For the first time, Maha Music Festival had a Day One.

A first day. Number one of two.

And what a first day it was.

Clarence Tilton kicked off the festival with a rowdy, rocking set. Bluesy rocker Benjamin Booker whipped up the crowd at Stinson Park with a set of foot-stomping, howling numbers.

And TV On the Radio closed things out with a bright and beautiful bang.

It’s quite a big difference from the scene at Maha 10 years ago.

I was there. I remember it well.

Bands like Dashboard Confessional and Big Head Todd and the Monsters performed well, but they weren’t exactly 2009’s hottest acts. As I wrote at the time, “some have questioned the selection of bands, the location and the one-day time frame.”

They weren’t exactly the caliber of bands playing Lollapalooza or Coachella, not even the undercard, and locally famous acts like Conor Oberst or The Faint weren’t on the bill.

How things have changed.

Maha’s big time now.