As of January 1, 2016, Gapers Block has ceased publication. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions over the past 12-plus years. 

TODAY

Monday, November 18

Gapers Block
Search

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


Transmission
« Unofficial Start of Summer: Ellen Allien and DFA @ Smartbar Fred Anderson - Wake Information »

Event Mon Jun 28 2010

Girls Rock! Chicago End-Of-June Camp Extravaganza @ Metro

metro.JPG

campers take the stage at the Girls Rock! Chicago end of June camp extravaganza on Saturday, photo by J.H. Palmer

The Metro was a hive of activity on Saturday afternoon as Girls Rock! Chicago presented their end of session extravaganza. Due to increased demand, there will be two camp sessions this year: one that ended last week, and a second session that will take place in August. In all, 17 bands performed on Saturday afternoon to an audience of parents, grandparents, and siblings who mingled with GR!C counselors and Metro staff.

Downstairs in the green room, campers and counselors prepared for the show. I caught up with the members of Bling, comprised of: guitarist Ciara Butler, age 13; drummer MacKenna Butler, age 11; guitarist Jesse Osborne, age 13; and bassist Tafari (Taffy) Rhodes, age 11. This is the second year that Ciara and MacKenna have attended the music camp, the first for Jesse, and the fourth for Taffy.

"Girls Rock proves that just because we are girls doesn't mean we can't rock out," Taffy said when I asked what the camp meant to her, "it teaches us that just because we're girls doesn't mean we can't do things." She furthered her point by invoking the story of Amelia Earhart, "which proves a girl can do anything." "When it's all girls you can express yourself fully," Ciara added.

bling.JPG

members of the Girls Rock! Chicago inspired group Bling prepare for their set, photo by J.H. Palmer

"I can't stop talking about it," said Cassandra O'Keefe, the mother of two campers, Shélan and Xenia. "I just went across the street to Starbucks, got in a conversation about what we were doing here, and ended up giving away tickets for the show to the baristas." Shélan has been a camper at GR!C for four summers, played guitar for the first three, and this summer learned to play the drums. Cassandra says that the experience has broadened her daughter's musical horizons, sense of empowerment, and self-esteem.

Self-esteem ruled the day as 17 bands took the stage, one right after another. The Ladies of Horror came onstage made up to look like they had black eyes, and performed the eerily haunting, catchy tune I'm the ghost with the one black eye; The XX Eyes started with an energetic "count us off Tara," directed at the young camper sitting behind a drum kit, who obliged with a hearty "five, six, seven, eight;" and the Shadow Wolfs were all about stage moves, the bassist flopping onto the stage and pushing herself backwards with her feet, all the while playing an instrument that was about the same size as she was.

No kittens or rainbows were invoked in the band names, these campers are serious about rocking out. In order of stage appearance, Saturday's lineup included: The Evil Minions; Bling; The Gall; Skeleton Key; Malevolent Misses; Ladies of Horror; Un Sub; Wave Scream; Secrets of Discipline; The X'd Out Zebras; Angels Blown to Pieces; The XX Eyes; Turquoise Tigers; Shadow Wolfs; Raising Robots; Flo; and Oceans of Air.

It warmed my heart to see such young girls take charge and rock out on stage, made me wish there was a camp like that for me -- and then quickly realized that there is one. Ladies Rock, run by GR!C is a weekend long camp for women that acts as a fundraiser for the girls' camp -- tuition from Ladies Rock goes directly to Girls Rock. It takes place every year over Memorial Day weekend, and ends with a show at Schubas. The girls' camp, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, won't turn anyone away due to lack of funds. Tuition is charged on a sliding scale.

Drummer.jpg

Mackenna Butler, age 11, learned to play drums at Girls Rock! Chicago, photo by J.H. Palmer

When the last band had finished their set, the board chair for GR!C, Kate Walsh, came onstage to thank the audience for their support. "It's about feeling good about yourself and going out into the world to do great things," she said of the camp. GR!C has been around since 2005, and I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more from them. Keep an eye out for their August end of session extravaganza. For more information call 773-289-2670 or visit Girls Rock! Chicago.

 
GB store
GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

Read this feature »

Blogroll

  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
BackStage
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
ChicagoMusic.org
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
CHIRP
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
Daytrotter
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Do312
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
Gridface
The Hood Internet
Innerview
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pitchfork
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Songs:Illinois
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock

  Venues:

Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
B.L.U.E.S
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Constellation
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
FitzGerald's
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Martyrs'
Mayne Stage
Metro
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Rosa's
Schubas
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Smartbar
Subterranean
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Township
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Atavistic
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Hozac
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

GB store

Events

Featured Series














 

Transmission on Flickr

Join the Transmission Flickr Pool.


About Transmission

Transmission is the music section of Gapers Block. It aims to highlight Chicago music in its many varied forms, as well as cover touring acts performing in the city. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Sarah Brooks, sarah@gapersblock.com
Transmission staff inbox: transmission@gapersblock.com

Archives

 

Transmission Flickr Pool
 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15