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Five young professionals organize non-profit to put on inaugural MAHA Music Festival

Omaha June 29, 2009 by Danny Schreiber

090629_mahamusicfestivallogoAfter launching their website a week ago, the organizers of the inaugural MAHA Music Festival held a press announcement today making it official. Saturday, August 29th, Dashboard Confessionals will be headlining a six band line-up that will be expanded in coming months to include local acts, as well.

The announcement, which took place at the future site of the festival, Lewis & Clark Landing in downtown Omaha, was conducted by Traci Hancock, one of its five organizers. The others are Mike App, Tyler Owen, Tre Brashear and Mike Toohey, and together they formed YFC, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)3. "YFC" simply stands for "Your Festival Committee," but their goal is a bit more elaborate:

YFC is committed to building MAHA in to an annual, multi-day event for the community, featuring music and arts in multiple venues throughout the city, culminating in a weekend, outdoor event.

With this goal, they've already caught the attention of those who carry some serious weight in the community - Mayor Suttle offered his words of support at the announcement and Alegent Health and McCarthy Capital Corp. have signed on as sponsors.

If their line-up doesn't impress or entice you, remember that it's in its infancy and that, at least from my experience, the event just isn't about what's on stage, it's about the community that you immerse yourself in. So now, there's a challenge to Omaha to match the excitement and enthusiasm that they're hoping to bring to the city. (And a big plus is the ticket price: all general admission, $29.50/each.)

In July, there will be a call for volunteers - App estimates that they'll need between 120-150. And in the coming months there will be a call to local bands to become involved in the festival. The specifics of that are unknown but we'll make sure to break it to you when we learn. You can also follow them on Twitter @mahafestival.

Check out the videos below to hear more from a couple of the event's organizers and watch the press conference in its entirety (sorry about the shakiness of the last one, it gets pretty bad at parts and, for your safety, might be best listened to and not watched).

Mike App

Tyler Owen

Maha Music Festival Announcement

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