Fifth Annual Mad Love Music Festival to Rock the South Shore

Community unites to continue legacy of supporting young rockers through music

September 19, 2019

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces that the Mad Love Music Festival returns to the Jane Carr Amphitheater in Hingham on Sunday, October 13, from 11 am to 5 pm. Now in its fifth year, the 2019 Mad Love line up of rock bands, include Toast, Quadrafunk, Dionysia, Dalton & the Sheriffs, SixFoxWhiskey and The Aldous Collins Band.

A family-friendly event, 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 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 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.”

This year’s festival includes beer and food trucks from local partners, such as Hank’s Clam Shack,  Wahlburgers, Moyzilla, CP’s Woodfired Pizza, Seabird Coffee, Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream and Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Café.

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

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. A third campus in Hanover – The Glick Family Center for Creative Arts Therapies – is scheduled to open in the summer of 2020, offering the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.