Here's my list of top 10 reasons to attend -- add your own reasons to go in the comments!
10. Your favorite local band (or seven) is playing.
The Midwest Mayhem 2014 lineup (with some 19 musical artists performing) spans all of the genres that you hear every week on KDHX: folk to blues to country to rock to pop to jazz to funk to DJs. This year's lineup is terrific: 18andCounting, Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band, Bruiser Queen, Diesel Island, Funky Butt Brass Band, Jon Hardy and the Public, Karate Bikini, Kentucky Knife Fight, Mario Pascal and Theresa Payne. And that's just for starters.
9. Your new favorite local band is playing.
I love live music, and I've been lucky enough to hear a lot of our city's best bands. But one of my favorite things about Midwest Mayhem is getting to discover musicians I've never heard before or bands I've been meaning to catch but just haven't yet. Here are a few that I'm most excited to see for the first time: Boreal Hills, Braining, Doorway, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear (from Kansas City), People's Key, Sidney Street Shakers, the Dust Covers and Watt Hill.
8. KDHX DJs will be here, there and everywhere.
If you've ever wanted to meet one of your favorite KDHX DJs, Midwest Mayhem is the place to do it. I can't promise that all 70+ of us will be there, but there's a good chance you'll run into a friendly voice (and face) at this party.
7. 2000 KDHX fans can't be wrong.
If previous years are any indication, thousands (literally) of St. Louis' most passionate music lovers will be at Midwest Mayhem 2014. And the event is family friendly, so feel free to bring the kids. There's truly no better group to have a party with.
6. Midwest Mayhem is more than music.
You may come for the bands (or just the giant slides), but Mayhem also features scores of other art forms. There will be poetry readings at the Literature for the Halibut Stage in Beatnick Bob's, two sets of St Lou Fringe performances on the Skate Park Stage, body painting, a human statue, a Photomaton booth, a drum circle and who knows what else.
5. Food, drink and a kissing booth.
Midwest Mayhem always has plenty of food (BBQ, hamburgers, brats and pizzas for starters) and drink available, but KDHX fans can't live by bread (and music and pale ale) alone. The Arch City Roller Girls will be running a "Kiss or Diss" booth, and I for one plan on taking my chances.
4. The City Museum isn't a museum.
It's the weirdest, most wonderful, ever-evolving space for art in St. Louis. If you haven't been to the City Museum in a few months (or even ever), there's no time like Midwest Mayhem to experience it.
3. You couldn't get off work for Coachella, SXSW or Sasquatch.
But Midwest Mayhem is right here, in your own backyard, and it's a great way to get a head start on the summer. And if you donated to KDHX during our last drive (or are a sustaining member), admission is free. And if not, you can get tickets for just $20, which beats Sasquatch hands down.
2. You love art. And burlesque is an art form. Really.
Mark your schedule for 10:20 p.m. at the Skate Park Stage for one of Mayhem's most popular attractions: a burlesque performance that's as classy and skillful as it is sexy.
1. You donated to KDHX. And this is our way of thanking you.
KDHX has been broadcasting since October 1987, and it's you the listener who makes that possible. So let us thank you, live and in person, on May 15. See you there!