There are about 40 participants at this year’s Girls Rock Louisville camp. | Courtesy of Girls Rock Louisville

Each June, dozens of girls and gender non-conforming youth ages 10-18 gather at Girls Rock Louisville camp to learn musical education and gain self-esteem while doing so. It’s a weeklong fun and immersive experience for the girls, and it culminates in a public performance by the bands that were formed at camp.

A shot from this week’s camp. | Courtesy of Girls Rock Louisville

This year’s camp currently is underway, and the Camper Showcase will be held Friday at Headliners Music Hall.

Organizers say there are more than 40 participants this year, and nine new bands have been created. A team of more than 70 volunteers, including many from our music scene, help the kids learn instruments, vocals and even marketing in the music business.

Last year, Insider talked with Girls Rock Louisville co-founder Carrie Neumayer about the experience. She told us the campers learn so much more than how to play a guitar.

“These campers spent hours every day learning a new instrument and working hard to collaborate and connect with one another despite varying levels of experience and navigating different personalities and communication styles,” said Neumayer. “I credit our campers’ resiliency, their boldness, their kindness and their vast creativity to their music’s success.”

Joining the girls on the Headliners stage Friday night will be Atlanta singer-songwriter Shannon Wright; Kentucky native Honeychild Coleman, who currently resides in Brooklyn; and Louisville girl band Bungalow Betty, whose influences include Blondie and The Runaways.

Bungalow Betty is a Louisville band. | Courtesy of Bungalow Betty

The Camper Showcase begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at Headliners, 1386 Lexington Road. Admission is $5 in advance, $5 before 7:30 p.m., or $10 after.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."