Girls Rock NC aces another chord | Music Feature | Indy Week
Pin It

Girls Rock NC aces another chord 

Big big lights

Carly Pittman practices her vocals; Marika O'Hara (left) and the rest of Black Magik look on.

Carly Pittman practices her vocals; Marika O'Hara (left) and the rest of Black Magik look on.

Inspired by the Portland Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, local musician Amelia V.B. Shull (an Independent contributor) started the NC Rocks Camp for Girls in Carrboro because, as she says, "This community needs it. There are so many creative artists in the area that can be local mentors for young girls. They can look to their own community for role models for who they could be, instead of looking to the media for whom they should emulate.

"We try to encourage them to be confident for who they are and what they are, and to build friendship, trust and relationships with the other girls.

"As for the music, we don't tell them how to sound. As little girls, they are rarely encouraged [by pop music] to sing about anything more important than boys. Once they start playing, they discover all kinds of things they want to write and sing about."

Hannah Hodge, 11, of Hillsborough, says: "I've taken piano lessons, but I've never been able to play this kind of music. I have to play classical. I want to start a band, so I thought it would help me find people for my band, and that it would be really cool."

Rachel Falek, 11, of Chapel Hill, says: "We make up a beat that works for the whole group. Once we get into it, it's easy. Now I know how to put a song together. One day I might start a band."

Grace Gelpi prepares her sax for rehearsal.
  • Grace Gelpi prepares her sax for rehearsal.

Grace Brehler belts one out in rehearsal, under the watchful eye of teacher Anne Cousineau.
  • Grace Brehler belts one out in rehearsal, under the watchful eye of teacher Anne Cousineau.

Alexis Stone checks her look, minutes before showtime.
  • Alexis Stone checks her look, minutes before showtime.

Professional hair and makeup stylist Marit Nelson from Syd's Hair Shop gets Esme Merritt-Dorosin ready for the show.
  • Professional hair and makeup stylist Marit Nelson from Syd's Hair Shop gets Esme Merritt-Dorosin ready for the show.

Black Magik: (front, left to right) Carly Pittman, Alexis Stone, Marika O'Hara; (back) Nora Dicker, Emma Giusto, Francis Beroset
  • Black Magik: (front, left to right) Carly Pittman, Alexis Stone, Marika O'Hara; (back) Nora Dicker, Emma Giusto, Francis Beroset

The band Black Magik rocks the packed house at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro: (left to right) Frances Beroset, Emma Giusto, Marika O'Hara, Carly Pittman and Alexis Stone. (Hidden is Nora Dicker on drums.)
  • The band Black Magik rocks the packed house at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro: (left to right) Frances Beroset, Emma Giusto, Marika O'Hara, Carly Pittman and Alexis Stone. (Hidden is Nora Dicker on drums.)

More by Rex Miller

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music Feature



Twitter Activity

Comments

Oh! So AIR HORN bands are cool but not vuvuzela bands?! Smacks of prejudice to me!

by Shocka Kahn on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

Ahmmmmmm, who was there first?

by Diana Ligets Bello on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

Most Recent Comments

Oh! So AIR HORN bands are cool but not vuvuzela bands?! Smacks of prejudice to me!

by Shocka Kahn on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

Ahmmmmmm, who was there first?

by Diana Ligets Bello on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

Hey, I fully support Batala practicing at DCP! Why all the dislikes on my vuvuzela band?!?

by Shocka Kahn on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

Ha, I support Batala, but the IndyWeek comment section apparently doesn't support letters with diacritical marks...

by Lauren Faber on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

I'm a new Liberty Warehouse resident and I absolutely support Batal's use of the space. They are the kind of …

by Lauren Faber on Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion (Music Feature)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation