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


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

Mick Barr in Marfa

There are a lot of photos in this post that can describe my visit to Marfa, but this is one of my favorite moments. Ballroom Marfa flew Mick out to play the opening of ‘Autobody’. There were a lot of back and forth emails. There was planning of flights and hotel rooms. There were press releases and posters. But on Friday 9/30/11, all the things that go into preparing an art opening and music performance were outshined by the most strategic and intense game of tag played by the youth of Marfa. Man, that game was intense. So intense that the kids had no idea there was a dude incessantly playing metallic solos for 30 minutes. Towards the end of Mick’s set, one of the girls found a spider. So there was a lot of running back and forth while holding a spider in two cups. This picture really sums up the weekend.

Thursday September Twenty-Ninth, Two Thousand Eleven

Friday September Thirtieth, Two Thousand Eleven

A long day that started with a drive to see clouds, cows and cactic and that ended with a drive to see stars and Marfa lights (no luck). In between: The Chinati Foundation, Ballroom Marfa, Foundation Pizza, Mick played, Taco party by Food Shark, Mariachi Las Altenas played (10-piece all-female band from San Antonio, TX).

Saturday October First, Two Thousand Eleven

Rented bikes. Hung out with a stray dog and some wild turkeys. Rode to a ranch. Walked around ranch and enjoyed being surrounded by space, cacti and wildflowers. Hopped in Thunderbird pool. Yikes! Way too cold. Biked to Foundation Pizza (super yummy, probably most enjoyed meal in Marfa … we like pizza). We rode some more. Marfa has some good ideas for living. Robots and airstreams in front yards. And almost everyone drives a pick up truck.