A girls rock and roll camp? Really? Here in St. Louis?
Alas, no. St. Louis is in the Midwest, not the South, remember? The Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp camp is at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Sadly, this is the closest St. Louisans have ever gotten to
having their own girls rock and roll camp is a showing of the
documentary Girls Rock!at Webster University a couple of years ago.
The benefit is a collaboration between Those Darlins, Steve Pohlman of Off Broadway and, most of all, Joel Winn, the local sales rep for New Belgium Brewing Company.
"The three ladies [in Those Darlins] met at that camp," says Winn. "They pass out brochures at their shows. Steve Pohlman and I found out about it as at a show and thought it was a great idea they had. It takes girls out of their lives and exposes them to something bigger than themslves. We decided to do a fundraiser next time they were in town. Steve went as far as to say we should do it at Foam, since they're a new business in the neighborhood. We sent an e-mail to Kelley Darlin, who thought it was a great idea."
Kelley Darlin was a counselor at the original Girls Rock camp in Portland, Oregon, and founded the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp in 2003. She also serves on the board of YEAH! (Youth Empowerment thru Arts and Humanties), the Murfreesboro youth program that sponsors the camp. This month, she pledged to raise $4,000 in four weeks.
Winn persuaded New Belgium to donate beer for the benefit, which will be sold for $2.50 a bottle. All proceeds will go to the camp. Admission is free, but donations from audience members will not be unwelcome.
That's all fine and good, but shouldn't St. Louis girls get to go to rock camp, too?
"It's one of our goals to get enough interest in this to provide a scholarship for someone from our area to attend," Winn says. "We hope to do that next year. Maybe we'll start another camp here.
"I like rock and roll," he continues. "If we can create more rock and roll in this world, it would be a better world."
Video of the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp after the jump: