words by Michael Todd | photos by Alex Matzke
Omaha Girls Rock has the girls, 56 to be exact, signed up and ready to learn how to perform and to be confident. The musicians-in-the-making will comprise 12 bands in the camp that runs from July 30 to Aug. 3, with a concert at The Slowdown on Saturday, Aug. 4 to top it off.
What Omaha Girls Rock needs, though, is the rock. Aaron Markley, OGR instrument manager, wants to direct music-minded folks to the camp's loan/donate form, linked here. As last year's inaugural camp hosted just 28 girls, OGR is hoping to double the donations and loans. Here's exactly what they need:
12 full drum sets (they'll take any pieces: stands, cymbals, toms, snare drums, kick pedals, etc.)
16 guitar amps
16 guitars (any left-handed guitars or basses are much appreciated)
8 bass guitars
8 bass amps
As many instrument cables, mic cables, microphones, and stands as they can get
If you can provide any items listed, everything will be insured to the retail price. As they'll ask for serial numbers and other specific information, everyone loaning instruments will be guaranteed to get their gear back in the same condition in which it was given. Plus, since OGR is a nonprofit, all donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
For those instruments donated or loaned, they'll need to be dropped off on either July 28 or July 29, and picked up on Aug. 4 or Aug. 5: Some pieces will need to be used at the Slowdown concert. If need be, other arrangements can be made. OGR will contact each instrument giver individually with details about drop-off and pick-up.
Michael Todd is Hear Nebraska's managing editor. He seconds the opinion the Omaha girls rock, and the motion passes. Reach him at email@example.com.