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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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Celebrate and support badass music ladies at Pussy Claps Back event

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about two things: ice cream and badass women being awesome and making changes in the music world. So when I see events like Pussy Claps Back: Celebrating Philadelphia Femmes in the Arts, I get pretty pumped.

The killer event will take place at Johnny Brenda’s this Thursday, March 16th, with all door sales benefitting Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA and Girls Rock Philly. Throughout the night, there will be DJ sets featuring Natasha Diggs (of Soul in the Horn,) The Akasha, Baby dot com, and Aura (of Sofistafunk.) Also performing are artists Coco Mamba, Jacqueline Constance, and Queen Jo. 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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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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She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column will screen at International House

Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/
Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/

You know what’s a good thing to do on a Thursday night? Seeing a film that’s never been shown in Philadelphia before!

The International House, in partnership with Permanent Wave Philly, is hosting a film screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column on July 16. Directed by Kevin Hegge, the film follows Fifth Column, a band of four young Toronto women.  In the early eighties they collaborated in various music, film, and self-publication projects to defy conventions of art practice, gender ideas, and to challenge homophobia. These efforts eventually led to global art and political movements. The  film explores their work in-depth, and offers an explanation of why you may not have heard of them, despite their impact. Continue reading →

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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.

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Learn more about Girls Rock Philly at its 2nd Annual Open House today

This afternoon, Girls Rock Philly – a local music and mentoring program for young women – showcases what it’s all about in its second annual open house. Taking place at GRP HQ (1866 Sepviva St. in Fishtown) from 2 to 5 p.m., the event will include performances from bands and DJs that emerged from the program’s annual camp, as well as an open jam session for interested campers and volunteers. Girls Rock also takes donations of instruments and other musical gear, so if you’re like me and have guitar amps idly cluttering up random corners of your basement, this is the perfect opportunity to pass them along to folks that will put them to positive use. All the info you need on the GRP open house can be found in the flyer above.