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Danielle Meadows
Sokol Auditorium
Built in 1926, Sokol Auditorium is a historic staple located on South 13th Street, home to the Little Bohemia neighborhood of South Omaha. The auditorium was originally built to house the Czech community’s social activities. Today, the auditorium hosts mostly hip-hop and rock concerts and gymnastic events. The venue is made of tan bricks and large curved windows, creating a rustic and gracefully dated appearance that no other venue in Omaha can beat. Sokol hosts all-ages shows multiple times a month. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit Sokol Auditorium on Facebook.
Milk Run
A smaller, newer venue, Milk Run made its debut in 2015. The space
is located at 2578 Harney St. in the basement of a building. The location makes for one of the most intimate concert experiences Omaha has to offer. Milk Run features local and nationwide Do It Yourself (DIY) acts, meaning the artists don’t rely on paid specialists and instead do everything themselves. Genres featured here range from punk to electronic and anything in between. Those who visit Milk Run often find themselves drawn to the community vibe of the venue, bringing people together with a love for organically grown mu-sic. All concerts are all-ages, with some of the lowest ticket prices anyone can find in Omaha. For a list of upcoming events, visit Milk Run on Facebook.
Located downtown in the Saddle Creek Records complex, Slow-down is another live music venue with an emphasis on all-ages concerts. Originating in 2007, the name Slowdown is an homage to the early Omaha music scene, with band Slowdown Virginia (later becoming Cursive) as the inspiration. While waiting for music to start, audience members are welcome to play board games, a variety of arcade games or pool.The venue has a unique, open lay-out with tables and chairs available for those who would rather not be right next to the stage. However,for more adventurous concert-goers, Slowdown tends to not have a barricade which makes for a much more intimate concert experience.For a list of upcoming concerts and information on Slowdown(including its all-ages policy) http://www.theslowdown.com/.
The Waiting Room Lounge
Starting as a car dealership in the 1920’s, the building at 6212 Maple St. gradually transitioned into something much more. Before be-coming the venue it is today, this Benson location housed The Lift Ticket Lounge, hosting legendary bands such as Sound garden and Nirvana. Years went by as the building changed, finally opening as The Waiting Room in 2007 by two men with a passion for local and touring acts. They made huge improvements to the venue’s sound and lighting systems, drawing in audience members and top-tier performers like never before. The Waiting Room hosts all-ages concerts of every genre, ranging from Wiz Khalifa to Imagine Dragons. For more information and a list of events, visit www.waitingroom-lounge.com
Spielbound Board Game Café
A unique place for those under 21 to hang out is Spielbound Board Game Cafe, located at 3229 Harney
St. For only $5, patrons get a day pass to play any of Spielbound’s board games with thousands from which to choose from. Spielbound has a wide variety of locally roasted coffee drinks and pizza available for purchase to enjoy while playing. For more information, visit www.spielbound.com.
Hookah 402
Known as one of the best hookah lounges in Omaha, Hookah 402 is minutes from campus located at 312 South 72nd St. Those 18 and older are allowed into the lounge for a laid back and welcoming experience. Whether you’re a hookah pro or are interested in trying it for the first time, Hookah 402 provides those who come in with the most respected brands on the market for the best flavor in every puff. Students with an ID receive a discount on Tuesday nights. For more information, visit www.hookah402.com.

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Photo by Maha Music Festival

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.