Visitors to Slowdown on Saturday night might notice that the performers on stage are a little bit smaller than usual.
The participants of Omaha Girls Rock will be showing off the skills they learned during a week at camp building confidence and learning a new instrument.
With Orenda Fink of Azure Ray serving as a counselor and workshop coordinator and Rachel Tomlinson Dick and Melissa Amstutz from Hers working as volunteer coordinators, the girls are being taught by some of the best in the biz.
Val Nelson, manager of Slowdown and outreach coordinator and fundraising director of Omaha Girls Rock, said that 60 percent of the girls have never even held the instrument they end up playing at the end of the week. Throughout the camp, they have instrument instruction along with a series of workshops on topics such as songwriting, music journalism, self-esteem, vocal improvisation, ecstatic dance and yoga.
The girls are matched with other campers based on the kind of music they want to perform. More often than not, Nelson said, the campers end up performing energetic songs that resemble punk rock. But performances are all over the map. Last year, they had a drummer who rapped. And some campers this year are working on tracks inspired by R&B.
This year’s Girls Rock showcase is Saturday at Slowdown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; performances start at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds help to benefit the 2014 Omaha Girls Rock camp.