Girls Rock! Iowa City recruits campers, counselors at free showcase

Girls Rock! Iowa City Showcase

Friday, Feb. 19 from 4-8 p.m. — WRAC, 230 N. Clinton St.

Girls ages 8-16 are invited to sign up for a summer camp experience like no other: Applications are now being accepted for Girls Rock! in Iowa City and the 2016 recruitment campaign begins with a benefit show this Friday at the new Women’s Resource and Action Center.

The music camp is looking for both campers and volunteers (counselors, band coaches and instrument instructors) to attend the funnest and hippest crash-course school of rock for girls in the county.

Last July, two solid weeks of Girls Rock! camp in Iowa City gave campers time to hang out, take lessons in basic music techniques, practice with their bands, make zines, learn about feminist ideas and kick out the jams at camper showcases.

Girls Rock! camper showcase in July 2015 -- photo by Adam Burke
Girls Rock! camper showcase in July 2015 — photo by Adam Burke

This week’s free benefit features performers from around Iowa City and the state, including poetry with Rica Kenyon, Jenny Watkins and Elsie Lyons, and music with K0, Hot Tang, Mary Reasoner and Laurie Haag, Liv Carow, Alien Girls, Caturday Night Fever, Abby Haley and Rachel from Lipstick Homicide.

Campers develop an esprit de corps as they practice in bands and take instrument lessons. The camp offers access to equipment, like music instruments, microphones and amplifiers. In addition, visiting artists and staff counselors play concerts for campers.

The show is also a chance to visit the newly opened Women’s Resource and Action Center, the feminist community center, activist organizing site and advocacy meeting place. WRAC opened a new office at 230 N. Clinton St this week, after closing doors at 130 Madison St., following nearly forty years in the two-story blue house across from the Iowa Memorial Union.

The Girls Rock! Showcase is free and open to the public.

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