Sophie Paven of Hingham performs in the SSC band Toast at Mad Love Music Festival, image by Christine Ward Photography – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) proudly presents the fourth annual Mad Love Music Festival in the Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham on Sunday, October 7, from 11 am to 5 pm. The 2018 Mad Love lineup of performing artists includes Carissa Johnson & the Cure-Alls, The Silks, These Wild Plains, The Aldous Collins Band, Pressure Cooker and SSC’s rock band Toast, which is supported by Mad Love.

The Mad Love Music Festival was established in 2014 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 and roll.  Featuring local musicians, food, drink and activities for the whole family, Mad Love Music Festival has evolved into an enduring, special tradition to raise funds to sponsor a scholarship for young rockers.

The Jodka family with SSC band Toast, image by Christina Ward

“We’re incredibly excited about this year’s Mad Love Music Festival, and humbled that we are in our fourth year of empowering and inspiring young musicians,” said Dave’s wife, Kathleen Jodka, Festival founder. “Our family looks forward to this day all year, as a positive way to come together as a community to celebrate the life of our hero through great music, dancing and fun for all.”

Each year, proceeds from Mad Love Music Festival support SSC’s Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers which funds the now regionally recognized 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 will truly help the students develop as a band.  Over the years, the band Toast has evolved to create its 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.  Toast recently studio recorded their debut album and will be sharing new music at the Festival.

This year’s festival includes beer and food trucks from local partners, including Hank’s Clam Shack, Wahlburgers, Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream and Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Café.

The Aldous Collins Band performing at Mad Love Music Festival, image by Paul Hoffman

Tickets to Mad Love Music Festival are $35 for adults, $20 for students and $10 for children. VIP tickets are available for $100 in addition to a $50 virtual rocker ticket for fans to support Mad Love, in the event that they are unable to attend. To purchase tickets, learn more about Mad Love, volunteer opportunities or to become a 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 4,000 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.

Audience members cheer on Mad Love Music Festival, image by Paul Hoffman

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, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, 781- 934-2731, and 135 Webster Street, Hanover, 781-421-6162. 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.