Back in April I reviewed the inspirational documentary Girls Rock!, which chronicled the weeklong travails of teen musicians learning to come together in hastily assembled bands and perform one song at the camp's end. The great news that came out of it was the local news that there would be an Atlanta chapter of Girls Rock!, which begins its five-day camp for girls ages 10-18 next week on Monday, July 14, at Eyedrum.
Atlanta has a pretty impressive punk-rock heritage that was nurtured in the Little Five Points scene of the 1980s and beyond, so it will be interesting to see what happens when children of parent punk-rockers (should they attend) come together over the next week and show their stuff on Saturday, July 19.
Local founder and director Stacey Singer should know; the former bassist for My Siamese Self and publicist for Indigo Girl Amy Ray's Daemon Records, Singer volunteered at Girls Rock! camps in Portland, Ore., and Murfreesboro, Tenn. She also wrote her master's thesis on the subject. Youd be surprised what girls can accomplish with a little encouragement. When you show them that they can, they believe it and go for it, Singer said in a press release. Its an amazing experience to see little girls on stage playing instruments as big as they are. And they dont suck. Adult musicians could learn a thing or two from girls rock camp campers."
Girls' Rock Camp (ATL) hopes to build on next week's finale, having applied for nonprofit status with future programs in development, including Ladies' Rock weekend workshops and after-school rehearsal spaces and band mentoring.
(Photo by Nicole Weingart)