Now in its second year, Girls Rock New Orleans wraps its weeklong camp this weekend with a performance from the campers and the bands they've started. Using music education, workshops, guest musicians and other activities throughout the week, Girls Rock is a confidence-building camp for girls and transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Campers don't have to have any musical experience to join.
"It's a youth empowerment camp with music as a vehicle," says camp co-organizer Cheryl Balolong.
Campers perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-352-1150). The first Girls Rock camp started in Portland, Oregon in 2001, and the Girls Rock Camp Alliance now includes more than 40 groups around the world. For more information on the New Orleans camp, visit the website.