Noise, Not Just for Boys

Less than one week ago, most of the budding rock stars at Girls Rock Denver had never picked up an instrument, so prepare to have your mind — and your ears — blown when they bring the noise at today’s Summer Camp Showcase at the Oriental Theater.

By the time they take the stage, the girls, ages eight to eighteen, will have learned to play their instruments, seen live performances by their new mentors in half a dozen local bands, and formed bands of their own, picking up drumsticks and guitar picks, learning some new licks and honing their rock-star shtick. More important, as Girls Rock Denver project director Monique Bourdage points out, they’ll have learned an important lesson about what makes themselves tick; true rocking, after all, is about much more than music.

“Music is the means, not the end,” Bourdage says. “We just want to teach these girls ways to find a voice and express themselves, and to show them that it's okay to be loud, it's okay to sweat, it's okay to yell, and it’s awesome to command a stage and soak up a spotlight. It’s really a self-empowerment camp, but ‘rock camp’ sounds more fun.”

The show starts at 3 p.m. at the Oriental, 4335 West 44th Avenue; admission is a $5 donation. For more information, visit
Sat., July 17, 3 p.m., 2010

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Colin Bane
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