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Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of The Flaming Lips, performs amid a sea of black confetti during the Maha Music Festival Saturday at Stinson Park.(ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD)
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Fans entertain themselves before Matt & Kim take the stage during the fifth annual Maha Music Festival at Aksarben Village in Omaha on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.(ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD)


Top 5 things about this year's Maha Music Festival
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer


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Maha: a beautiful day for some beautiful music

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Maha Music Festival gave fans a lot to enjoy.

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The 5,100 in attendance — the daylong festival's largest-ever crowd — danced, hula-hooped and cheered through the day and into the night.

We identified the top five memories that will stick with us from Maha 2013. What was your favorite Maha Music Festival moment? Tell us on Omaha.com.

Matt and Kim's balloons

When pop duo Matt and Kim took the stage after sunset, they mixed hip-hop covers with their own super-fun, bouncey songs. At one point, drummer Kim Schifino threw uninflated balloons into the audience. After people blew them up, singer/keyboardist Matt Johnson asked them to throw the inflated balloons in the air; during the song “Now,” the sky was filled with color.

The beautiful weather

With temperatures in the 70s and a light breeze, Saturday was the perfect day for sitting outside and taking in some tunes.

The Flaming Lips' freaky fun

Love or hate the music — some were divided on that one — you had to enjoy watching The Flaming Lips with their wild lights, black confetti and other craziness. As frontman Wayne Coyne put it, it's great “when the weirdos of the world are allowed to do their thing.”

The biggest crowd Maha has ever seen

Maybe 5,100 people doesn't sound like a lot, but they filled up Stinson Park. Instead of showing up for one band and leaving, most stuck around for the whole day of music and enjoyed every band. The large audience made everything even more fun.

The local bands

On Saturday, the area bands' music and performances stood up next to the nationally touring acts on the main stage. It says a lot about the area's music scene if Criteria and Digital Leather can rock just as hard (and nearly as loud) as The Thermals and Bob Mould.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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