Maha Music Festival has made a splash with its lineup announcement, Hullabaloo Music and Camping Festival dropped its lineup over the weekend (more on that later), and we have practically nothing from the biggest music festival in town.
Red Sky? Anything? Bueller?
The festival kicks off July 18 — two months and 15 days from today — and we don't yet know the lineup. Finally, the festival will announce its lineup on Monday.
The announcement isn't coming too late, but two months out is a short time for a festival. You want people from town and others to travel, which means they'll have to take some days off from work to see your festival as well as plunk down a few hundred dollars on tickets, food and beer.
I originally wrote this column before Red Sky announced its pending lineup announcement. The column was about all the head-scratching I (and probably some of you) have been doing regarding Red Sky.
The festival — run by the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority and LiveNation — will no doubt be popular. Considering MECA's track record with booking popular artists at the CenturyLink Center and LiveNation's track record in making so much money, it's hard to think no one will show up.
That said, Red Sky has been through a series of missteps.
Unlike last year, the lineup announcement was kept under wraps so it could be announced at once (good). Then Brad Paisley's press agent announced his Red Sky date early (bad).
On Facebook, Red Sky officials said they'd announce the lineup by the end of March (good), then said early April (fine). The lineup is now coming on Monday (OK) and the festival's Facebook page had been silent until last week (not good).
Finally, the festival was cut to four days from six (not really a big deal), but organizers decided to merely change the date on the festival website and let its fans figure it out (bad, bad idea).
I still think the big critics are a vocal minority, but if you handle these things better, you silence those critics. More important, you could have even bigger crowds and make this festival a corenerstone event for this city.
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Hullabaloo Music and Camping Festival began last year by the Kris Lager Band. It's a three-day event at Riverpark West. Headliners are That 1 Guy, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and Curtis Salgado.
Other bands in the lineup are The Show is the Rainbow, Voodoo Method, UUVVWWZ, Lucas Kellison and Matt Cox. More will be announced at a later date.
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Maha Music Festival has received a lot of buzz for booking Desaparecidos and Garbage, among others.
Festival organizers told me people from as far away as Russia and Canada have bought tickets. A map shows most ticket buyers are from Omaha, but there are clusters of purchases around Kansas City, Chicago, New York City and even some in Seattle, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.
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The folks that run the Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln have put together a summer concert series at the city's Pinewood Bowl. So far, they've announced concerts from B.B. King (Aug. 17 — neat), Crosby, Stills & Nash (Aug. 8 — neater) and My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses (Aug. 7 — incredible).
Concert series organizers told me there are lots more to come. Tickets and concert info can be found at pinewoodbowltheater.com.