Ladybug Press Release


************** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/17/2013 **************



WILMINGTON, DELAWARE –July 18, 2013 Gable Music Ventures, in association with 2ND & LOMA and Downtown Visions, presents the Ladybug Music Festival — a free block party in Wilmington’s popular Loma neighborhood (Lower Market Street) featuring live music from 30 independent female musicians. From 5:00pm to 10:00pm, the 200 block of Market Street will be transformed into a street festival featuring free live music in seven establishments plus an outdoor stage between 2nd and 3rd streets on N Market Street.

Last year’s event successfully brought 700+ people downtown on a Thursday in July.  With the addition of an outdoor stage that will feature a performance by Philly based AlyCat to kick off the festival, and Pittsburgh based Lovebettie to close out the night, the festival is expected to draw record attendance.  A partnership with the online super music website ReverbNation generated over 1,000 submissions from artist all over the World, and has assisted the organizers in putting together a wonderful mix of local headliners and touring artists.  Local performers, IVA, Noelle Picara, Angela Sheik, and Jessica Latshaw will join other artists from Pittsburgh, to Baltimore, to Philadelphia to create a night of amazing original music.   Along with the addition of the outdoor stage, seven of the businesses on the block; Shenanigans, Extreme Pizza, Film Brothers, Zaikka Indian Grill, the Kitchen, Babe Styling Studios, and Loma Coffee will host musicians.

Artist Lineup: AlyCat, Angela Sheik, Ashley Leone, Brooke Dicaro, Canyon, Chelsea Rae, Christa Blue, Em McKeever, Gina Degnars, IVA, Jessica Graae, Jessica Latshaw, Joy Ike, Katie Barbato, Kira Alejandro, Lauren Kuhne, Lovebettie, Maggie Gabbard, McKinley Short, Nadjah Nicole, Nalani & Sarina, Noelle Picara, No Stringz Attached, Prima Donna, Sarah Fridrich, Sweet Soubrette, Suzie Brown, and Victoria Vox

Festival Venues: Shenanigans, Extreme Pizza, Film Brothers Co-Op, Zaikka Indian Grill, the Kitchen, Babe Styling Studios, LOMA Coffee

When: Thursday, July 18th, 2013 — 5:00pm-9:30pm

Where: The Shops at 2nd and LOMA, 125-239 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801

Other Details: Free Admission – All Ages – 21+ with ID to drink

Limited booth space is available for artists, vendors and local charities. Interested parties can contact 2nd & Loma Community Communications for more information and to register. 655-0124 Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities please contact Gayle Dillman (Gable Music Ventures) 302-229-9575



About Gable Music Ventures

Gable Music Ventures is a Wilmington based event production and promotion business owned by Gayle Dillman and Jeremy Hebbel.  The company has created a monthly singer songwriter series held at World Café Live, The Ladybug Festival, and Wilmo Rock Circus.

About 2nd & LOMA

2nd & LOMA is well known as Wilmington’s preeminent mixed-use Historic Block (circa 1860), including shops, restaurants, and loft style apartments. This recently renovated development includes some of Wilmington’s most well regarded businesses, including Bloomsberry Flowers, 2 Fish Group, Extreme Pizza, LOMA Coffee and the new LOMA Lounge. It also includes 86 historic unique lofts that make up a hot, hip, lifestyle community, similar to great neighborhoods in renovated design districts found in New York, San Francisco and London.

About Downtown Visions

Downtown Visions is the non-profit charged with revitalization of Downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Its mission is to create, manage and promote a quality environment for people who live, work and visit Downtown Wilmington.




For media inquiries, please contact:

Gayle Dillman (Gable Music Ventures) 302-229-9575

Debbie Schwartz (Lofts & Shops at 2nd & LOMA) 302-655-0124

Will Minster (Downtown Visions) 302-425-5373

LOGO & ARTWORK REQUESTS: George Murphy (Planet Ten Multimedia)


Art Loop June 7th!

Come see the amazing work of Pho2studio!
“Pho2studio is an art group of Photographers and Artists formed by Ujwal Yelmareddy. The photographic work of Ujwal Yelmareddy portrays the recreation of beauty infused by the phenomenal creativity of Nature combined with intelligence of the human. Pho2Studio group is excited to display their work in the art loop.


Art Loop May 3rd

James Wyatt’s works of art are a visionary feast for the eyes and mind. His work uses color and textures to convey varied ideas and themes. The work is meant to make you think and feel something and the 3D effect is something that has to be seen in person to get a full appreciation for.

Art Loop Friday April 5th


Join us in the leasing from 5:00PM-8:00PM for Art Loop. See the exquisite work from Julie Dixon!

Julie Dixon is an exceptional photographer from Chester County, Pa.
She has her Bachelor of Arts degree, from the University of Delaware.
Her hand-painted photographs are nostalgic and playful; such as White Flash, an old gas pump which represents her work. Each one is an original, with paint applied directly to the photograph.

Art Loop Friday March 1st 5pm-8pm!

Come See The Beautiful Paintings By Nicole Royer Featured In The Leasing Office!

Nicole Royer is an Abstract Action Painter whose energetic forces color and movement will pull you in using layered textures on canvas. This new series of vibrant paintings on display at 2nd and LoMa will excite you. You can see more of Nicole’s work at: or





WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – November 5, 2012 – The Lofts & Shops at 2nd & LOMA has been selected as the 2012 Neighborhood of the Year as chosen by the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. The 5th annual CityLife Awards spotlights a distinguished group of unsung heroes who have helped to invigorate and contribute to the Wilmington community.

“This award is a culmination of over two years of hard work and collaboration,” explains Mike Schwartz, owner of 2nd & LOMA. “It’s proof that when the residents, businesses, and the City of Wilmington come together, great places to live, work, and play are possible. We are proud of our neighborhood here at 2nd & LOMA and we are honored to do business in the Lower Market (LOMA) Design District in downtown Wilmington.”

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at World Cafe Live at the Queen. In 2013, bronze stars honoring CityLife award winners will be placed into the sidewalk along Market Street, creating a CityLife Walk of Fame.

2nd & LOMA is Wilmington’s preeminent mixed-use Historic Block (circa 1860), including shops, restaurants, and loft style apartments, an entire city block, North Market to Shipley Streets from 2nd to 3rd. This recently renovated development includes some of Wilmington’s most well regarded businesses, as well as 86 historic unique lofts. These elements combined make up a vibrant lifestyle community, that have been compared to great neighborhoods in renovated design districts found in New York, San Francisco and London.

The block is home to some of the city’s most vibrant businesses, ranging from restaurants to design firms. In addition, 2nd & LOMA is a major supporter of arts and entertainment, actively participating in the monthly Wilmington Art Loop and regularly featuring live music at Extreme Pizza, Film Brothers Co-op, LOMA Coffee Zaikka Indian Grill and Bain’s Deli. The block is known for award winning businesses known for design such as Bloomsberry Florist, Butcher Shop Rehab (hip funky furniture) and Film Brothers. This past year, 2nd & LOMA partnered with Gable Music Ventures and Downtown Visions to present the first annual Ladybug Music Festival, featuring 20 of the finest female musicians from the region at five venues on the block. The free festival drew over 500 people on a summer weeknight and had a strong impact on the participating businesses.


Memorial Day Traditions


Memorial Day started as a time to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. In 1868, the first ”national” observance was held at Arlington Cemetery. After speeches from the VIPS of the day, something beautiful happened. Orphans from the soldier’s and sailor’s orphan home walked among the graves, laying flowers and saying prayers for the fallen of the “North & South.” The sight of these children, not fighting over whose father was responsible for the other’s death (That old North vs South argument) brought those in attendance just a little closer. (The thought of this epic moment in history brings chills to this humble blogger.)

Something to keep in mind, this event is not the first event that remembered the fallen heroes of our great nation. I am merely stating this is one of the first major events. Local events had happened across the country in previous years to 1868, often being called Decoration Day, for the call to clean up and decorate the graves of fallen heroes.

Not until after World War 1 did this day of remembrance encompass all of the fallen soldiers of this great nation.

In 1966 the US officially declared Waterloo, NY’s as the ”birthplace” of Memorial Day, citing their 1866 ceremony. However, I will state again, local events were happening all over the country after the Civil War. In 1971 the US declared Memorial Day a national holiday and moved to the last Monday in May.

Today, American Flags are still placed in Arlington to “decorate” the graves of fallen heroes. This tradition has been adopted by Veteran’s and local cemeteries all over the country. The fields of flags waving in the wind is quite a sight to see.

So Readers, as we grill our burgers and hot dogs, and enjoy our cold beverages of choice, let us remember the real reason for this holiday. Let us remember the fallen heroes of this great nation!