By Eileen Puzo, with Clare, Andrew, Conor and Matthew Jodka
In preparation for the fourth annual Mad Love Music Festival, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) invited some very special guest authors to write this week’s Conservatory Notes article. They are excited to tell you all about Mad Love, which takes place at SSC on Sunday, October 7. And they should know! They helped start it all…
Hello! We are the Jodka kids. Our names are Clare, Andrew, Conor, and Matthew, and we want to tell you about Mad Love. We started Mad Love because our dad, Dave Jodka died from sinus cancer. He loved music and he loved his family. He was in multiple bands and he could play multiple instruments. In memory of him, we created the Mad Love Music Festival. Mad Love is a music festival to celebrate the life of our dad. Mad Love is fun for all ages with activities for everyone! There will be live bands, food trucks, lots of merchandise, fun activities for kids, and more!
“My favorite part of Mad Love is the food trucks because I like the Galley’s french fries!” says Conor (8).
“My favorite part of Mad Love is seeing the people we know and love because it is always fun to see people we haven’t seen in a while!” Andrew (10) says.
“My favorite part of Mad Love is the music and the games because the games are fun and the music is fun to listen to! I also like meeting the bands!” says Matthew (7).
“My favorite part of Mad Love is seeing friends and family and meeting up with them to take pictures, play games, dance to music, get snacks, or even merchandise!” says Clare (12).
Mad Love is an incredible opportunity to see where your money goes and how it is put to good use. In fact, all the money we earn from tickets and merchandise will be put into a scholarship called The Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers. This scholarship creates a rock band of high school students who get to learn through South Shore Conservatory. This band we created is called Toast. It is an awesome opportunity for them to meet new people and experience something they have never experienced before.
We like to rock out, just like our dad. Andrew plays drums and trombone, and Clare plays the piano. Maybe someday we will even be part of Toast (the SSC rock band that Mad Love Music Festival supports)!
We believe Mad Love is more than just a music festival. It is a reminder to be grateful every day and live with gratitude, just like our dad. Tickets are now on sale! Don’t miss out! To buy your tickets or learn more information, got to www.madlovemusicfestival.org . We hope to see you there!
So take it from the Jodkas! Mad Love is where you want to be on October 7. This great-for-all-ages day features performances from SSC’s Future Rockers Toast, as well as Carissa Johnson and the Cure-Alls, The Silks, These Wild Plains, the Aldous Collins Band, and Pressure Cooker. With food trucks from Wahlburgers, Hank’s Clam Shack, Sadie Mae’s, Nona’s, and Drank, lawn games and a kid zone, it’s a great day for rockers of all ages.
South Shore Conservatory’s Mad Love Music Festival is Sunday, October 7, from 11am to 5 pm at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham. Tickets may be purchased at madlovemusicfestival.org.
Eileen Puzo is SSC’s Community Engagement Manager. A Hingham resident, she has been involved with Mad Love Music Festival from its inception.