For the fifth year in a row the Mad Love Music Festival will be returning to the Jane Carr Amphitheater at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham on Sunday, October 13, from 11 am to 5 pm. The 2019 Mad Love line up of rock bands, include: Toast, Quadrafunk, Dionysia, Dalton & the Sheriffs, SixFoxWhiskey and The Aldous Collins Band.
The Anchor can personally attest that this event is not to be missed! It provides a unique opportunity to expose local youth to great rock & roll -- and, it's a great time for all attendees regardless of age. The Boston Globe recently voted Mad Love as one of the best Fall Family-Friendly events of 2019.
The Mad Love Music Festival was established in 2015 by the Jodka family after Dave Jodka, an incredible father and musician passed away from cancer at the age of 44. The Festival was founded to celebrate Dave’s life and create a legacy to share his love of music and inspire future generations of musicians through great rock & roll. Featuring local musicians, food, drink and activities for the whole family, Mad Love Music Festival has turned into an ongoing, special tradition to raise funds to sponsor a scholarship for young rockers.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years of the Mad Love Music Festival,” said Kathleen Jodka, founder. “The amount of love, music, learning, community, gratitude and good times that have grown from grief has exceeded our wildest dreams. We are humbled by our supportive community, proud of the musicians we’ve fostered and inspired by the mad love that continues to grow each and every year.”
Each year, proceeds from Mad Love Music Festival support SSC’s Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers which funds the now regionally known band, Toast. The scholarship, which is open to high school students on the South Shore, covers all expenses associated with performing in the band. Most importantly, the scholarship also pays for a coach and other professionals who will truly help the students develop as a band. Over the years, the band Toast has evolved to create their own vibe and sound. Due to the scholarship, the members of the band are able to pursue their love of rock music in a way that is not often experienced at the High School age. Past band members of Toast have gone onto to pursue their music at Berklee College of Music and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, among others.
“I am eternally grateful to Mad Love for getting me to a place today where I am able to chase my dreams full time,” said Jack Holland, a student at Berklee College of Music and former recipient of the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers. “It's pretty simple, attending the Berklee College of Music has been my dream since elementary school, but without Mad Love, I would very likely not be here today. While I've had the goal of attending Berklee for a very long time, Mad Love undoubtedly gave me the tools to accomplish that goal and to move onto bigger and better ones. And on top of all of this, I have gained a whole new, massive family for life, for which I am equally as grateful.”
There is something for everyone at this year’s festival which includes a new beer garden as well as and food trucks from local partners, including Hank’s Clam Shack, Wahlburgers, Moyzilla, CP’s Woodfired Pizza, Seabird Coffee, Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream and Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Café. The merch tent is also not to be missed as the Mad Love Music Festival is the only place to purchase the highly sought-after merchandise.
Tickets to Mad Love Music Festival are $35 for adults, $20 for students and $10 for children. VIP tickets are also available for $100 in addition to a $50 virtual rocker ticket for fans to support Mad Love, even if they are unable to attend. To purchase tickets, learn more about Mad Love and for volunteer opportunities or to become a sponsor, visit madlovemusicfestival.org.