Annual Madden Road Music Fest features local music


MUTUAL – The annual Madden Road Music Fest takes place on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2 to 11 p.m. on 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.

Local singer-songwriter Daniel Dye hosts the festival along with his nieces and nephews, Andrew, Thomas, Carrie and Emilie Miller, who play locally as the Miller Road Band. The band features Dye’s original tunes using a mix of classical and folk instruments. Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band take the stage for an 8 p.m. performance. Musicians based in central Ohio and beyond will take the stage with a mix of indie, folk, gospel, rock and Americana roots music.

“Our family grew up singing together,” says Dye. “And the fest has become a way of coming together every year to listen to music and sing together again.”

The American Landscape is featured on the Pine Stage, along with local favorites The Muleskinner Band and festival hosts Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band. Columbus swing and jazz band the Whirlybirds will close out the festival with a rousing set.

The 2018 festival features a roster packed with established and emerging talent, as well as a lineup of family bands. The Castros, a husband-wife band, are based in Columbus and bring a blend of their respective cultures – Costa Rica and Ohio – to the stage. Rj Cowdery, an award-winning performer, well-known across the national folk circuit, is bringing her mastery of songwriting, the guitar and stellar vocals to the Oak Stage. Eric Krewson of The Chairman Dances, on the cusp of a new album release, will showcase his brand of intimate songwriting and intricate arrangements to the festival from his hometown of Philadelphia. 30 Stories Up is a band of two brothers from Columbus offering a “high-energy and rhythmic performance.”

New to the festival is the In-the-Field Stage, featuring intimate acoustic acts Out of the Pine and OldNews, from Columbus and Dayton, respectively. Out of the Pine offers rich instrumentation and tight vocals, and OldNews is a band full of surprises, with a rotating collective of performers offering a fluid performance style that emphasizes traditional instruments with a contemporary interpretation.

The intimate Black Locust stage features a roster of rock and indie folk, with Poptek Records founder Andy Ingram performing as XL427. Fest newcomers Jason Ropp, Shiloh Hawkins, and Lou Fran, singer-songwriters hailing from central Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, perform original work. Festival favorites the Kurtz family are returning to the stage, along with Starving in the Belly of the Whale, both acts offering moody, immersive experiences. The Zach Whitney Show is also returning, showcasing Whitney’s powerful vocals and energetic style.

The annual Madden Road Music Fest singalong closes out the evening from the Pine Stage.

Workshops and food

A few pop-up acoustic performances from the extended Dye family will take place as well as an expanded lineup of interactive workshops. Basic folk dancing, a workshop with musician Paul Race, the History of Bluegrass with Bill Purk and more are scheduled. Walking trails on the farm, singing around the campfire, and painting a communal mural to commemorate the 2018 event are all part of the Madden Road Music Fest.

Local favorites Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Hippie & the Farmer, Taco Hiro, and the Madden Farm Food Stand will all be providing fresh, locally-sourced food ranging from specialty coffee, salads, smoked turkey sliders, hamburgers, ribs, tacos and more.

General Admission is $15, Youth Admission $5 (6 to 17, with children 5 and under free), Family Pass is $35. Tickets can be purchased online or at the festival. On-site parking is available. For more information or to purchase tickets call 937-244-6481 or go to

Daniel Dye performs with Zach Whitney. Dye performs with Zach Whitney. Photos courtesy of Andrew Beitzel

Bill Purk of The Muleskinners leads a workshop. Purk of The Muleskinners leads a workshop. Photos courtesy of Andrew Beitzel

Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band perform on stage. Dye & the Miller Road Band perform on stage. Photos courtesy of Andrew Beitzel
Festival fun is 2-11 p.m. Saturday

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Submitted by the Daniel Dye family.

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