Merry Maha!

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Maha Music Festival

When: Saturday, August 16th

Where: Stinson Park, Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets, Omaha

Tickets: $50

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"Punk rock doesn't always have to be music. Learning a new language is punk rock."

So says Dee Radke, the 21-year-old lead singer-guitarist for punk band Radkey (pictured), one of 12 acts invited to play the highly anticipated Maha Music Festival Saturday (August 16th) at Aksarben Village's Stinson Park.

In an upcoming tour documentary spotlighting the young band of siblings, which includes 19-year-old Isaiah on bass and 17-year-old Solomon on drums, the trio throws out other gems:

"Playing rock and roll is a pretty awesome job," says Isaiah.

"We're nerds, but a lot of nerds do a lot of cool s**t," says Dee. "Like play in a band."

"I hope Radkey changes the face of rock and roll," adds Solomon.

By the way, their music is "pretty awesome," too. It's a vintage garage punk sound that is simultaneously scatter-shot, melodic and loud. Pleasantly loud. Out of all the impressive bands set to perform Saturday beginning at 12:10 p.m., Radkey is one set I MUST NOT MISS!

Curious ears can tune into Radkey by watching the St. Joseph, Missouri band's video to "Cat & Mouse." Click here.

Another band I’m really anticipating is Omaha's M34N STR33T, a hip-hop group that also plays early in the day (1:55 p.m. while Radkey plays at 3:35 p.m.)

M34N STR33T is on a roll. This threesome has it going on and locals have taken notice. They're one of the most popular local groups performing today, which is no doubt why the Maha selection committee wanted them on their stage. M34N STR33T just released a new video, called "Nite Owl," that is a distinctive departure from the trio's usual sound. There's an old-school early '60s vibe floating underneath that's just plain cool. Watch it by clicking here.

Americana roots-rocker Matt Whipkey, the Both featuring Aimee Mann & Ted Leo, Icky Blossoms, there are so many reasons to go to the Maha Music Festival this year. None more so than Death Cab For Cutie, the headliner of the day. For fans of emo indie rock, it doesn't get any better than Death Cab.

The popular Maha Community Village is back this year with several booths hosted by nonprofits, including local artists with hands-on activities. New this year is a Ferris wheel. There's also an air-conditioned tent area that will feature comedy relief from local giggle factory OK Party Comedy. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but no outside coolers or drinks.

12:10 p.m. – Domestica
12:45 p.m. – Matt Whipkey
1:20 p.m. – Twinsmith
1:55 p.m. – M34N STR33T
2:30 p.m. – Doomtree
3:35 p.m. – Radkey
4:30 p.m. – The Both
(feat. Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)
5:40 p.m. – The Envy Corps
6:35 p.m. – Local Natives
7:45 p.m. – Icky Blossoms
8:50 p.m. – The Head & The Heart
10:15 p.m. – Death Cab for Cutie

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