Pictures of MAHA; Grandfather, Lightning Bug tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: — @ 1:56 pm August 15, 2011

by Tim McMahan,

Look for a comprehensive review of Saturday’s MAHA Music Festival tomorrow. It’ll also be featured in this week’s column. For now, here are some images from the show, held at Stinson Park, Aksarben Village.

The crowd gathers

The crowd was somewhat light at 1:30 p.m., but still exponentially larger than any early afternoon at the Red Sky Festival.

Machete Archive on the MAHA "second stage," which was located just to the left (south) of the main stage. Soundwise, it blew away the small stage at last year's MAHA fest at Lewis & Clark, and gave the main stage a run for its money.

The Rev. Horton Heat as seen from behind the metal barrier that kept the crowd from the stage -- something that wasn't there for Playing With Fire.

The So-So Sailors was one of the afternoon highlights, and along with Noah's Ark, had the strongest performance on the small stage.

Despite being seated behind a music stand for his entire set, J Mascis moved the MAHA crowd.

Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship's huge crowd pushed as far back as the edge of the Main Stage. Are they the best unsigned band in Nebraska?

Cursive on the big stage, from left, Matt Maginn, Tim Kasher and Ted Stevens. Meanwhile, keeping time in back, was returning legendary drummer Clint Schnase.

Between cigarettes and quarts of hard stuff, Guided by Voices rifled through a set of their greatest hits.

More to come.

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Tonight at Slowdown Jr., it’s Grandfather with Lightning Bug and Family Picnic. Though unsigned, Brooklyn’s Grandfather has been getting a lot of press lately, including listed in SPIN’s “10 Must Hear Artists at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, 2011,” as well as being name checked by the legendary Steve Albini in a GQ article. Says Albini: “There was a band that came into the studio a while back called Grandfather. They were an art-rock band that organized the funding of their record through Kickstarter. They were really well rehearsed and came into the studio and knocked the record out in a couple of days… That’s the kind of nimble, efficient behavior that was previously impossible when there was a corporate structure involved. It gives me confidence other bands will figure it out.” $6, 9 p.m.

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1 Comment »

  • G-B-V! G-B-V! G-B-V! So shouted my friends and I from the front row over whichever Maha festival organizer was on-stage talking about some guitar auction for charity.

    Comment by Eric — August 15, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

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