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

Nominations for Mayhem 2014 are open – pick your favorite Oakland songs and videos now!

The Bay Bridged
by Jason Shane

Formerly known as the Oaktown Music Festival, Mayhem is now in its second year, led East Bay promoter/booker extraordinaire Sarah Sexton and another twenty-first century downtown Oakland maverick, Awaken Cafe owner Cortt Dunlap. Sexton and Dunlap have seemingly done more than anyone to champion the cause of East Bay music over the last few years, and Mayhem is their bread and butter – a contest for the locals by the locals, highlighting the best of the best from the town they love – Oakland. {read more}