Mayhem 2014 kicked off its 2014 nomination period on Monday, soliciting the opinions of Oakland music fans far and wide about the best songs and videos from Bump City musicians this year. The nomination period runs through October 1, winners will be announced on October 20, and the event culminates with performances by those winners at Mayhem Festival, which takes place at Awaken Cafe on November 14 and 15.
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.
This year’s categories include those that are selected by the Mayhem jury (Best Song by an Oakland Band, Best Song by an Oakland Solo Artist, Best Music Video by an Oakland Musician, and Best In Show), plus the People’s Choice and a couple new producer-selected winners (Best Song by a Solo Artist or Band Under 18 Years Old and Best Song by a Solo Artist or Band from the San Francisco Bay Area—not Oakland). In each of the first three jury-selected categories, the 15 most nominated tracks and 10 producers’ picks will become finalists.
We here at The Bay Bridged are excited for this new iteration of Mayhem and all of the positive attention it brings to the Oakland music scene. Now, we’re also proud to announce that Daniel Senter – our Production Associate and connoisseur of all things East Bay – was selected as a member of this year’s jury.
Okay, enough already – get on over to the Mayhem nomination page and make sure you represent your Oakland favorites from 2014. After you finish, be sure to stream this Soundcloud playlist featuring Mayhem 2013 winners, and then watch last year’s People’s Choice, Emily Moldy’s video for “My Own One,” below.