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Meet the future generation of local musicians in Girls Rock Philly’s 2017 comps

Girls Rock Philly showcase at Union Transfer | photo by Kristie Krause | courtesy of Girls Rock Philly

The coolest summer camp that I’ve ever heard of, Girls Rock Philly at El Centro de Estudiantes, has just released their two annual compilations of youth and teen-written music. Each year, campers age 9 to 12 and 13 to 18 work in two different groups to write, record, and perform music inspired by anything they want. And for many of the young people involved, this is their first time playing their instrument of choice. With that in mind, Youth Session and Teen Session collections, released recently on Bandcamp, are super impressive. It’s all about channeling your focus, learning to collaborate with others, and enjoying the all the awesome things that creative collaboration in a recording studio has to offer. Continue reading →

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Support Girls Rock Philly by catching Diet Cig, SPORTS, and GRP alums, Wolf Pack at PhilaMOCA

Diet Cig | photo via Facebook

What do Girls Rock Philly and Diet Cig have in common? They both awesomely empower girls, young women, and trans youth by showing them that they can unleash their inner confidence and self reliance through the power of music. So it makes perfect sense that Diet Cig will be headlining the GRP benefit show at PhilaMOCA on May 25th, which also features a lineup of local indie pop outfit, SPORTS, and the young talent of GRP grads, Wolf Pack. Continue reading →

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Girls Rock Philly releases two new compilations of local talent

Summer Campers at GRP | photo via girlsrockphilly.org

Two new rockin’ compilation albums, youth empowerment and music education — what more could you possibly ask for? Girls Rock Philly, a volunteer-based non-profit music and mentoring organization for girls, young women, and trans youth across the greater Philadelphia region, has just released two stellar efforts on their Bandcamp page. The campers (9-12 year old campers make up the Youth Mixtape, while 13-18 year olds created the Teen Sessions) formed bands, wrote songs, performed and recorded them all in the matter of a week. Some campers had never played their instrument before the first day of camp. Sounds like some out of this word School of Rock program doesn’t it? And yet it gets better. Now, everyone can hear for themselves what all the campers devoted their time to while writing, practicing and playing their hearts out. Continue reading →

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The Goodbye Party is going on tour, playing a Girls Rock Philly benefit

The Goodbye Party | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Goodbye Party | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

DIY scene faves The Goodbye Party will escape West Philly next month and head out on the road for a short tour. The project of DC-bred singer-guitarist Michael Cantor (also of The Ambulars), the bad released its Silver Blues LP on Salinas Records just over a year ago, and turned heads at Union Transfer last March opening for scene friends Waxahatchee.  Continue reading →

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Girls Rock Philly will host Sustaining Our Sounds gala on Saturday

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Girls Rock Philly campers | photo via www.GirlsRockPhilly.org

Girls Rock Philly launched in 2006 and held its first camp in August of 2007 with just 20 campers – including yours truly. The next year, it more than doubled in size, and the organization has been growing ever since. For most of its early years, Girls Rock Philly was entirely run by volunteers; in 2012, Diane Foglizzo became the first paid staff member, and now it has several people on staff in addition to its many volunteers. This has opened up many more opportunities for the organization and year-round programming for youth.

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Amanda X, Shannen Moser and more will support Girls Rock Philly via the Girls To The Stage comp

Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com
Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com

Take a bunch of talented woman playing punk music in Philadelphia, put them on a record and you have Girls To The StageOn April 29, the First Unitarian Church will host the release party for the new compilation and all of the proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit mentoring organization that seeks to empower Philly’s young women through music education and activities. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Girls Rock Philly present Ladyfest Philly Benefit with Cayetana, Bad Braids and more (at Little Berlin on 4/20)

LFBGirls Rock Philly student group Shark Tank will host a show at Little Berlin on Saturday, April 20th with Cayetana, Bad Braids, and more.  The event has been organized by Girls Rock Philly after-school program participants, with the group of teenagers handling everything from booking the bands to promoting the show and playing live in two opening acts, Wrong Castle and Barracuda Club House Band.  The concert will benefit Ladyfest Philadelphia, a summer event that celebrates women in arts, culture and activism.  More information about the show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, stream “Mountain Kids” from Cayetana.

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Girls Rock Philly’s 2012 Showcase comes to World Cafe Live this Saturday

Girls Rock Philly is a volunteer-run non-profit that hosts a summer rock camp for girls ages 9 to 17, mentoring them on everything from how to play musical instruments, form bands, write original songs, and more. The 2012 camp is happening this week, and culminates with a showcase at World Cafe Live Saturday, August 11th, where campers will perform their original material. This year’s showcase features 16 bands and four DJs. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the show starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or at the door. Check out the Girls Rock Philly’s live blog from camp this week here.