Willie Mae Music Lab’s Spring Festival

My fantasy of a 24/7 rock camp has not come true yet. BUT, we are getting closer every year. NYC’s Willie Mae’s Rock Camp for Girls started an after-school program last fall. On April 27th the campers performed a sort of recital with covers of Rihanna, the O’Jays and original songs written by a band formed during the after-school program called Drive. Here are some pictures.

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

WMRC Spring Festival Recital

Ladies Rock Camp 2.0

Ladies Rock Camp

Ladies Rock Camp is a weekend music workshop for people ages 19 and up. And this is how it works. Whether you’ve been playing music your whole life or have never touched a guitar, you will join a band, write a song and play a show. All of this happens in less than 72 hours. It’s so BAD ASS!

Ladies Rock Camp 2.0 is a slightly different take on the workshop because there was actually a pre-requisite. You had to have some music experience or have attended a previous Ladies Rock Camp session. Which allowed for some really interesting additions! There were new classes. Instrument instructors had more time and really pushed themselves and the campers to the next level. In the end, we all got to hear some new great songs.

Petal War and Tamar-kali played really riveting sets. Caryn (Mortals) taught a room of people how to book a show. She shared some advice on how to avoid being in a bummer show situation. Emma Alabaster did an improv class that I missed but had an affect on how campers listened to each other. Melanie McLean shot this really cool mini doc and edited it in time for the showcase.

Day 1

Ladies Rock Camp Day 1

Ladies Rock Camp Day 1

Petal War

Petal War

Petal War

Petal War

Petal War

Petal War

Day 2

Tamar-kali

Tamar-kali at Ladies Rock Camp

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Ladies Rock Camp Day 2

Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Ladies Rock Camp Day 3

Rock Camp for Girls // Session 2, 2012

It’s a beautiful breezy Saturday afternoon in August. Yet, I’m finding myself in a dark club getting assaulted by candy. Seriously. There is candy flying from all directions and every person in the audience is diving for a swedish fish or a lifesaver gummy. This sea of humans consists of people of all ages and backgrounds. They are here to watch one of the best concerts in the world.

We don’t know any of the 17 bands’ songs and we will probably never see these same bands play again. It only took the band members a week to write their songs but they will stay with us for much longer.

This is Rock Camp. Specifically, Willie Mae’s Rock Camp for Girls based in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In a week, girls ages 8-18 make friends, learn to play an instrument, write a song, design merch and then end the week with rocking out on the big stage.

There are rock camps dedicated to girls and women of all ages all over the world. From Sweden to Omaha girls are making their rock n roll dreams come true. These pictures are just a small glimpse into the world of rock camp.

History of Women Who Rock – a workshop that covers American women in modern music

Sound Makin’ and Rule Breakin’ – an improv workshop

lunchtime

self-defense class

gltrpnch (queer-posi pop punk band made up of rock camp volunteers) played lunchtime. they played a blink 182 cover that made everyone shake their booties.

women in music panel

snacktime danceparty

The Power of Community – a workshop on building & protecting community

The Suzan played lunchtime

The Showcase

Ladies Rock Camp 2012 // at Funkadelic Studios

Ladies Rock Camp is an entirely different beast from Willie Mae’s Rock Camp for Girls. For starters, Ladies Rock Campers only have one weekend (2 and a half days) to form a band, write a song, design a logo and make merch and then play a show. Seriously, they did this all in TWO AND A HALF DAYS!

Rock Camp is a very special place to be. One woman was inspired to join camp because her daughter was in the girls’ session. She said (and I’m super-paraphrasing here), “If my daughter can rock out, why can’t I?” Another woman came from Montreal. She is a classically trained vocalist and it’s been her life dream to be in a rock band. For her, this single weekend in Manhattan was a dream come true. My boyfriend overheard another woman at the showcase enthusiastically telling her friend, “If I could learn that much bass in just 3 days, can you imagine what I could learn in a month?!”

I hope you enjoy the pictures. Funkadelic Studios in midtown graciously made it possible for 51 women to form bands and make music in a professional setting and Kenny’s Castaway’s made it possible for them to show off their skills to all their friends and family.











Jane Lee Hooker

 

G Spot

 

Day 3

 

Venus Fly and The Trapper Keeper

 

Spynsters

 

J-Phoenix

 

Showcase at Kenny’s Castaways …

 

Sticky Sweet

 

The Womanatees

 

Blue Sirens

 

Hell’s Kittens

 

The Yoko Room

 

I <3 Squares


 

Blue Sirens

 

Emmet + Karla

 

The Womanatees

 

J-Phoenix

 

G Spot



 

Hell’s Kittens




 

The Yoko Room

 

Sticky Sweet

I <3 Squares





 

Venus Fly and The Trapper Keeper



Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls: Session One 2012

Rock Camp, Rock Camp, Rock Camp … I wish every day was Rock Camp. For a week I watched girls bond and create music. There were workshops on band art, improv and community. Every day at lunchtime there was a really rad performance (including: Jean Grae, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Lozen, These Days and Trophy Wife). I had the time of my life and all I did was take pictures. If this is the first time you are hearing about this special program for girls (and now ladies) please check out Willie Mae Rock Camp.









The showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg