One of the unexpected highlights of my summer last year was the humble Madden Road Music event, which takes place on the Dye Farm in rural Cable, OH.
This event has so much potential. It was also the one of the most relaxing and therapeutic outdoor music events I’ve attended—possibly ever.
Expect to drive out to a family farm about 45 minutes outside of Columbus, OH. Once you park, you’ll find plenty to do and probably make some new friends. The three stages are all custom built by hand.
The musical flavor is decidedly chill and humble. The house band of sorts is Daniel Dye and the Miller Road band—an americana/folk group with a Mennonite background. Expect sing-alongs, camaraderie, and some social commentary as well (one of my favorite songs from them is called “The Saddest City in the USA”).
The balance of the lineup has something for everyone. The American Landscape will be on hand to headline and to assuage any indie snobs—though I highly doubt you’re a snob if you attend this this event. This folk is earnest and warm, and it’s promoted by indie label Poptek Records. Seriously, watch the music video for “Follow You Home” below.
Changes for the festival this year include expanded trails for hiking, a new hammock grove, and tree education and planting. Otherwise, expect lots of great music, good food, and plentiful chances to embrace being “away from it all” for a day.
Find all the info you need at the festival’s website here. I strongly recommend attending and supporting a different side of DIY music and promoting. It all starts at 2PM this Saturday at 1791 Madden Road Cable, OH 43009.