On Saturday September 12th, Willie Mae volunteers and campers took over Frames, a very posh bowling alley inside Port Authority. Though there was much team spirit, we’re still a little short of our goal. If you’re feeling giving, there is still time to donate.
Balls and Chains
I Can’t Even Bowl Straight
Bowling Into Yr DMS
Rolling Pins Redux
Balls of Fury
Hand-rolled Artisanal Balls of Fort Greene
The Riotous Guttersnipes
here’s my tiny contribution to the three sessions of Willie Mae’s Rock Camp for Girls this summer.
Jumpstart Showcase (ages 4 -7)
Girls Rock! – Session 1 (ages 8 – 18)
Mariachi Flor de Toloache played Session 2 of Girls Rock!
Band Art: a workshop where campers can make their own logo, merch and learn the silk-screening process
Lunchtime performance by Jennah Bell
Skits: instead of constantly disciplining campers, volunteers put on mini-shows that teach campers lessons about sharing space and working together
POC Zine Workshop: campers made their own mini zines. Some were about fashion, some were comic concepts but they were all amazing little pieces of smart art.
Saturday at Roulette
Let me just say: what I saw on Saturday is exactly what I wish I could see on every stage. It was a showcase of passionate musicians wearing their insides on the outside (you know, hearts on the sleeve, guts leaking on the stage). For instance, Willow of the band Harsh Crowd (which how ultra-punk is that name) brought some true Tina Turner REALNESS! If she was wearing a wig it would have went flying. She commanded the crowd like the pro she is. I wasn’t watching kids playing music on stage, I was watching people making badass music!
When I say all these people rocked hard and wrote really amazing songs that I want to hear again and again, I REALLY REALLY mean it. Seriously, there were at least three songs that were radio ready.
Some of my favorite musicians often talk about when they started making music (usually what parents would consider a very young age). I don’t take that lightly. You shouldn’t either. These people are making revolutionary music. They are soaking in the world around them and making what my dad has aptly titled “Real Rock n Roll”. They are our future and I’m really excited to be a part of it.
The Unknown Name
The Antisocial Watermelons
Rock Camp’s final cheer for the summer
18 Bands. 18 Songs. Girls from the ages 8-18 wrote all original songs in less than a week’s time.
Lunchtime performance by The White Noise Supremacists
The Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Volunteer Band covered “I Don’t Care” by Icona Pop
Sassy Candy Girls
Seductive Reasoning (the intern band!)