Maha Music Festival weekend (Alvvays, Ex-Hex, The Good Life and, oh yeah, it’s SOLD OUT); where are the after parties? Megafauna tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:45 pm August 14, 2015
The huge crowd at Maha 2014. Expect an even bigger crowd when the festival kicks off tomorrow at Stinson Park.

The huge crowd at Maha 2014. Expect an even bigger crowd when the festival kicks off tomorrow at Stinson Park.

by Tim McMahan,

There are a few guides to tomorrow’s Maha Music Festival online for those headed to Stinson Park  for the annual event that as of noon today is SOLD OUT.

The best guide is located at the festival’s website — — where you’ll find set lists, a good map of the compound, a list of vendors, the Globe poetry/comedy stage schedule and the Community Village index.

The website also lists the festival’s rules in its “FYI” section, including their leave-and-come-back policy, which has changed from previous years. This year, if you leave the grounds before 6:30 but intend to come back, you have to get a “re-entry voucher” and also have your ticket. If you leave after 6:30 you’re not allowed back in unless you’re a VIP wristband holder.

There are other Maha guides, if you’re interested. Maha’s official Public Relations Division — the Omaha World-Herald — published its guide, here.

And The Reader also published a guide to the bands, carefully crafted by Wayne Brekke, online right here.

But hey, if you’re just looking for the sched, here it is (again):

Noon    Gates Open
12:00    BOTH
1:15    Ex Hex
2:05    Alvvays
2:55    The Jayhawks
4:00    All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
4:35    Vintage Paisley (Omaha Girls Rock)
4:50    Wavves
5:55    Speedy Ortiz
6:50    Atmosphere
8:00    The Good Life
9:00    Purity Ring
10:20    Modest Mouse
Midnight Show Over – See you in 2016!

So where are the after parties? The “official” afterparty is being held at Reverb Lounge and showcases All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and Rothsteen. It’s free and starts at 11:30.

Meanwhile, the unofficial Maha after party is being held at fabulous O’Leaver’s, and includes a “special surprise guest” along with Oquoa, Sean Pratt and the Sweats and Nathan Ma and the Rosettes. $5, 9:30 p.m.

All of that is happening Saturday. What about tonight?

Well, there’s actually a Maha pre-show at Reverb tonight featuring The Good Life, but entrance is limited to just 100 and you must have your Maha ticket in hand to get inside. According to the One Percent website, “Watch our Facebook page this Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for a link to register for a spot for this show!” I couldn’t find the link, but I’m sure it (was) out there, right? Good luck.

Also tonight, Austin band Megafauna plays at O’Leaver’s. The female-fronted power trio has toured with Cursive, Mission of Burma and Trail of Dead, among others. Also on the bill are Laika the Space Bitch and headliner Lineman’s Rodeo. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday it’s all-Maha all day and all night. But one more show worth mentioning is Super Ghost at Midtown Art Supply, 2578 Harney. Also on that bill are Sioux Falls’ Tenenbaums and Low Long Signal. $5, 8 p.m.

That’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you at Maha.

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