Attention Lady Rockers, artists, zine-sters, and all around awesome-makers. Ladyfest 2011 Bellingham, Washington wants you!
Are you a Band? Educator? Workshop leader? Visual Artist? Filmmaker? Spoken Word Artist? Writer? Ziner? Riot Grrrl? How about supporter of women/womin/womyn? Then I encourage you to submit your work to be featured during the festival June 15-19.,2011 in Bellingham, WA. Dealdine is May 15th!
“Ladyfest is a music/arts/ideas festival celebrating the creativity of women/womyn/wombin, transfolks, queers, grandmas, gender nonconformists and allies. The first Ladyfest was held in Olympia, WA in 2000, and since then, women have organized their own festivals in cities across the globe. Expect to see concerts, art shows, skill shares, film showings, and games happening all over town.”
Check LadyfestBham for more information and to submit your application!
Photo via ladyfestbham facebook.
Seattle funk-punk rockers, NighTraiN want to lay some tracks up and down the West Coast. Fueled with “Locomotive” style tunes, these ladies turn it up with distortion, smooth grit, and attitude. You can help fund their first tour at their kick-starter page. You know you want to. Let’s face it, touring is not cheap, and at times, bands are lucky to break even. But you can help increase musical awesomeness awareness! Give your pledge of support before May 18 so NighTraiN can reach $2,500!
These grrrls, oh, after my own rocker heart! Seriously, if you need an opening act, I’d love the spot! Wow, the similarities are amazing, we even describe our music in “lovechild” terms. Mine…Cyndi Lauper + Joan Jett.
Photo via NighTraiN.
Want to make a difference for young girls? Want to rock out, inspire, improve self-esteem, and have the best week of your life? Then I recommend volunteering for Girls Rock Camps this summer, preferably at your local branch if possible! Mine is Seattle, Rain City Rock Camp…so what is Rock Camp all about?
Basically it is a camp for girls ages 8-16 with the main goal of improving girls’ self-esteem, leadership skills, building community, and inspiring them through the power of rock and roll. It’s not a camp to cover songs, or learn the “right” way to play (the right way is YOUR way) but helps girls to find confidence through music, give them a voice, both literally and figuratively. How many of us would have the inner courage to step up to the mic and speak your mind?
Rock camp aids in this by exposing these girls to strong female role-models, and giving them a chance to participate with their peers in an activity that traditionally doesn’t place women as the music makers. The camp lasts one week, with girls forming bands, learning instruments, and writing songs, which they perform at the end of week, live on stage. It is an amazing moment, I cry every time! This is what rock is about!
So, what can YOU do? They need interns, counselors, instrument teachers, roadies, band coaches, workshop leaders, general camp support, and some floaters to do a little bit of everything. No musical experience required for some of these jobs, just a positive attitude to turn it up! For more information, check out the link below.
Want to be in a camp like this but you’re over 16? Rock camp interns are usually 17 and 18, and Ladies Rock Camp is for those over 18. Same idea, it’s just a week of camp powered into a weekend.
If you can spare a few hours July 24-31, please help out! If not, you can always donate gear, money, help promote the camp, and attend the showcase and cheer on the bands. There are so many ways to help out, and every little bit helps!
Loud! Proud! Rock campers rule the crowd!
Latitude x Longitude (LxL)
Seattle indies who blend contrasting elements into slick songwriting. It’s like baroque for Gen Y. If you don’t know what that means, you aren’t in the “know.”
Seattle Pop-Rock Siren of redemption and vindication. It’s not Emo…. it’s Awesome. Featured on NPR on in ROCKRGRL.
Canadian Electro artist with roots in riot grrrl & dance, Madonna-style. Stick it to the man, and then par-tay! Seriously, it’s like we’re two grrrls cut from the same cloth.