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

About Mayhem

Presented by Awaken Cafe and Oaktown Indie Mayhem, Mayhem, in its third year, is a Juried Competition & Music Festival exclusively for Oakland based musicians. 

The public is invited to nominate their choice for Oakland's best song or video during the public nomination period starting September 1, 2016. The nomination period ends on September 30th. (Nominations will be submitted through this web site starting September 1st.)

Winners will be crowned Best of Oakland by an all-star jury of local music professionals, receive a paid feature at the festival in November 2015 (advance tickets and festival passes will go on sale soon), and have a chance to win studio time along with other cool prizes from Oakland businesses.  

Mayhem was created to shine a bright light on Oakland's extraordinary music scene and to celebrate the incredible talent, dedication, and hard work of the musicians who call this place home.

Mayhem Producers

Cortt Dunlap
Awaken Cafe

Cortt Dunlap is the owner of Awaken Cafe, a performance venue, espresso bar, craft beer house, and gathering place in the heart of downtown Oakland. Cortt moved to the East Bay in 1996 and lives in Oakland with his wife Shalene, 4 year old son, and 12 year old dog. Cortt has been to Burning Man ten times between 1999 and 2008, lived on a converted greyhound bus for a year, has a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from UC Berekeley, loves being a father, adores his rad wife and believes that life is a blank page for you to write the story you choose.

Sarah Sexton (SSQUAR'D)
Oaktown Indie Mayhem
Owner | Creative Coordinator

Sarah Sexton is the owner of Oaktown Indie Mayhem Productions, Co-Owner of OIM Records, Co-Founder of Mayhem Festival, and Music Booker for Awaken Cafe, The Legionnaire, and various other venues, street fests, music crawls, and music festivals throughout the (mostly) East Bay Area. When she’s not starting record labels or booking shows, she’s off causing trouble, trying not to get caught, and never saying sorry. Get it Kitty.