Revolution radio station brings indie music to Bowling Green at festival

Greensburg, Ky. native Nash Gumm, 21, dances and screams during Robert DeLong’s set during Mayhem Music Festival April 26, 2013. “His show was a blast.” Nash said.

Christian Marnon

Revolution 91.7 brought independent music from the airwaves to Circus Square Park with their 10th annual Mayhem festival.

Music aficionados braved an onset of rain on Friday to watch a lineup of eight up-and-coming independent artists, five of which were Kentucky-based. Three of the five Kentucky artists, Fair-Weather Kings, Mahtulu and Sixteen, hailed from Bowling Green.

Proceeds from Mayhem went to New Beginnings, a therapeutic horse riding program for students with disabilities.

Frankfort sophomore Angela Conway, public relations director for Revolution 91.7, said the big score for Mayhem 2013 was Robert DeLong, an electronic artist who performed at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a highly-esteemed music event in Indio, Calif.

“Robert DeLong came all the way from Los Angeles,” she said. “He just played Coachella and he’s going to go on his European tour right after Mayhem — it’s insane that he’s here.”

Conway also said Bowling Green has consistently produced quality artists.

“There are a bunch of talented musicians scattered throughout Bowling Green and some surrounding areas and they all get together and have that common goal of making good music,” she said.

Owensboro junior Laura Byrd, a DJ for Revolution 91.7, shared similar thoughts.

“I feel like there are more bands that come out of Bowling Green than for my example, Owensboro, my hometown, which is 70 miles down the road,” she said. “I think Bowling Green may even do a better job with the independent scene than Nashville.”

Attendees at the show were appreciative of Revolution’s contributions to music in Bowling Green.

Elizabethtown junior Joseph Duke said Revolution 91.7 has introduced him to a variety of bands.

“I’ve gotten a lot of my local music tastes from Revolution,” he said.

Max Erskine, of Bowling Green, said Mayhem provides a fun opportunity to see artists that get regular airplay on Revolution, in person.

“Revolution brings great music to the world,” he said.

Conway said that was the crux of Revolution’s mission.

“We’re kinda like the launching pad for these musicians,” she said. “We are the guys who give the underdogs a chance and the guys who make the big music, big.”

Conway said the line between “mainstream” and “indie” music is becoming increasingly indistinguishable.

“Music listeners want more than ever to break away from the predictable rifts and the self-explanatory lyrics and want something deeper and more meaningful,” she said. “We’re coming on 25 years here in the fall, and the response has been crazy and it’s not just the college demographic. There’s lots of people that say ‘Wow this is really out there?’ Yes, it really is and we’re helping to bridge the gap a great deal.”