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Will Patterson

The ninth annual Maha Music Festival will once again be taking place in Aksarben Village on Aug. 19. The grassy bowl of Stinson Park will serve as the amphitheater for the festival, while local nonprofits will have stands providing alternative entertainment and activities.

General admission tickets are $55 if purchased in advance. Tickets on the day of the festival will have an increased price of$65 which will give access to the entirety of the festival’s performance and Community Village activities. The $185 VIP package was sold out at the time of publishing.

This year’s lineup for Maha Music Festival will be giving the audience a healthy mix of local emerging artists and nationally known acts.

The headlining performance will be Run the Jewels, the rap duo composed of Killer Mike and El-P. Their show will be featuring new music from their latest release,“Run the Jewels 3,” which is available for free download on their website.

Another notable act and local favorite that will be returning to their home city is The Faint. Maha will be a stop on their tour for their latest album, “Capsule: 1996-2016,”which will be looking into The Faint’s Omaha origins in addition to their future plans.

The full list of groups that will be performing can be found at the Maha Music Festival website.

A unique aspect of the festival is its non-profit nature. The event is made possible by a long list of local sponsors, one of which is the University of Nebraska at Omaha.Many of the sponsors are nonprofits that are active in the community and help bring awareness to a variety of causes. Group swill include Planned Parenthood, KANEKO, Sienna/Francis House and many others.

Given the community theme of Maha Music Festival, volunteers are a big part of what makes it all possible. Volunteers receive a general admission ticket in addition to a T-shirt to commemorate the festival.Those who are interested in volunteering can sign up on the festival’s website.

Maha Music Festival’s Community Village gives a platform to the festival sponsors.The village will have stands for local non-profits spreading awareness for various issues while also providing fun activities.

theme that will be prevalent at this year’s Maha Music Festival is suicide awareness and prevention.

More information about Maha Music Festival’s efforts to bring awareness to mental health can be found on their website and blog. Going beyond the Saturday festival,Maha keeps active in the community year-round with updates on their social media aimed at keeping the conversation going.

Those who are interested in biking to Maha Music Festival are encouraged to do so. The festival is taking place along Keystone Trail for easy access to cyclists. A valet service with bike racks will be available at the festival.

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Emily Petry

As a student here at UNO, Baxter Arena brings images of hockey and basketball games, of student involvement fairs and concerts. New to the campus last year, the arena made quite the entrance, even hosting President Barack Obama in Jan. It has become a place that students know, but one that the community has also noticed.

Unfortunately, the arena’s first year ended up $1.5 million in the red, something that officials were a little surprised by. With all of the events that took place there in the last year, it’s hard to understand why so much money was lost.

“There are a lot of things we learned, a lot of positives, but with any entity, you’re going to run into some expenses you didn’t see,” Brent Meyer, Associate Athletic Director Brent Meyer said.

Last year didn’t turn out the way it was expected to, but like any new project, it is impossible to be 100% sure of the costs and revenue.

Vice Chancellor of Athletics Trev Alberts said a lot of the costs were one-time costs, and it often gets compared to a starting business, but he said they are “much more prepared to be successful.”

When planning events that are going to be held in the arena, there is an “interesting challenge” because there are set schedules for sports in what is known as the prime times (Friday and Saturday nights). It is hard to plan for events around the sporting schedules, as well as the schedule of the touring events and how many people they expect to come.

Both Alberts and Meyer agree that the “sweet spot” for events at the arena are between 4,000-6,500 fans.

Meyer’s said a lot goes into planning the events, and that it’s all “relationship driven and understanding the promoters.” He said it’s a fast business, promoters buy a show and then immediately have to find a location to host it so the relationship between location and promoter is crucial.

He said for Baxter Arena, they go above and beyond to help ensure each event gets the attention it deserves.

Alberts agrees, and also said it is important to hold events college students can relate to.

“The fact that we’re on a college campus is a huge benefit. We need to have the kind of shows that the students at UNO are interested in seeing,” Alberts said.

Events students are interested in seeing include concerts, such as Flo Rida last semester, put on by Maverick Productions, or Korn and Breaking Benjamin, held this past weekend.

The arena is in high demand, booked in advance as far as 2019.

“The demand is high, and that’s why we’re so optimistic for the future,” Meyer said.

Alberts said Baxter Arena is just another way to help get UNO’s brand out there, and that “we want to grow with UNO.”

“We have these amazing facilities [in the Omaha area] such as the best zoo in the world, the Holland Center, TD Ameritrade. Baxter Arena and Holland Ice can match these.”

To help reach more of the student community, they are currently thinking of ways to incorporate MavRec into the arena.

“The building is an anchor to draw people,” Meyer said.

Although many people think of the arena as a place for the athletic department, it is there to help encourage “alumni, community engagement and student engagement.” The athletic department is an integrated department, and involving the community is the next goal.

Of course, with the year ending in the red, there were some budget cuts for the athletic department, “roughly 10% operational cuts” Meyers said.

“We’re like anyone else when the budgets are difficult. We have to be realistic and make appropriate cuts,” Alberts said.

They won’t be budgeting for a lift from the arena next year.

Alberts and Meyer believe in adding value to the community, and it’s safe to say the arena is definitely a great investment in the future of UNO.

“If we aren’t doing that, we don’t really have a whole lot of value,” Meyer said.

Here’s a breakdown of some costs the arena faces during events.

To flip the floor from the ice that the hockey players skate on to the wooden floors for basketball, volleyball and other events are held on is approximately $3,000 every time, due to the costs of bringing in workers to put down the flooring.

For concerts held at the arena, the costs come with handling the different equipment that is needed, as well as the staging.

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Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor

If you have been living in Omaha for any amount of time, you have probably heard of Benson First Friday.  BFF is a celebration of the art, music, fashion and food of Omaha, all crammed into the Benson neighborhood on the first Friday of every month.  The manifold restaurants, galleries, bars, music venues and streets teem with performance of every kind.

Friday, September 4, however, will see a special First Friday, the Benson First Friday Femme Fest.  All of the 45 bands playing feature at lest one prominent female member.  The opening ceremony starts at 7 p.m. with popular local band All Young Girls are Machine Guns playing at The Waiting Room.  From there, the festival spreads out over seven bars and venues and continues until 1 a.m.

Attendees will have some tough decisions to make, as each venue will have simultaneous shows.  Not all of the venues are all ages though, The Waiting Room and The Pizza Shoppe Collective being the only two.

The majority of the bands playing are from the Omaha and Lincoln area.  La Guerre from Kansas City and American Pinup from New York City will also be playing.

Tickets are $10 through 1% Productions and will also be available on the day of the show.



The schedule is as follows:

The Waiting Room Lounge (all ages)

7:00 – 7:45 All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

8:00 – 8:35 Clark & Co.

8:50 – 9:25 Belles & Whistles

9:40 – 10:15 Million Little Voices

10:30 – 11:05 SUN DAY

11:20 – 11:55 The Ronnys

12:10 – 12:45 PYRATE

Sweatshop Gallery 

8:00 – 8:35 Hunit Proof

8:50 – 9:25 Badland Girls

9:40 – 10:15 Blowing Chunks

10:30 – 11:05 Big AL Band

11:20 – 11:55 Manic Pixie Dream Girls

12:10 – 12:45 Domestica

1:15 – 2:00 LIFE is COOL

The Barley Street Tavern

8:00 – 8:35 The Ragabonds

8:50 – 9:25 Phoenix Rising

9:40 – 10:15 Cat DeLuca

10:30 – 11:05 La Guerre

11:20 – 11:55 The Shinys

12:10 – 12:45 Black-Eyed Susan

Burke’s Pub

8:00 – 8:35 24 Hour Cardlock

8:50 – 9:25 The Wagon Blasters

9:40 – 10:15 Cimarron Rose

10:30 – 11:05 The Electroliners

11:20 – 11:55 Pleiades & the Bear

12:10 – 12:45 Pancho & the Contraband

Reverb Lounge

8:00 – 8:35 Edem Keggy

8:50 – 9:25 Blue Bird

9:40 – 10:15 Minutes to Miles

10:30 – 11:05 Mesonjixx

11:20 – 11:55 CJ Mills

12:10 – 12:45 Kait Berreckman Band

The Pizza Shoppe Collective (all ages)

8:00 – 8:35 Molly & the Dustbunnies

8:50 – 9:25 Mary Ruth McLeay

9:40 – 10:15 Miniature Horse

10:30 – 11:05 Elizabeth Webb

11:20 – 11:55 Bell Mine

12:10 – 12:45 The Clocks

The Sydney 

8:00 – 8:35 Naive Filter

8:50 – 9:25 Speedsweat

9:40 – 10:15 FIZZ

10:30 – 11:05 Calling Cody

11:20 – 11:55 American Pinup

12:10 – 12:45 FREAKABOUT