2017 MAKES A MARK ON MARKET
This quiet week on Market gives us a chance to update a few of our favorite stories of 2017, with news that broke after our stories came out. Happy holidays, everyone!
Some news from Market’s ever-growing summer music festival: After attracting 10,000 people for two nights of music in 2017, organizers at Gable Music Ventures plan to switch from a Thursday-Friday schedule to Friday-Saturday in 2018. Mark your calendars for July 20-21. And the even bigger news? Well, Jeremy and Gayle have been teasing something and … they won’t tell us. Teases. But watch for more announcements in late January.
We’ve been to many shows at The Grand, but we’ve rarely been more impressed by its acoustics than in the whisper-quiet moment soprano Lindsay Ohse descibed when we spoke with her. OperaToday agreed, in a review that followed the festival: “They are doing things right in Wilmington. … I can think of no place in America I would rather hear this type of opera than Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. Like its counterparts in Philadelphia and München, this is an ornate 19 th century auditorium—but half the size and constructed of lovely painted wood. … All of this gives the Grand uniquely intimate acoustics. From the first orchestral downbeat, astonishingly warm and vivid sound envelopes the listener. A deep and relatively small orchestral pit with an overhang favors the voices, which seem far more immediate and resonant than in almost any other house. Italian diction and subtle textual emphases are so clear that even those reliant on the supertitles can easily catch the nuances.”
After we spoke, Darnell spent the rest of 2017 putting together the final touches on his first solo EP, “Jesus and Jameson.” He told Out & About’s Jim Miller: “If I said what it is by genre, I would say funk, rock, soul, gospel. But that’s too generic. I don’t know how to explain it, so I just call it Jesus & Jameson: a little bit of Heaven and a little bit of Earth.” You can find it on iTunes and Amazon. Give a listen here.
There was lots of cool stuff going on when we toured NextFab’s makerspace in Wilmington’s Creative District, but we didn’t see the coolest, clearest thing that’s come out of the space. Joe Myers invention of Ice.Be.Clear, the “fastest, easiest, most compact clear ice maker,” will soon be on the market, after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
We loved meeting Brandi "Sassy" Trader Joquin at her boutique right off market, and apparently, so did you. Our chat with her set the bar for NewMarketWilm virality, after being shared 530 times (and counting) on Facebook.
Thanks for the shares, thanks for the NewMarketWIlm love, and we’ll see you in 2018!