By Eileen Puzo
Most of the times in life that I can look back on and think “THAT was awesome” are one-offs. Weddings, birthdays, special events. There’s one time, however, that I get to repeat this year: Mad Love. I think you should be there, too.
The Dave Jodka Mad Love Music Festival is an annual day of great live music, delicious local food and drink, community and positivity, all in celebration of the life of my friend Dave. Dave loved all of these things, but more than anything, he loved his family and friends. So many of them have come together to create Mad Love. Last year, the event sold out in advance with over 750 guests. They came from Hingham, Scituate, the Cape, Norwood, New Jersey, Chicago, Florida, D.C., California and more. It is that much of a good thing.
So I want you to be there, too! I want you to listen to one of the awesome live bands who will play. I want you to hit up the food truck from Galley in Scituate, and sip a cider or get a sausage from The Sausage Guy. I want your kids to have the time of their lives in the Kid Zone while you play a game of Mad Love branded corn hole. I want you to witness firsthand the very real and palpable love that Dave Jodka inspired. When something is this good, you want to share it. I promise you will walk away feeling like you have been a part of something awesome. And you have!
Mad Love was born out of inspiring grace in the face of tremendous loss. Some of you know the story. Dave Jodka, a Scituate father of four, husband to Kathleen, and so much to so many others, lost a year-long furious battle to rare cancer at the age of 44 in October of 2014. I think the word the British use to describe this feeling of loss and devastation is “gutted.” And yet, in the face of this, Kathleen and the kids thought about what Dave loved and how to honor his memory. And Dave loved music.
Throughout his brilliant life, Dave performed in bands. He talked about being a teenager and just knowing that his band could have been a smash if they’d just had the resources…someone to coach them in everything from branding to marketing to creating an engaging performance.
With this in mind, Dave’s family introduced Mad Love as a way to establish a scholarship in his name at South Shore Conservatory to enable students of all backgrounds to experience the same love of music that Dave inspired. These students work weekly with a coach who is a professional rocker, get a first-class education in marketing, and train alongside specialists in their instruments. I am absolutely delighted to announce that Toast, the first recipients of the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers, will make their debut at this year’s Mad Love, on the same stage as internationally touring bands. Dave would be psyched.
I’d invite you to mark your calendars for October 9, 2016 from 11 am – 5 pm for Mad Love, but given the speed with which it sold out last year, I think you’d better buy your tickets first and mark your calendar after! Come be a part of an amazing day! Share the Mad Love.
Tickets to the Mad Love Music Festival may be purchased at http://sscmusic.org/mad-love-music-festival.html. South Shore Conservatory is located at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham.
Hingham resident Eileen Puzo is not only a huge Dave Jodka fan, she is also South Shore Conservatory’s Director of Annual Giving.