Washington, D.C. – Electro dancerock quartet Glitterlust will headline a benefit concert at Black Cat on Saturday, June 28 with proceeds going to Girls Rock! DC, a rock 'n' roll and empowerment camp for girls in the D.C. area.
The event taking place on the venue's Mainstage is known as Band Camp Benefit, now in its fourth year, a fundraiser produced by LadiesRockThis. Local musicians of varied genres – primarily women – will perform to raise money for the Girls Rock! DC's Financial Aid Fund. The event will support the organization's goal of raising $20,000 this year.
"I wish a summer rock camp for girls existed when I was growing up," said Glitterlust guitarist Liz Yeljack. "Empowering girls and building self-confidence through music education is a cause I truly care about with all my heart."
Girls Rock! DC is a volunteer-driven organization that aims to create a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their self-confidence and build community.
Last year, 62 girls ages 8 to 18 participated in the camp. By the end of the weeklong program, 11 bands and DJ crews formed and performed before hundreds of fans at the 9:30 Club. The program is now entering its seventh year and for the first time ever is offering two sessions. (Applications for both sessions are closed.)
"We are thrilled to participate in Band Camp Benefit and support local female musicians,” said Annie Lipsitz, Girls Rock! DC development coordinator. "Their support helps make it possible to continue our summer rock camp program."
FOUR MORE BANDS FROM THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA WILL JOIN GLITTERLUST IN SUPPORTING GIRLS ROCK! DC.
Frankie & Betty, a rising acoustic duo in the LGBT music scene known for their comedic stage banter and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, is the opening act. They will be followed by high energy rock trio More AM Than FM, led by the searing guitar riffs and powerful vocals of front woman Selena Benally.
Up third will be the sultry songs of bluesy rock trio Freeform Radio, fronted by LadiesRockThis promoter Nikki Smith who created Band Camp Benefit in 2011. Following them are post-punk rockers Sister Ex. Fueled by the songcraft of singer/guitarist Claudia Neuman, this quartet proudly wears a Spirit of '77 heart on its sleeve.
For musicians like Rachel Bauchman of Frankie & Betty, playing a show like Band Camp Benefit is a chance to support a cause that inspires confidence and creativity.
"I always pictured women musicians as superheroes, women I always admired but never thought I could be," Bauchman said. "Programs like [Girls Rock! DC summer rock camp] are crucial for young girls because – whether you want to sing in the front, pound on your drums – you can also be a superhero."
Tickets are $12. Doors open at 9 p.m. 1811 14th Street, NW, 20009. blackcatdc.com/shows/grdc.html