The exclusively female-fronted music festival, has seen its downtown Wilmington summertime crowds grow by more than double year after year. Now the festival will be partnering with The Grand Opera House for a second night of shows.

Starting in 2012 with 300 music fans the Ladybug grew to 7,000 attendees last summer. Now for the first time, the event will be held across two days, closing portions of North Market Street on July 20 and 21.

More than 60 acts — will be on display downtown and Friday’s expansion will include more than just live music. It will also incorporate dance troupes and art. Live on-site painting sessions will be held for festivalgoers – and some of their work will end up hanging on walls during the city’s monthly art loop.

“It’s a prime opportunity for the city to reinvent itself through entertainment, music, art and dining destinations,” says Gayle Dillman, co-founder of Gable Music Ventures, the Wilmington-based concert production and event planning company, which will once again put on the sixth annual festival.

Gayle Dillman, co-founder of Gable Music Ventures.

Jeremy Hebbel, who founded Gable with Dillman in 2011, adds that this year’s Ladybug expansion might just be the first step: “Eventually, we’d like this to be a city-wide event spanning four days, Thursday through Sunday.”

As part of its partnership with Ladybug, The Grand is currently in the process of attempting to book a high-profile national female act to perform at the 1,200-person concert venue on that Friday night.

Read the full article at DelawareOnline.com

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