Ladybug Music Festival Spotlight:  Nitro Nitra

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Nitro Nitra will perform for the first time in Milford at the Ladybug Festival on September 30 (Photo by Michelle Kott)

The Ladybug Festival will return to Milford on Saturday, September 30, the largest concert in the country featuring a 100 percent female-fronted lineup. The festival, which began as a downtown block party, has grown to become one of the most popular events in southern Delaware. The festival is brought to Milford by Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) in partnership with Gable Music Ventures. This year’s headliner, Nitro Nitra, will play on the Main Stage at 8 PM.

“I’ve been singing all of my life,” Nitra, lead singer of the band, said. “It’s always been my first love and my number one ignite of passion within me.”

Nitra leads a band she says is filled with “heavy hitters,” including Scott Brady, lead guitarist, Jimmy Church, rhythm guitar, Dan Martino, bass and Corey Gilmer, drums. The band began with Church and Nitra doing duet acoustic songs before evolving into the “rock band of my dreams,” Nitra said. Nitra explained that the best part about every performance is the performance itself.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to forget who you are, leave the mind, be in the now and just allow all that love and passion that lives within you set itself free on stage,” Nitra said.

Originally from the east side of Wilmington, Delaware, Nitra attended the Charter School of Wilmington. She moved to different states for a while before returning to Wilmington in 2018. The biggest challenge she faces is finding ways to promote herself as an independent artist.

“Finding ways to fund the project is a challenge,” Nitra said. “So, you just have to be grateful for what you have, embrace the challenges and just keep moving upwards.”

Nitra stated that they have worked with Gable Music Ventures in the past on different gigs around Delaware.

“So, we were aware of the amazing events that they put together for the music community,” Nitra said. “When we heard of the Ladybug Music Festival, we sent in our submission and were selected for the Wilmington event. After an electrifying performance, we were asked to headline for Milford as well. We were so honored to have this opportunity. We give everything we have on that stage every time we perform, so to have this opportunity is an incredible return on what we invest.”

This will be the first time Nitro Nitra has performed at the Milford festival and Nitra stated she is excited to explore the town. The Ladybug Music Festival on September 30 will be from 4 to 9 PM with seven stages throughout town. In addition to the Main Stage, there will be a stage located outside of My Sister’s Fault, on North Walnut Street, in the side yard of Gallery 37, the La Hacienda patio as well as bands located in the Library Amphitheatre. An indoor stage will be located at the Music School of Delaware. The lineup for the festival can be found at the Ladybug Music Festival website.

A raindate for the festival has been set for October 1.

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