Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kids Wanna Rock (So Help Send Them to Rock Camp, OK?)

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Rowland in the Deep! (At SGRRC 2012)
One of the most thoroughly enjoyable rock shows I've ever been to was on the closing night of last year's Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp — and I'd just seen Wanda Jackson play a private show for the campers two days before. I wrote about SGRRC, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary, and I said something like:

One band at a time, they count off the beat. They strum, they throw glitter and balloons on the audience; they mess up. They laugh. They sing bravely and defiantly, and in breathtaking harmonies.

To close the night, the week and the decade, the volunteers all take up instruments, and the campers all join them in filling the entire stage — everyone playing and dancing together in a chaotic superband jam that builds to a dizzy crescendo of guitar solos and cymbal-smashes.

I mention this because the camp showcase is literally an amazing event that isn't quite like anything else in this world, and because YEAH — Youth Empowerment Through Arts and Humanities, the umbrella organization that puts on SGRRC every year, along with coed rock camps in Nashville, Murfreesboro and New York City — is raising money for scholarships right now. Meaning you could help send a kid to rock camp to learn about cool shit and play maybe their first show ever and build confidence and feel awesome about life. Help kids rock out and feel awesome about life! I want you to do it so badly that I made an embarrassing Bryan Adams reference in the title of this post just to soften up your cold, cold heart. Doo it!

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