30 Days to MAHA + 2 More Tickets to Win!
This is our second recent article about MAHA (we also covered the 60 Days to MAHA Showcase), but unlike sophomore slumpers Turn It Upside Down, Fairweather Johnson, and Caddyshack II, there are good reasons behind our second offering:
- MAHA is awesome and deserves as much good press as it can get! Anyone who has experienced SXSW in Austin, TX knows how much that festival has raised the profile of the city in the national conscience. Let’s go, Omaha!
- What can we say, we love talking about local bands, and the 30 Days Showcase has five more good ones (band bio’s and links below, with some new interviews coming soon!)
- We have 2 more tickets to give away! There, we knew you’d forgive us!
We’re once again giving away two tickets.
- Make sure you are registered on Omaha.net before you comment. It only takes a second, and we’re going to need the name you register with to notify you!
- Comment below: “What’s the last good concert you saw in Omaha?”*
- Here’s the twist: you must physically show up to the MAHA Showcase where we’ll announce the winner. We’ll make our announcement in the middle of the evening, not too early, not too late! You must be present to claim your tickets.
Contest ends Thursday June 24th at noon
*note: If you’ve been staying inside a lot recently (like certain web developers we…er, are friends with), you can name your “Omaha dream concert.” Anyone will do. Except the Spin Doctors.
Now before you say, “Why do I have to show up, can’t you just mail them to me?” Uh, it’s a FREE concert. With awesome bands. Show up! We’ll whet your appetite with a list of the bands appearing at the 30 Days to MAHA Showcase. And remember, you can vote for your favorite at the showcase, with the winning earning a spot on the Local Stage at the MAHA Festival!
Isn’t that a great name for a band? No word yet if their sister band, East Coast Bias, actually exists, but one things for sure: you haven’t seen a band like this before. Featuring a revolving ten person lineup, including a flute, a tuba (!), and an upright bass, and a list of friends and collaborators that stretches to 23, Midwest Dilemma plays music that will go over well in Omaha: there’s a hint of Bright Eyes in the arrangements and the audacity (and even the occasional Godspeed! You Black Emperor sound, if only Godspeed replaced the ever present crescendo with, you know, something else. Like vocals).
The Matt Cox Band plays the kind of bluesy roots music that sounds like its been to there and back again. And in a case of life imitating art, it probably has. Though the band was formed relatively recently, Matt has been touring the country as a musician since 2002. The Phoenix, AZ by way of Shenandoah, IA transplant has become, like so many others, a Benson regular, playing up and down the bars of this city like he was a born and raised Omahan. A CD review would list off the genres Matt Cox so insouciantly slips into. An article promoting a FREE Showcase and giving away FREE tickets? We’ll just say, Mr. Cox is an eclectic, talented man, and you’ll be happier for having seen him play.
For a band that meant to be duo, Honey & Darling seem to be growing into their triumvirate nicely. Our own Dave Splash compares them to early 90s outfit The Blake Babies—and who are we to disagree?—but for a reference that might resonate more with younger listeners, think…oh man, this tough, why didn’t you warn us Dave? Maybe Camera Obscura minus the cowboy boots. If that doesn’t resonate, you’ll just have to see them live. An energetic up-and-comer.
Nashville-native Tim Wildsmith has been performing in Omaha for a few years now, following the formation of his band, The Lost Cause. The bearded-band may wear the facial hair of Portland indie rockers, but Wildsmith is actually known for a brand of music often critically derided: pop. While occasional diversions into alternative and alt-country help to round out the sound, Wildsmith plays an honest, catchy, heartfelt brand of pop that fans of David Gray of the Gin Blossoms—if they have fans anymore—will find appealing.
Four dudes and a lady making Omaha proud. Their sound blends a little indie with a little classic rock, meaning comparisons from early 80s Richard and Linda Thompson (the male/female vocal thing) to mid career Hold Steady (the piano in the forefront thing) are possible—and probably ultimately flawed—with Lazy-i’s Tim McMahon evening throwing out a Journey reference, and meaning it as a compliment! If good rock music is your thing, Landing on the Moon foots the bill without sounding too…mainstream.