It was that time of year again; a very magical and special time of year. Time for PROJECT MAYHEM. Imagine, if you will, one of those classic summer movie scenes where it shows metalheads from all over Wisconsin packing the final items inside their vehicles and hitting those open (and incomplete construction zoned) roads to the Northwoods of Rhinelander to the BEST music festival of the year!
Just a brief re-cap for those of you who haven’t been to or heard of this event, Project Mayhem is a three day music festival. The music ranges from modern blue grass to death metal. This a grass roots festival started as a punk & metal show by two life-long friends and have cultivated it into what it is day. Featuring a variety of bands, musicians, and showcasing bands from not just Wisconsin, but others in the region as well. Really, it’s just a great time with all your music friends and family to kick it in Hodag Country and make life-lasting memories. Oh, and LOTS of fun and, most importantly, FIRE!!
This year it began with the MAN of Mayhem- Chris Craig’s birthday celebration! Check out our footage below!
Thursday kicked off this Northwoods bash hard and heavy! The booze was flowing, everyone’s spirits were high and the music was in full swing! Featuring the acts Zippnutts Scott Kirby, Dead Pedals, Wood Chickens, All Out Mutiny, X-undead, and topping the night off with H1Z1.
The party was just beginning; two more days of Mayhem and there was already so much to take in!
It was finally Friday and after a long week of work we made our way to the northwoods to join in all of the excitement. We had a long day of bands and artists ahead of us including: Phyl Wickham, Cheap Seats, Elks Startled By Thunder, Court Caust, Unnecessary Gunpoint Lecture, All Kings Fall, Forcefield, Red Flags, Elms, Circle Of Willis, Bourbon House and Ultrea!
The grounds had come to life with the sound of music and laughter that echoed throughout the woods. I was united with all of the friends I had made over the past couple of years working in the music scene and all was right with the world.
Saturday morning had arrived and the fun and games had continued. The infamous lobster had made its way overnight into another camp mysteriously; people were doing yoga, fires were being started and breakfast was being made. Everyone was going about their morning routines within the community and preparing for the final day of music that had awaited them.
The day was progressing so quickly with one amazing performance after another; it was hard to keep track of the time! Saturday featured artists and bands Caleb Delaney, As Bullets Baptize, Purging Paradise, Time To Kill, Desolate, Ave Imperator, Grave Remains, Beetlegork, Semtex, The Central, Mutilated By Zombies, Twichard, Casket Robbery, Thrasher, and Impaler!
Sadly, another year of Project Mayhem had come to a close. There were so many memories, great conversations, love, and friendship once again. As soon as you pack up your belongings and take one last look at the camp, you are longing to return the next year.
Project Mayhem is easily one of the greatest events Wisconsin has to offer. This event is more than just another music festival, its a music family reunion. I always leave there happy and recharged. Thank you once again to the Project Mayhem Crew who worked tirelessly to bring everything together and to all the bands who perform for keeping it real out there.
Project Mayhem 2019: Thank you!
Love, The Maehem Underground Media Team
Edited by Samantha Crocker
Videos filmed: Cat Sullivan, Emily Mae, Don Niesen
Edited by Emily Mae, Cat Sullivan
Photos by Don Niesen, Emily Mae, Cat Sullivan
COMPLETE GALLERIES: Navillus Media, Maehem Underground Media, Emily Maehem Photography
*LIVE FOOTAGE VIDEOS ARE THE BAND NAMES THAT ARE RED* Not all bands have full performances, but all bands have photos, we apologize to those of you who did not get live footage captures, with the amount of time we had to work this year, we simply couldn’t get to all of you, we loved and appreciated all of your performances and hope to see you again next year!