Review:'s 4/20 Tent Bash

These days, when throws a party, you can expect a diverse musical offering and a noteworthy turnout. Such was the case last Wednesday (the pot-smokers holiday, 4/20) when they roped off the Mousetrap parking lot, installed a massive tent and brought in local favorites from the jam and electronic scene to perform on two different stages. With over 900 attendees throughout the night, previously-held Mousetrap sales and attendance records were smashed to smithereens.

With a recent crackdown by neighboring businesses whose parking lots are often used by nighttime Mousetrappers, parking was sparse for the 4/20 crowd. Next door, the Locals Only lot was taped off (and empty), forcing early attendees into the parking area at 56th and Tacoma. But that only lasted so long before people had to get creative. The morning after,’s Facebook status read, “If you had to park in a neighborhood and walk a 1/4 mile to get to the party last night, you are awesome.”

Finding one’s way, however distantly parked, was easy: just follow the bass. The colossal white tent hosted 13 DJ’s that started playing at 3 p.m. and ran until around 1 in the morning, when police finally demanded the tent be quieted. Despite the night’s chilly temperatures, the tent’s interior was kept tolerably warm thanks to two industrial heaters.

Midwest Hype
Photo by C-Style Photography

Inside, the jam stage saw five of Indy’s (and one of La Porte’s) finest acts across the 12-hour long event. Rich Hardesty and his band were the appropriate headliners, performing their first-ever show at The Mousetrap. Hardesty moved the crowd to sing along with his famous odes to weed, including a stripped-down, Rasta version of “All My Friends Are Stoners”. Midwest Hype played a bumper crop of new material in anticipation of a sophomore album release later this summer, and Max Allen sat in with The Twin Cats for a special collaboration during the night’s final set.

Topping off the eclectic, well-executed, single-day festival was an ongoing fire show (courtesy of Northern Lights Entertainment), held in a roped-off area between the tent and the building. There, expert performers tossed and twirled flaming hoops and pois, offering a unique way to break from the music and see something different. And if you were in the right place at the right time, you were also afforded a peak at the pair of alien women (dressed in silver with red-painted bodies) who roamed the premises throughout the night.

Photo by C-Style Photography

If’s big 4/20 tent bash is any indicator of things to come at this year’s Mojostock, you’ll want to keep them (and their ever-evolving music festival) on your radar for later this summer.