city scene l BY ANITA NEAL HARRISON
Rock On Can-do camp empowers girls to conquer their music dreams.
irls with microphones. Girls with guitars. Girls on stage, girls in the spotlight, performing with power. This is CoMo Girls Rock!, an organization that puts on a weeklong rock camp each summer for girls between the ages of 12 and 18. “We work to empower girls through music education,” says Amanda Rainey, co-director of the camp. “We emphasize positivity and teamwork, which teenage girls need so much.” The Girls Rock Camp includes instrument lessons in the mornings and band practice in the afternoons. Each day also brings workshops on such topics as feminism and body image and art and DIY workshops, such as ’zine making and Tshirt design. There is a lunchtime concert each day and fun closing activities, from karaoke to dance parties. All week long, the girls study, write and practice, knowing that come Saturday night, they will take part in a showcase featuring each camper band performing a song its members wrote. “This year, we had the showcase at The Blue Note, and it was packed, and the girls were amazing!” Rainey says. “It is really triumphant to watch them get on stage and perform a song they wrote together on instruments they just picked up five days before. We hope it’s an empowering experience for the whole audience!”
Ladies Rock Camp
Watching the girls perform has inspired adult women to imagine themselves on stage. Last January, CoMo Girls Rock! held its first Ladies Rock Camp for women who want to learn an instrument and start a band. After three days of practice, the women took the stage at a packed Mojo’s and performed their own original songs as five new bands.
INSIDE COLUMBIA NOVEMBER 2014