Midwest Mayhem celebrates its ninth year on May 15 at the City Museum. As a KDHX DJ and music and art lover, it's a highlight of my year.
I have to admit that lately, I'm feeling the effects of age. On the back end of my 40s, my body is letting me down, my short-term memory is shot through with holes and I feel my aesthetic and artistic sensibilities are, to say the least, unappreciated by the current crop of whippersnappers coming up.
When Matt Pond announced that he would be going out on tour to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his album "Emblems" he shared that he "wrote the album when I first started drifting between New York and Philly. Since I haven't stopped drifting, it feels as relevant as it did ten years ago."
Reggae music can be somewhat polarizing – people tend to either really love it or really don't. For those who do – myself included – Bob Marley is generally regarded as the Godfather of reggae, and certainly the most widely known and celebrated reggae artist outside of Jamaica. Marley's songs have endured the test of time and continue to resonate with audiences around the world.
This weekend doesn't offer many shows that pique my interest, but the few that do are quite appealing.
"What's your favorite color?" Jessica Lea Mayfield asked the crowd, who responded with a chorus of polychrome. "If you put all those together," Mayfield smirked, "it looks like shit."