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Bethlehem and Sad Patrick at the Ladybug Festival IN Wilmington

Bethlehem and Sad Patrick met at one of the latter’s Germantown cafe open mic events. As the legend goes, a one-time performance for her family and friends became regular weekly visits and an INspiration for Sad Patrick’s melancholy music. What began as a chance night out, eventually grew as his instant admiration for her unique delivery—a blend of blues, jazz and spoken word—led to regular collaborations and studio recordings...

Victoria Watts at Ladybug Festival IN Wilmington

Ask any musician and chances are they’ll tell you they are their harshest critic. For Philly-based independent singer/songwriter Victoria Watts, who doubles as a music journalist for a variety of publications and her own blog, that’s even more the case. But it’s precisely that dedication to studying the art and refining the process of making music that’s helped establish her pop-sensibilities and shape her sound—catchy, toe tapping, guitar-driven pop/rock with a touch of soul and a gypsy heart. 

Larkin Poe IN Wilmington Ladybug Festival

Jumping from a classic blues riff, hard and steady, the ladies of Larkin Poe will veer into gracefully melodic folksy harmonies, then swirl the whole thing in a psychedelic soup so hot it scalds your throat, drums pounding and topped with vocals raw enough to feel like they emanate from the very same afflicted windpipe. All the while they explore a depthness of musical ability that comes up from a well of talent, incorporating a multi-genre approach to provide a new twist on a usually traditional sound. Make no mistake they don’t shy away from the style that is at the heart of the roots rock twosome’s sound, and they’ve had pleasure of opening for (or backing up) a few of the biggest players in the game: Elvis Costello, Connor Oberst and most recently the smoking hot Gary Clark, Jr., to name a few. Larkin Poe will headline Thursday’s card at Ladybug, so don’t miss what’s sure to bring down the house and cap off a fantastic day of music with one blazing performance.

Soraia IN Wilmington at Ladybug Music Festival June 20th

Philly’s Soraia have been perfecting their blend of 60’s garage, 70’s glam, 80’s decadence, 90’s defiance and 00’s unbridled fun since 2005. The band has made a name for themselves recording constantly and touring incessantly. Their tight musicianship and deft handling of their style and influences has garnered the attention of numerous critics and publications, and the INtensity of their studio and live output has helped land them perennial play on Steven VanZandt’s Underground Garage show on Sirus/XM, logging “Coolest Song” respect from Little Stevie himself year after year... 

Bobtown IN Wilmington at the Ladybug Music Festival

With so many INcredbile acts at Ladybug this year we know it's going to be hard to choose, so we're going to be featuring a new artist each day to help you get to know the lineup a bit better and plan out that schedule... Bobtown is a five piece New York City-based Americana act named for a particular blue-collar Iowa region. Bobtown's folksy harmonies and lush arrangements harken to an ethereal, gospel-laden history of the country’s heartland, birthed in de facto leader Etzel’s admiration of Alan Lomax archival recordings and traditional field hollers of her cornhusker home... 

Ladybug Music Festival IN Wilmington

Many cosmic scientists believe that the universe is expanding outward, a generic property of our infinite home for well over 5 billion years. Well, that’s a good thing for the organizers of this year’s Ladybug Music Festival who are also experiencing rapid growth on no less grand a scale...

Symphonies by Haydn and Schubert got a well-deserved reception at the penultimate concert of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s chamber series at the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom on Tuesday. March 21, 2017. It was a trombone concertino by Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson, though, that piqued the interest of concertgoers. Little surprise there. Compositions featuring solo trombone are rarities on classical music programs. But the trombone has come a long way. No longer does it have to remain content to sit at the back of the orchestra idly counting rests. The repertoire for it has grown—albeit slowly...

Mélomanie, the critically acclaimed ensemble known for its provocative pairings of early and contemporary works, capped off its 2016-17 season with a program tilted a bit more toward the contemporary than usual...

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