Mayhem: a juried competition & music festival for Oakland based musicians, presented by Awaken Cafe & Oaktown Indie Mayhem (formerly Oaktown Music Festival).

Oakulture: “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” sheds light on a literary icon, Oaktown Music Fest spreads local love, a poignant, dazzling “Porgy and Bess.”
Written by Eric Arnold

Local love abounded at the Awaken Café last Saturday, as the second night of the Oaktown Music Festival Award Winners showcase commenced. The inaugural event, the brainchild of Oakland Indie Mayhem booker Sarah Sexton and Awaken owner Cortt Dunlap, aimed to give more exposure to the cream of the local indie music crop. Winners were selected through a rigorous process which whittled down 2200 nominations and 250 bands to just six award recipients (plus six runners-up and honorable mentions). {read more}

Cafe awakens recognition of Oakland talent with music festival

The Daily Californian
Written by Elliot Classan

On Friday and Saturday nights, Awaken Cafe hosted a celebration of what according to 2,200 community members and nine music industry experts is the best music coming out of Oakland right now. Awaken Cafe — a coffeehouse by day and music venue by night — opened its doors Friday to a crowd of mostly 20-somethings for five hours of music from six local artists, all winners or honorable mentions of the Oaktown Music Festival. {read more}