SSC’s Mad Love Rocks On with Third Annual Music Festival

The Aldous Collins Band

For the third consecutive year, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) proudly announces Mad Love Music Festival returns to the Jane Carr Amphitheater on Sunday, October 8, from 11 am to 5 pm at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham.

Featuring local musicians, food, drink and activities for the whole family, Mad Love Music Festival has turned into an ongoing, cherished tradition allowing friends, family and all rockers to celebrate the life of the Jodka family’s favorite musician, David Jodka.

In 2014, the Jodka family’s life took an unexpected turn when Dave, an incredible father and musician passed away from cancer at the age of 44. Throughout his life, Dave shared his love of music whenever possible, especially with his children, some of whom are SSC students. Because of this, his family knew the best way to keep his memory alive was through music.

“Music made Dave’s heart happy and our home happy – and is a powerful way for the kids and I to stay connected to him,” shares Kathleen Jodka, Dave’s wife.  “Even more powerful is the unique opportunity that the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers continues to offer local high school students. Thanks to the generosity of all Mad Love supporters, our community is witnessing the birth of Toast, one of the coolest high school rock bands ever.”

Each year, proceeds from Mad Love Music Festival support SSC’s Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers. The scholarship, which is open to high schools students on the South Shore, covers all expenses associated with performing in the band it creates, now known as Toast. Most importantly, the scholarship also funds an SSC faculty coach and other professionals who truly help the students develop together as a band.

Last year, with the help of their spectacular coach Erik Caldarone, Toast, hit the Mad Love stage performing their own original songs and demonstrating the positive impact the Mad Love community’s generosity has had on their growth as musicians.

Joining Toast to perform, this year’s talented lineup includes Dalton & the Sheriffs, The Aldous Collins Band, Adam Ezra Group, Julie Rhodes, and Ball in the House.

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, visit

SSC’s Jane Carr Amphitheater completely updated its sound and lighting systems in 2015. Funding for this project was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. SSC is also grateful to the individuals who generously donated the matching funds required as part of this grant.  For more information about SSC, visit

Mad Love Music Festival sponsors as of August 31 include: Schroders Investment Management, Oral Surgery South, The Kiernan Family, The Lynch Family, Planter Hill Properties, Christine and Michael Puzo, The Tully Avalos Family, The Bonzagni Family, Cory and Kevin Coughlin, Fruit Center Marketplace, The Holland Family, Kristina and Drew Colantonio, Longford & Company, Inc., Carol Tully, and Brian and Judith Williams. For more information on becoming a Mad Love sponsor, visit

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or 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.

Photos:  © Christina Ward Photography