The Gable Story

Gable Music Ventures formed in Wilmington, Delaware to create a platform for young people to perform original music. In late 2010, Gayle Dillman was a stay at home mom, going through some major life changes. Jeremy Hebbel was a Wilmington born musician and artist working at Accent Music. When Gayle had an issue with a guitar she purchased, Jeremy offered to lend her one of his guitars so Gayle's daughter could continue practicing. This gesture started a friendship that ultimately reignited Gayle’s passion for live music. Jeremy began working with Gayle’s daughter on some original songs she was writing, which eventually lead to a need for Erica to perform her original material. Having found a lot of difficulty finding an appropriate venue for her 15 year old daughter to perform her music, Gayle took it upon herself to rent the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn to put on a show with the help of Jeremy. The event, which was dubbed “First Annual Yorklyn Rock Showcase” sold over one hundred tickets.

Jeremy had made the decision shortly before the Yorklyn event to relocate to San Diego with Stephen Finn, his co-worker, friend at Accent Music, and bandmate in Petey Lownotes & The Truckstop Regulars. After Jeremy left, several people reached out to encourage Gayle Dillman to throw more all ages friendly shows, but she had already caught the bug with the Yorklyn event. Gayle called Jeremy and let him know of her plan to start a business to create opportunities for all ages original music in Wilmington, and asked if he would be interested in partnering. Jeremy, who had only just left for San Diego in January, asked if he could enjoy the warmth until March, happily accepted the opportunity.

The name "Gable" comes from the combination of Gayle and Hebbel. The well recognized Gable guitar logo was designed by Jeremy, who's background is in Illustration, while he was still in San Diego. The business was officially incorporated in February of 2011, and the first official Gable Music Ventures event was the Original Music Showcase on May 21, 2011 at the Siegel Jewish Community Center. The event featuring a great lineup including Baltimore's The Late Bloomer Band, The Hold Up, Rory Sullivan, and of course, Gayle’s daughter Erica performed.

Over the last nine years the business has become best known for their work creating the popular yearly summer event the Ladybug Music Festival which has grown to become the largest celebration of women in music in the Country. The event attracted approximately 12,000 attendees into downtown Wilmington in 2019. We work tirelessly to make Wilmington a destination for live entertainment, and to find performance opportunities for musicians in Delaware. As Gayle is so often heard saying, “there are over 5,000 seats for entertainment on Market Street alone between the Queen, the Playhouse, and the Grand”.

We have found a niche in our market as special event consultants, and entertainment service providers, frequently engaged to program live entertainment for a variety of local businesses and events. We have been recognized by the city of Wilmington with an official Mayoral proclamation declaring July 20, and 21,  2017 “Ladybug Days” in Wilmington. The Ladybug Festival won best special event in 2016 for Excellence in Revitalization by Downtown Delaware. And has since expanded down state into Milford where it won Best New Event by Southern Delaware Tourism in 2018.  93.7fm WSTW has awarded The Ladybug Festival as the best original music concert or event four times through the Hometown Heroes local music show. 

We are proud that despite adapting quite a bit since forming the business, we have stayed true to our mission and vision of creating platforms and opportunities for original music to be performed by artists of all ages. We feel that the most important work we are doing is identifying the next generation of local musicians and employing them to perform.

The Team

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Gayle Dillman

Co-Owner, Chief Executive Officer 

gayle@gablemusicventures.com

Gayle Dillman brings a diverse and superior set of skills to the original music scene in Delaware. Her background in banking, business strategy and advocacy is perfectly suited to organizing chaos for Gable Music Ventures and their clients. Gayle has worked with large and small organizations – from Citicorp in New York to Children and Families First here in Delaware – customizing her approach and service for each. She is committed to bringing clients’ ideas to life. Gayle specializes in reinvention, and treats you like family.

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Jeremy Hebbel

Co-Owner, Chief Operating Officer

jeremy@gablemusicventures.com

Jeremy Hebbel was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and has a vision for the city’s revitalization through music, events and entertainment. An artist and musician, with a degree in Fine Arts from Delaware College of Art and Design, Jeremy loves nothing more than providing opportunities for emerging artists. He is the conduit between Wilmington’s original music scene and the businesses and tourism that it elevates. In 2017, Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 recognized Jeremy for his ‘dedication to the city and the revitalization of the downtown area through music’.

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          Nathalie Antonov             

Special Events Team Member

nathalie@gablemusicventures.com

Nathalie Antonov has been with Gable Music Ventures as a Client Relationship Manager since April of 2018. With her experience as Promotions Director for local music station 93.7 WSTW, where she hand selected local and regional musicians to fill the lineup for the Wilmington Flower Market, she moved over into a booking role, and is currently assisting with special events, marketing. Nathalie wears many hats at Gable Music Ventures. 


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Angela K. Wagner

Special Events Team Member

angela@gablemusicventures.com

Angela is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, combining the worlds of entertainment, hospitality, and creative business development into a passion-driven career. She attended law school in Charlotte, North Carolina where she gained invaluable knowledge in the legal representation of professional sports and entertainment clients. In addition to her legal career, Angela and her fellow co-owners most recently launched launched Green Box Kitchen, a vegan fast-casual restaurant on Market Street in downtown Wilmington. Angela’s inner-artist and logical sides blend together seamlessly, in turn creating special interests in entertainment law, concept creative development within the hospitality industry, and business formation consulting


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Erika Lawrence

Special Events Team Member

erika@gablemusicventures.com

Erika is currently a senior at the University of Delaware studying Marketing, Advertising, and Music Management graduating this spring. She joined Gable in November 2019 and is a member of the special events team where she helps with social media marketing, event logistics, sponsorships, and more. Erika has a passion for music and helping the surrounding areas get incredible music for their events 


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Lauren Shughart

Special Events Team Member

lauren@gablemusicventures.com

Lauren has been assisting Gable on the special events side of the business since 2017. Her primary responsibility is in vendor management for all of the events. 


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Bryce Fender

Mister Awesome

bryce@gablemusicventures.com

Bryce Fender's story goes back to the time he assisted Gable Music Ventures organize a talent show for the Red Clay School District. Bryce was the student liaison for Gable and went above and beyond what was needed to help make the event possible.  In addition to wearing many hats at Gable Music and helping out where needed, Bryce is the President & Co-Founder of Wilminvest.