Not-to-be missed music news
The fourth annual free festival takes over downtown Wilmington July 16
Ladybug Festival, Gable Music Ventures’ free block party, returns to downtown Wilmington for a fourth year on Thursday, July 16, with a colorful lineup of female musicians.
Multi-instrumentalist Angela Sheik, a local favorite, will return this year, along with other well-known local musicians Joy Ike, Mary Arden Collins, Michelle Ley and Nalani & Sarina. Thirty-six artists, ranging from 15-year-olds to grown women, and from rock to acoustic, will perform. The headliner is TBA.
The 5-10 p.m. free festival will take over the LOMA district, from 2nd and 3rd streets to Market and Shipley streets, with musicians, food trucks and vendors. This year includes two outdoor stages, featuring the main stage at 3rd and Market, and another at the courtyard at Delaware Technical Community College. Seven Market Street venues, including Shenanigans, Extreme Pizza, Film Brothers and LOMA Coffee, also will host performances.
Last year’s festival attracted a crowd of about 2,000, says Gayle Dillman, co-founder of Gable, an event-planning organization.
“It really was a showcase for the city,” she says. “Providing an outlet for original music is one way to try to tip the scales from negative press.”
Gable co-founder Jeremy Hebbel says they expect upwards of 3,000 festival-goers this year.
“No matter what you like, you’ll find something here,” Hebbel says.
For more information, visit gablemusicventures.com.
Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium
New workshop honors Brown’s legacy June 15-18
In conjunction with the annual Clifford Brown Festival (June 13-20), the inaugural Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium will come to the Christina Cultural Arts Center from June 15-18.
This first-ever jazz training workshop—named in honor of jazz trumpet great and Wilmington native Clifford Brown—will feature aspiring jazz trumpet artists in daily intensive training with four renowned professionals. Organizers are hoping it will be an annual event.
Musicians Terell Stafford, Brad Goode, Greg Gisbert and Al Hood will educate attendees about Brown, his Wilmington upbringing and local jazz education. The honored daily guest is Brown’s son, Clifford Brown, Jr.
This exclusive training includes courses in listening, transcribing, improvisation, music theory and tune learning, and concludes each day with an old-fashioned jazz jam session.
For more information, contact Alan Hood at 587-7590 or email@example.com.
Delaware Chamber Music Festival
Celebrating 30 years of making music
The Delaware Chamber Music Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary season June 12-21. This annual festival consists of four concerts over two weekends, led by Philadelphia Orchestra violinist and Wilmington native Barbara Govatos.
Performances, which bring world-class chamber music to the community, are at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington.
Highlights of this year’s festival include the “Trout Quintet” of Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s iconic “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” and the jazz/classical ballet score “Points on Jazz” by Dave Brubeck. The festival will also continue its commitment to featuring music by women composers with a performance of Heidi Jacob’s “Winter Light,” and showcasing contemporary works with George Crumb’s dreamlike “Four Nocturnes.”
Complete programs are online at dcmf.org. The Music School of Delaware is at 4101 Washington St. Tickets are available online or at the box office on performance days.
Light Up The Queen launches new program June 14-28
The Light Up The Queen Foundation’s newest arts education initiative is a student residency program, to be held from June 14-28 in downtown Wilmington.
The Foundation, which is dedicated to the revival of The Queen Theater in Wilmington, aims to ensure that The Queen is a catalyst for building community through art, music, education and more.
Ranging in age from 17 to 25, 14 jazz studies applicants from throughout the country have been selected for the residency.
In addition to informal jam sessions and lunchtime concerts at various indoor and outdoor settings during the two-week residency, a free and open-to-the public final concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, on the main stage at The Queen.
The concert program will be original music composed by the students and performed by all the students in ensembles that will be assigned at the beginning of the residency.
Participants will attend day-long workshops, master classes, and private lessons taught by a faculty of jazz masters. Instruction will take place at The Queen, Delaware College of Art and Design, The Grand, and the Christina Cultural Arts Center.
For more information, visit lightupthequeen.org.