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Madden Road Music Festival is back


MUTUAL – The Madden Road Music Fest takes place on Saturday August 13 from 2pm to 10pm at the old Madden Farm in Mutual. Madden Farm has been in the same family for seven generations and serves as the venue for the family’s micro music festival, which had come to a halt during the pandemic.

Local singer-songwriter Daniel Dye hosts the festival with his nieces and nephews, Andrew, Thomas, Carrie and Emilie Miller, who perform locally as the Miller Road Band. The band presents Dye’s original tunes using a mix of classical and folk instruments. Musicians based in central Ohio and beyond will take to the stage with a mix of indie, folk, gospel, rock and American music.

“After not hosting the festival for a few years, it’s great to be back,” Dye said. “This event has been a way of getting together every year to not only listen to live music, but to play music together, and we’ve really missed that experience.”

The 2022 festival features a packed roster of established and emerging talent, as well as a range of family bands. The Castros, a husband-wife band, are based in Columbus and bring a mix of their respective cultures – Costa Rican and Ohio – to the stage. Blues musician Joe Waters will be featured on the Oak Stage, featuring the classic sounds of regional favorites The American Landscape.

New to the festival is the Sweet Gum Acoustic Grove, featuring live music in the unusual and inspiring setting of the woods, where musicians will perform surrounded by trees in a venue that also includes an original sculpture created by Springfield artists Nate and Mandie Fleming. Also new this year is music from The Pinkerton Raid, a North Carolina-based band with a fan base in central Ohio.

Bill Purk & Reed Jones of The Muleskinners and Bob Lucas & Chris Westhoff, all local legends in their own right, will perform on the Oak and Pine stages respectively, and singer-songwriter Joelle Hochstedler will bring her sweet voice to the event in which has become a regular feature.

The Zach Whitney Show also returns, showcasing Whitney’s powerful voice and energetic style. 2022 will also highlight the performance of Dr. Chris Bingman, a mandolin master, who will play at the annual campfire towards the end of the festival.

Festival hosts Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band will play two sets: an acoustic tracklist earlier in the day, before closing the festival with a catchy set that culminates in the annual tradition of leading the audience into a Pine single. Arrange.

A few pop-up acoustic performances by the extended Dye family will take place, along with a lineup of interactive workshops. Basic folk dancing, native tree planting and interactive Bluegrass with Bill Purk are on the program. Walking trails on the farm, singing around the campfire and painting a communal mural to commemorate the 2022 event are all part of Madden Road Music Fest.

Festival sponsors Hemisphere Coffee Roasters will be on hand with their menu of mixed drinks and coffees. The lineup of food vendors includes Chido’s Tacos, the Christian Brothers, and the Madden Farm Food Stand, all offering fresh, local foods from fresh tacos to grilled pizzas, and more.

Family or individual admission can be purchased at the festival. Free on-site parking is available. For more information, call 937-244-6481 or visit www.maddenfarm.com.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band are pictured live on stage.

Bill Purk of the Muleskinners runs a workshop.

Daniel Dye is pictured with Zach Whitney.

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Info from Sarah Kelly