“Mad Love is not a single event, it’s more a way of life”
It’s officially Mad Love week, leading up to one of our favorite weekends of the year. On Sunday, October 13th, the Shore Conservatory (SCC) in Hingham, MA will proudly will proudly host the Mad Love Music Festival at their Jane Carr Amphitheater. The 2019 lineup includes: Toast, Quadrafunk, Dionysia, Dalton & the Sheriffs, SixFoxWhiskey and The Aldous Collins Band.
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 the 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 of Massachusetts, 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.
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.
As we get into the Mad Love spirts, we had the chance to connect with each artist on the bill to tell us what being a part of this inspriing event means to them.
I am eternally grateful to Mad Love for getting me to a place today where I am able to chase my dreams full time. 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.
~ Jack Holland, a student at Berklee College of Music and former recipient of the Dave Jodka Scholarship
Dalton & The Sheriffs
Mad Love is not a single event, it’s more a way of life. It’s a living, breathing testament to the role a community can play in healing and collective memory. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Dave, but — as a Scituate resident — I know exactly what he stood for and what he meant to those who loved him when I see people wearing Mad Love hats while spending time with their families at Minot, or when I drive by the stickers on the street signs in North Scituate (or backstage at the House of Blues!). The fact that the festival helps build a love for music and bands amongst kids on the South Shore is an incredible legacy.
~Brian Scully (vocals/acoustic guitar)
It’s an honor to be a part of the festival because we were all once those children with stars in our eyes and ambition in their hearts. Doing our part to give back and support the local music community is what drives us to achieve new heights and inspire the next generation of rockers!
Aldous Collins Band
We are all searching for good moments… Mad Love is a supplier of great feels and good times. Every year I leave Mad Love feeling inspired. I’m very Grateful to be a part of the Mad Love movement. Join us for another year of Mad Lovin’ vibes.
Mad Love represents an opportunity for us to celebrate the local music scene and to thank those who have helped us on our journey thus far. The outpouring of support that we have received over the last 4 years from friends, family, and complete strangers on the South Shore has been truly remarkable. We host a local open mic on Mondays and there is an insane amount of talent and creativity happening right now. We hope to continue to support one another by writing and performing music that makes you want to get up and groove!
It’s amazing what the Mad Love team does for the local music community; giving young musicians the opportunity experience the love and joy of performing music. We’re grateful to be a part of this year’s Mad Love Festival!