A rock camp for women

November 18, 2011
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After two years of success with Girls Rock Camp Boston, organizer and JP resident Hilken Mancini is offering the same opportunity to rock for grown-up ladies.

Ladies Rock Camp Boston (LRCB) is a condensed version of the girls’ summer camp: campers have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform at their first gig instead of the week given to younger campers.

“It’s all the same things the girls do, but there’s beer and you can swear,” Mancini said. Non-musical workshops at LRCB will include things like self-defense and screen printing.

LRCB’s tuition proceeds, expected to be at least $10,000, will benefit the girls’ camp. Both camps are hosted by JP’s Spontaneous Celebrations at 45 Danforth St.

LRCB is scheduled for late February and already has a waiting list. Mancini is looking for extra space to possibly allow a second LRCB session, she said.

The Girls Rock Campaign, LRCB’s parent organization, is also benefiting from a “JP vs. Somerville” dance-off on Nov. 20 at Good Life, a bar downtown.

“One of the girls in my band [Shepherdess] is from Somerville, and we’ve always had a friendly rivalry,” Mancini explained. “There’s always been a rivalry between Somerville and JP. They think they’re more intellectual.”

The contest will include celebrity judges and the honor of hosting the brand-new trophy until next year’s Dance Off.

City Feed would be trophy’s JP’s home, and Diesel Café in Davis Square would be Somerville’s. JP was the most recent winner.

The organizers, Mancini and Nora Allen-Wiles, met in Portland, Ore. some five years ago, while working at the original Girls Rock Camp, founded in 2001.

For more info, visit girlsrockboston.org.

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