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Ladies Rock Camp Showcase
Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
August 19, 2012
By Sonya Brown

What happens when you get a group of rock-minded women together for a long weekend of bonding over songwriting, learning to play guitar/bass/drums, music workshops, and all-around fun? Ladies Rock Camp Showcase: The culmination of all their hard work and newly mastered skills performed on stage in front of a live audience.

Ladies Rock Camp is an event for women 21-and over to help raise money to support the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. Many of these ladies have never even held a musical instrument, but by the end of the weekend they are all rock stars. Some of the bands formed over the weekend will result in life-long friendships (and who knows, perhaps even a real rock star or two). Performing on this warm summer afternoon are Uncle Wendy, Fake Window, Drum and Noodle, Rainbow Repair Shop, In the Pocket, Slippery Horse, and Mars Needs Women.

The first thing I notice when I step inside Mississippi Studios is the instant camaraderie. There are no “too hip” cliques, no super egos. Every person is there to support the ladies. The bands are super-amped on adrenaline and ready to rock. Stage fright and nerves are replaced with the sheer joy of living out a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy. Most of the women in the bands didn’t even know each other a mere 72 hours ago. Each band performs one song – an original song written by their band for the showcase. Mississippi Studios provides the perfect backdrop for these rockin’ ladies, and the crowd is booming and energetic.

I grab a beer at the BarBar, and watch the fantasies come true…

“It's all part of my rock 'n' roll fantasy
It's all part of my rock 'n' roll dream”
– Bad Company