The second annual Madden Road Music Fest will be held Saturday in the old town hall in Mutual, six miles east of Urbana. It will feature 10 live bands on both indoor and outdoor stages.
“The music ranges from bluegrass, blues and rock. There’s a nice variety,” said Daniel Dye, organizer of the event.
“They are all Ohio bands, except for Brad Byrd, who is from Massachusets,” said Dye. “There is a growing interest in roots music”, says Dye, “and we have so much talent in central Ohio. I thought it would be a great idea to feature that through a festival.
“Some of the bands we have include the bluegrass band Black Diamond; folk and blues musician Todd the Fox; blues, rock and funk band Trey Stone; funk and new-wave band William the Accountant; and the award-winning indie rocker Brad Byrd. My band, Daniel Dye and The Miller Road Band play folk, Americana and bluegrass. We are in the process of recording a second album to be released in early 2013.”
Proceeds from the event go to restoring the old Town Hall. “This got started because my mom has an antique store on the first floor, and we went upstairs and it’s beautiful up there. So we got this idea to make it a music hall,” said Dye. “The second floor has huge windows, which give it lots of natural lighting. There’s exposed brick, and, when we cleaned it, it looks like a downtown New York apartment. We found wood floors and discovered it was once a gymnasium. And we found an old chalkboard that led us to find out that it was also an old school house. We just think it has lots of character and we want to fix it up and make it a nice place for the community.”
Dye has big plans for the building. “Last year we ran electricity in the building. Now we want to paint and shellac the walls, and provide better lighting. Then we have to dig a well and put in plumbing and a kitchen,” he said.
The grounds will open at 2 p.m. Madden Road Family Homecooked Food will offer hot dogs, pizza, grilled cheese and beverages. Also planned is a jam session at 2 p.m. for anyone who wants to participate.
Discount tickets can be purchased in advance on the website. Tickets are also available at the door.