Several weeks ago some of the friendly fellas organizing the Maha Music Festival asked if I would design a backstage press tent where the musicians would have their photos taken and be interviewed. At that point I knew that bands like Matt and Kim and The Flaming Lips were performing, so I basically said, “duh, I’m in”.
And this is how it went down.
First, I only had a limited amount of time to get stuff organized and develop an idea of what the space could look like. The Maha people knew they would like to bring in an artist’s work as a possible backdrop and as another cool way to highlight creative people in our city. Considering I am a huge fan of supporting my local arts community, I thought that approach was pretty fantastic. I partnered with artist and gallery owner, Kim Reid Kuhn to bring in one of her large scale paintings as one backdrop, she brought in artist Sarah Rowe and I used two of Sarah’s paintings as the other backdrop.
Next, we approached the stylish gentlemen of Hutch, where we rented some swanky mid-century furniture pieces to add to a few tables and things I was already planning to bring. For you Omaha people, a visit to this store is well worth your time.
The final result:
Kim Reid Kuhn artwork and Hutch couch.
It feels like a pretty eclectic and fun vibe for bands to chat. I’m dying to see the professional photos considering these were just shot on my phone.
The other side:
Hutch Furniture and Sarah Rowe artwork.
Hutch had also lent us a really cool floor lamp that unfortunately was the fatality of a gust of wind and large canvas attack combo. Major party foul. It would have snuck back in behind the white chair. But it still came together really well so let’s just pretend that everything went perfectly as planned.
Finally, what more can I say but that Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) hung out in there (amongst other bands).
It was an interesting experience that also came with some perks like a full day of live music.