FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2010
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081
SOUTHERN GIRLS ROCK & ROLL CAMP ROLLS INTO EIGHTH YEAR
How Cozy!, Take the Power Back, The Worsties Scheduled to Guide Campers
(MURFREESBORO) – For the eighth consecutive summer, girls with a passion to rock the house will descend on MTSU for the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp (SGRRC), sponsored by Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities (YEAH!), Monday, July 26, through Saturday, July 31.
The day camp for girls ages 10-17 aims to create a positive atmosphere of collaboration and self-esteem. Campers will attend workshops and receive instruction in guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, electronic music, songwriting, drums, recording, screenprinting, music herstory, photography, zine-making and do-it-yourself arts and crafts.
On Saturday, July 31, the bands the girls have formed during the week will put what they’ve learned on display in a showcase performance at 7 p.m. in the Siegel High School auditorium, 3300 Siegel Road in Murfreesboro. Doors open at 6 p.m. All tickets are $10 general admission. Children age nine and under will be admitted free of charge.
Throughout the showcase, audience members will be eligible for raffle prizes, including a vintage Gretsch guitar from the Gretsch Foundation, one night’s stay at Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, a Daisy Rock electric guitar, and VIP passes to the Next Big Nashville Music Festival.
Featured performers and panelists include:
• Monday: Kat Brock, former front woman for the regionally acclaimed band Dixie Dirt; This Nashville artist recently released a three-song solo EP on theory 8 records;
• Tuesday: How Cozy!, a Franklin-based group that cites riot grrrl, folk punk, and their cats as influences, with occasional implementation of xylophone and accordion into their songs;
Dr. Felicia Miyakawa, assistant professor of musicology at MTSU; She teaches courses in popular and art music traditions, including her popular Hip-Hop Music and Culture class;
• Wednesday: The Worsties, a quartet nominated for Best Indie/Pop Band and Best Video in the 2010 Nashville Independent Music Awards, which will be announced Aug. 29; The band will open for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock on July 31 at Soldier Field in Chicago;
Anna Guest-Jelley, associate director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt University; A former domestic violence
shelter worker, she will discuss healthy dating relationships for middle- and high-school students;
• Thursday: Luisa Lopez, a Texas-based singer-songwriter whose latest EP, “Cigarettes and other dirges …,” has been described as “soul and country colliding into an honest collage of catharsis and denial;”
• Friday: Take the Power Back, the world’s first and only all-female Rage Against the Machine tribune band, formed in Nashville in October 2008;
Anna Fitzgerald, one of the Founding Mothers of the Murfreesboro SGRRC and an intern at United Record Pressing in Nashville; She is completing her master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Texas in Austin with a concentration in the history of rock posters and music culture.
Major sponsors of the SGRRC include Textbook Brokers, SESAC, the Center for Popular Music at MTSU, the MTSU School of Journalism, Publix, Panera Bread, Grand Palace Silkscreen, Tugboat Productions, Singer Sewing Company, and Vitamin Water.
The Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a program of Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, a Murfreesboro-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which “uses involvement and hands-on approaches to inspire young people to grow as individuals, artists and community leaders,” states its Web site. For more information, go to www.yeahintheboro.org or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTENTION, MEDIA: For color jpegs of artists scheduled to appear at this year’s Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp and/or color jpegs from prior camps, contact Gina Logue in the MTSU Office of News and Public Affairs at 615-898-5081 or email@example.com or Nicole Tekulve, SGRRC Director, at 615-849-8140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.