Rapper/singer Lizzo, indie folk/soul artist Jenny Lewis, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and dance-punk duo Matt and Kim will top the 11th annual Maha Music Festival in Omaha in August.
Also set to appear at the Aug. 16-17 festival at Stinson Park in AkSarBen Village are garage punks Oh See, rapper Duckwirth, indie folk-blues artist Matt Mason, Snail Mail, Beach Bunny and Omaha’s Muscle Cousins, Domestic Blend, Escencia Latina Band and DJ SharkWeek.
With that lineup, Maha 2019 likely will be among the most female-centric music festivals of the summer, with women holding down the top four slots on the bill.
Lizzo, who will top the Saturday lineup, is one of 2019’s breakout artists, landing on magazine covers, played Coachella and dropping her third album “Cuz I Love You” before heading out on a tour that will take her to England’s Glastonbury, another of the world’s most celebrated festivals.
A “body positive” artist, Lizzo is an accomplished singer, rapper, flautist and a flamboyant stage performer known for her extravagant costumes, dancing and twerking.
Friday night headliner Lewis, who began her career in the indie-rock band Rilo Kiley, has released five solo albums, a couple of collaborations and appeared on recordings by Omaha artists Conor Oberst, Cursive and The Good Life as well as Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Brandon Flowers and Paul Shaffer. She will release a new album, “On The Line,” this year.
In the past five years, Barnett has become one of the most distinctive, compelling voices in indie rock. A 2015 Best New Artist Grammy nominee, Barnett has released a handful of critically acclaimed albums, including a collaboration with Kurt Vile, and is a much sought-after performer. After playing Maha on Friday, she’ll play Woodstock 50 the same weekend.
Brooklyn-based duo Matt and Kim, who played Maha 2013, will return with their new album “Almost Everyday” and their beat-driven, infectious anthems that turned the festival into a dance party six years ago.
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Maha will also present a concert, dubbed the Maha Middle Show, on Aug. 16 at the Waiting Room with indie pop band Pinback.
Maha will officially begin on Aug. 14 with Maha Opening Night, with art, music and other activities from 4 p.m. to midnight on South 13th Street near Little Bohemia. Details on that event will be announced in May.
Maha Discovery, a one day innovation conference, will take place on Aug. 15 at Metropolitan Community College’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology at the Fort Omaha campus. Featured speakers will be Douglas Rushkoff, author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age, and Jewel Burks Solomon, co-founder of Partpic, a startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision.
Passes for all the Maha events are now on sale at MahaFestival.com/buy-passes.
Music festival passes are $35 Friday/$75 VIP; $45 Saturday/$100 VIP and $80 two-day/$175 VIP. Maha Middle Show passes are $15, Opening Night $10 and Maha Discovery $135.