September 13, 2021 by Hilary Jenison (courtesy photos)
The annual Mad Love Music Festival is excited to be back and better than in ever in 2021 to once again rock out Hingham’s South Shore Conservatory. Featuring an incredible line up of musicians, food, drinks and activities for the whole family, Mad Love Music Festival is a South Shore tradition to raise funds to sponsor a scholarship for young rockers.
This year’s festival will be held outdoors on October 10th, 2021 from 11:00-5:00 in the SSC’s Jane Carr Amphitheater. This year’s line-up of incredible performers includes: Dalton & The Sheriffs, Los Elk, These Wild Plains, Aldous Collins Band, Gracie Grace & All The Goodboys, and Overnight.
“We’re grateful to be able to rock out with our amazing Mad Love community once again this October,” shared Kathleen Jodka, Founder of Mad Love Music Festival. “It’s been a tough year for many and we know the power of healing that music and Mad Love can provide our community.”
The annual 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. It 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.
2021 Mad Love Lineup
The headliner of this year’s festival is Dalton & The Sheriffs. They are fresh off of their headlining show at the Leader Bank Pavilion and have recently recorded two brand new albums. They are ready to ROCK! Los Elk is another must-see in this year’s lineup, uniquely mixing Indie-Rock with flares of funk, pop, and R’n’B. Festival goers will not want to miss returning MLMF musicians - These Wild Plains and the Aldous Collins Band, who always bring the house down. A newcomer to this year’s lineup is Gracie Grace & All The Goodboys, a blues inspired soulful pop/rock five-piece band that is not afraid to serenade, shred, show off, & strut their good stuff. Last but certainly not least is Overnight, Mad Love’s Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers band who will debut their new sound after over a year of hard work, songwriting, and many remote rehearsals to perfect their new vibe.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring a new lineup that shares our mission of working hard, being kind, having fun and always spreading Mad Love,” shared Kathleen Jodka. “We can’t wait to turn up the volume this year and get down with this eclectic lineup of country, rock, funk and pop musicians.”
Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers
Each year, proceeds from Mad Love Music Festival support SSC’s Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers which has funded the regionally known band, Toast, and now supports the second generation of the Mad Love house band – Overnight. 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 pays for a coach and other professionals who will help the students truly develop as a band. 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 and learn all facets of a rock band including designing merch, setting up gigs, songwriting, recording, and more. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to pursue their passion for music at Berklee College of Music and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, among others.
This year’s festival will include exclusive merchandise, beer and food trucks from local partners, including Hank’s Clam Shack, Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream, CP’s Woodfired Pizza and Moyzilla. The festival will also include partnerships with Untold Brewing featuring their limited release Mad Love IPA and new partnership with Barrel House Z featuring a special batch of Mad Love seltzer.
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.