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Ladies Rock Show Los Angeles Raises Money to Comp Girls’ Music Camp

Women Play to Raise Money for Raining Jane’s Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles

Ladies Rock Camp - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Ladies Rock Camp – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

Women of all ages rocked out at at the bootleg in Silverlake to raise money for Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles.

The fourth annual fundraiser, called Ladies Rock Camp Los Angeles, is put on by the members of Jason Mraz’ band, Raining Jane, and several hundred women.

The point is to raise funds to send girls to rock camp this summer.

The lady rock campers took a Memorial Day weekend together in Hollywood putting together seven distinct bands of virtual strangers and they have to write a song and create a logo.  The final step: To perform at the Bootleg.

 

Most of the women have never even picked up a musical instrument before.

“We all made friends with each other,” said Pegi Hayes of Oceanside, who made the trip from San Diego County and who was in the band called Vintage. “The challenge was to write a song, create a logo and write and perform with people you have never met before. It was really fun.”

Ladies Rock Camp Los Angeles held over Memorial Day weekend, raises funds for girls to go to camp. Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Ladies Rock Camp Los Angeles held over Memorial Day weekend, raises funds for girls to go to camp. Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Changing Girls’ Lives Through Music 

Mona Tavakoli of Raining Jane said the annual fundraiser gives women an idea of how the Rock Camp can change a girl’s life.  

The exercise helps underscore the importance of cooperation and creativity.

“This is an empowerment for women,” Tavakoli said. “It enables women learn to support each other and create together.”

Each of the seven bands were given two coaches. One coach,  Amber Elliott, said: “It’s a fun,  team building exercise that basically brings people together.”

Tavakoli said she and her Raining Jane band members Becky Gebhardt, Chaska Potter and Mai Bloomfield got the idea after volunteering at a girls camp in Portland.

“This is about creating opportunities for women to support each other,” Tavakoli said. “It’s a chance for women to collaborate, and not compete.”

Ladies Rock Camp - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Ladies Rock Camp – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Bands that participated had cool names:

Royal Illusions with Jenifer Roosevelt, Michelle Vogel, Karman Kregloe, Courtney Orsinelli, Sarah Haywood, Kelli Wymore and Nina Kurtz

Vintage with Pegi Hayes, Karen Bates, Cheryl Filipek, Jennie Pierce, Cat Bramhall, Whitney Hogan, and Amber Elliott

We Just Met with Paula Propst, Cheri Herrboldt, Reema Iqbal, Mary Kay Wolfe, Anita Brown and Aly Miguel; Unconditional with Ellen Jannol, Marissa Pittam, Jenni Mischel, Kelsey Kaszas, Olivia Alminiana

Ladies Rock Camp - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Ladies Rock Camp – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

The Rock-It Boots with Sandy Haasis, Jenny Dickmanm April Trestick, Kristine Kollasch, Celeste Ward and Marisa DeMeglio

Tigermouse with Jennifer von Stauffenberg, Vallie Gilley, Lori Wachter, Miranda Westerman, Phoebe-Marie Brown and Mai Bloomfield

Bad Rabbits with Kristine Surla, Anne Marie Iniguez, Jessica DiPaola, Charlene DiPaola, Myriam MacQuiddy, Dawn Thomas and Kelly Kathleen.

James Williamson’s ‘Re-Licked’ Show: ‘Alternative Music’s A-List’ Brings Raw Power to New Project

Lisa Kekaula with James Williamson at Re-Licked show Photo © 2015 Heather Harris

Lisa Kekaula with James Williamson at Re-Licked show Photo © 2015 Heather Harris

Alison Mosshart, Jello Biafra, Cheetah Chrome Bring It to Bootleg Show

STORY By DONNA BALANCIA, PHOTOS By HEATHER HARRIS

SILVER LAKE — There was a kitchen drawer at our house that had all sorts of cool things: From screwdrivers to Scotch tape, gumballs to love beads. My dad called it “contained craziness.”

It was like that the other night for James Williamson’s Re-Licked concert at the Bootleg.  Set against a ambient backdrop, the show was a powerful reminder of punk rock’s past, and an exciting sign of the future of the genre.

Accompanied by what could only be called The A-List of Alternative Artists, Williamson amassed a show that was one of the most action-packed we’ve ever seen.  Williamson may have been known as producer and guitarist before, but now he can certainly claim the title of talent scout and promoter.

Calling on his relationships with people like Dead Weather’s Alison Mosshart, Jello Biafra, Joe Cardamone, Lisa Kekaula of the Bell Rays, Cheetah Chrome, and Frank Meyer and the Street Walkin’ Cheetahs, Williamson took a one-off show and turned it into a screaming social event of great success.

SEE HEATHER HARRIS’ PHOTO ESSAY BELOW

James Williamson with Jello Biafra - Photo © 2015 Heather Harris

James Williamson with Jello Biafra – Photo © 2015 Heather Harris

Band Street Walkin’ Cheetahs and ex-Dead Boys guitarist Chrome lent support as opening acts and joined in the action during the main show, as did “new guys” The Richmond Sluts, who were the young standouts.

The Richmond Sluts’ music and appearance were reminicent of a true 1970s rock n roll band. The charisma, stage presence and white go-go boots of frontman Shea Roberts is really something to appreciate.  Roberts is clearly the new sex symbol of Rock N Roll.

Williamson said he selected Carolyn Wonderland to sing “Open Up And Bleed,” because he was looking for a Janis Joplin-type style for the song.  She breathes new life into a great classic with a feminine touch and vulnerable but commanding stage persona.

Meyer of the popular Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs has a fabulous personality, cool performance style and he did an excellent job running the show, introducing performers and keeping people laughing with his jokes. He gave super energetic renditions of “She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills” and “I’m Sick of You.”

Mosshart’s performance is always something to see — unique and relaxed — her body twisting with each word and wild hair seemingly with a life of its own. She knows how to keep the audience hanging on every motion.

Her crooning “Till The End of the Night” captured the audience as she is both flirtatious and powerful in her delivery. With Malin on “Wild Love,” she shows a gregarious and giving nature in her performance. She clearly enjoys collaborating with established as well as up-and-coming musicians.

Ron Young with James Williamson - Photo © 2015 Heather Harris

Ron Young with James Williamson – Photo © 2015 Heather Harris

Ron Young of Little Caesar was a breath of fresh air with his hard rock style.  He delivered a solid performance of “Rubber Leg.”  Young’s the kind of guy you want to be in the trenches with, as he is a real team player with a great attitude and cool swagger.

Joe Cardamone of The Icarus Line taunted the audience with “Scene of The Crime” and “Pinpoint Eyes.”  This Los Angeles artist has been working with The Icarus Line and previously fronted Kanker Sores. Kekaula’s wild energy turned “I Got A Right” into a hopping punk revival, soul style.

The opening song was a predictor for the superband performance: Biafra’s “Head On The Curve” was a wild shout out to both Iggy Pop and his Dead Kennedys days — he is still a wild man and compelling to the point where you can’t keep your eyes off him.

For show-enders “Search and Destroy” and “Louie Louie” it was like controlled chaos erupted on stage, and it was calamity on whom to focus the lens.

There was so much action at once it was like a three-ring circus with people running all over the place — Malin whipping his microphone cord around, Cheetah Chrome’s bald pate gleaming, Biafra waving his arms around, and Kekaula relieving her fellow musicians by fanning them wildly.  Yes, with a fan.

Meanwhile, Williamson, who assembled the crazy crew of alternative’s wildly talented, kept his cool, calmly playing his well-recognized guitar in the corner of the stage.

When we asked him, “How did you keep a straight face?” he responded with a cool chuckle and the whole reason for the show: “It was a lot of fun, wasn’t it?”

Yes It Was.   See The Entire Show HERE

 

 

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