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Maha Festival 2021 Review

Aug 02, 2021 05:09PM ● By Hannah Heser
guitarist with dreadlocks plays in purple lighting

Photo by Sarah Lemke

The Maha Music Festival of 2021 was an unforgettable event. It was full of many activities for people of all ages. 

This year's lineup had a variety of newer artists and bands, such as Khruangbin, Thundercat, Japanese Breakfast, Drive-By Truckers, and Shovels & Rope. There were also several local acts, including Matt Cox and the Marauders, Edem Soul Music, Dirt House, J. Crum, Kethro, and DJ Crabrangucci. They each had their own unique sound, which is part of what made it such a great event. 

There were a lot of attractions to keep busy throughout the day. One of those was a Ferris wheel right when you walk into the festival grounds. It gave people a chance to view the entire area from above. 

Another cool attraction was the dance party truck sponsored by Benson First Friday (BFF). People were required to accessorize with fun costumes they provided. I still have glitter on myself. You could also acquire some bling if you spotted “Andy Warhol” in the crowd.

There was a silent disco, with headphones provided by Nebraska Furniture Mart. Three different DJs put each set together, one of them being DJ Grig. 

I asked a few people at the event what they thought of the festival. 

“It’s pretty nice and I love the community. The fact that everyone is out here after the pandemic is pretty solid,” Scotty Crowell said. 

“It’s a blast and I had a lot of fun! Japanese Breakfast is my favorite band here,” Audrey Shell added. 

Crowell and Shell are excited to come back next year for another celebration. 

Overall, this year’s Maha Music Festival had a great turnout and it sounds like everyone is already looking forward to the next one. 

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