WMRC 3rd Annual Rock N Bowl-a-thon

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.

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

Balls and Chains
Balls and Chains

I Can’t Even Bowl Straight
I Can't Even Bowl Straight

Bowling Into Yr DMS
Bowling into Yr DMS

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

Rolling Pins Redux
Rolling Pins Redux

Rolling Pins Redux

Balls of Fury
Balls of Fury

Hand-rolled Artisanal Balls of Fort Greene
Hand-Rolled Artisanal Balls of Fort Greene

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

Palomitas
Palomitas

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

The Riotous Guttersnipes
The Riotous Guttersnipes

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

WMRC 2015 Bowlathon

Girls Rock! 2015

This summer I shot 3 sessions of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve done: shoot up to 17 bands in less than 3 hours. I did that three different times and delivered photos within 24 hours. Damn right I patted myself on the back. I learned so much from these bands. Like, I walked into Psychotics’ band practice and there were lyrics written on a chalkboard for a song about cat callers. My heart BROKE! And then there were bands like Sparkle Scam and Pink Lemonades, who took glitter and funny faces very seriously. And KSO who exclaimed “We are afropunk!”

Want to contribute to Willie Mae? Sponsor a bowling team.

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
Firecrackers
Firecrackers
Hashtag Swag
Hashtag Swag
Burnd Harts
Burnd Harts
Break Through
Break Through
Star Walk
Star Walk
Bright Idea
Bright Idea
Little Miss Roadkill
Little Miss Roadkill
Swamp God
Swamp God
The Glockenspiel
The Glockenspiel
Pumped Up Kids
Pumped Up Kids
Blue Mavi
Blue Mavi
Psychotics
Psychotics
Hashtag Flawless
Hashtag Flawless
Cosmos
Cosmos
What the Heck
What the Heck
Canceled
Canceled
Sparkle Scam
Sparkle Scam
What If
What If
Anti-Gravity
Anti-Gravity
Pink Lemonades
Pink Lemonades
Starwolves
Starwolves
Electric Rock
Electric Rock
Something New
Something New
No Name Needed
No Name Needed
KSO
KSO
Revel
Revel
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
Venacava
Venacava
The Great Rockin Girls
The Great Rockin Girls
The Rockin Rainbows
The Rockin Rainbows
Dark Magic!!
Dark Magic!!

Jumpstart

Jumpstart

Dark Magic!!
Dark Magic!!
The Rockin Rainbows
The Rockin Rainbows
The Rockin Diamonds
The Rockin Diamonds
The Great Rockin Girls
The Great Rockin Girls
The Rockstars
The Rockstars
Rainboom Rockstars
Rainboom Rockstars
Rainboom Rockstars
Rainboom Rockstars
Rockin Butterflys
Rockin Butterflys

Girls Rock! Session 2 of 2013

Tuesday: Band Art

Band Art: a workshop where campers can make their own logo, merch and learn the silk-screening process
Tuesday: Band Art

Lunchtime performance by Jennah Bell
Tuesday Lunchtime Performance: Jennah Bell

Tuesday Lunchtime Performance: Jennah Bell

Tuesday Lunchtime Performance: Jennah Bell

Skits: instead of constantly disciplining campers, volunteers put on mini-shows that teach campers lessons about sharing space and working together
Tuesday: Lunchtime

Tuesday: Lunchtime

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.
Tuesday: POC Zine Workshop

Tuesday: POC Zine Workshop

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.

WMRC 2 Showcase

Neon Mustachezzz
Neon Mustachezzz

Neon Mustachezzz

Neon Mustachezzz

La Luna
La Luna

5 Starz
5 Starz

5 Starz

The Unknown Name
The Unknown

Wrong Channel
Wrong Channel

Wrong Channel

The Antisocial Watermelons
The Antisocial Watermelons

Negative Energy
Negative Energy

Negative Energy

WMRC 2 Showcase

Space
Space

Space

Space

Harsh Crowd
Harsh Crowd

Harsh Crowd

Harsh Crowd

Harsh Crowd

Stacey
Stacey

Rock Camp’s final cheer for the summer
WMRC 2 Showcase

Girls Rock! Session 1 of 2013

18 Bands. 18 Songs. Girls from the ages 8-18 wrote all original songs in less than a week’s time.

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

Lunchtime performance by The White Noise Supremacists

The White Noise Supremacists

The White Noise Supremacists

The White Noise Supremacists

The White Noise Supremacists

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

The Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

WMRC 1

The Volunteer Band covered “I Don’t Care” by Icona Pop
Volunteer Band

WMRC 1 Showcase

WMRC 1 Showcase

WMRC 1 Showcase

WMRC 1 Showcase

Charms

Charms

WMRC 1 Showcase

The Sound
The Sound

Sassy Candy Girls
Sassy Candy Girls

Sassy Candy Girls

Pow!

Pow!

Pure Trisympice
Pure Trisympice

Pure Trisympice

The Insomniacs
The Insomniacs

The Shadows
The Shadows

Seductive Reasoning (the intern band!)
Seductive Reasoning

Seductive Reasoning

Seductive Reasoning

WMRC 1 Showcase

WMRC 1 Showcase

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