Future leaders of local music are set to take the Revelry Room stage
Several months ago I wrote a piece about an upcoming event called Chattanooga Girls Rock, a weeklong seminar/day camp offering instruction in all aspects of musical performance to girls in the Chattanooga area. That’s a rather clinical and concise version of the mission statement. In a broader sense, the Chattanooga Girls Rock experience is meant to foster confidence, cooperation and mutual support, and, in the words of the group’s website, “to provide the girls the platforms and tools they need to tell their own stories and be heard.”
That first piece was a “call to arms” of sorts, looking for volunteers for the event. Music instructors, technical staff, restaurateurs and other local business owners all came forward to offer their time, effort and services to the cause. If you fear you’ve missed out on the opportunity to contribute to this significant and empowering event, there’s still one more opportunity to pitch in.
Camp starts in less than two weeks. After spending a week of intense study with a host of instrument instructors, vocal coaches, band managers, choreographers, sound engineers, technicians and representatives of virtually any and every aspect of the music industry, campers (who will have formed bands for the week for this specific purpose) will come together in one grand finale to perform original songs in front of a real, live audience. Friends, that’s where you come in!
On Saturday, July 23rd, the Revelry Room will provide the stage for these future leaders, performers and stars to showcase their talents and reap the reward of their efforts. Every aspect of the camp has the potential to be transformative in the lives of the young women participating, but none so much as this final performance.
Volunteers are set, guest artists have made their commitments, businesses have stepped forward with donation of time, money, services and materials and the campers have already signed up. The only thing missing now is an audience.
So, with a tentative start time of 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, the 23rd, the Revelry Room will be the place to be in Chattanooga as the girls of Chattanooga Girls Rock come together to climb the stage and with three crunchy power chords and the truth, take their first steps in to a world where no glass-ceilings can hold them back.
You are invited to be a part of it and know that the sounds of your applause and encouragement will echo in the minds of these girls for years to come. The value of those tangible affirmations cannot be underestimated.
In a time and place where “clicks” and “likes” on social media have given us the illusion of meaningful support without any of the substance, here is an opportunity to simply sit, listen, be entertained and, through the gift of your time, be a positive influence in the lives of our community’s young ladies.
There will be more updates here as the date draws nearer but in the meantime you can find more information through Chattanooga Girls Rock on the web and via Facebook at facebook.com/chattgirlsrock.