The city of Houston is associated more so with oil ‘n gas than rock ‘n roll. For the past five years, however, Houstonians have been working together to bring more attention to its burgeoning music scene. It is this enthusiastic teamwork that has sparked some new music summer camps and festivals (and subsequently, new volunteer opportunities). Two of them include Girls Rock Camp Houston and Free Press Summer Fest. This summer will be a hot one, but there will be plenty of cool opportunities to volunteer, network with other music enthusiasts, and keep the music playing…loud.
Girls Rock Camp Houston
Mission: Girls Rock Camp Houston is dedicated to empowering girls and young women of all backgrounds and abilities through musical education and creative expression.
What it is: A week long summer camp where girls ages 8-18 are taught how to play instruments, form a band, write a song, and learn about music and art. Campers learn about subjects like stage fright, body image, women in rock history, and songwriting. At the end of the week, the bands get to perform their songs at a local venue.
When it is: August 6-10 from 9 am-5 pm at the Rice University Student Center.
How you can help: The ladies of GRCH are gearing up for their third summer session. You don’t need any musical background to apply. Because they have opened the registration to all applicants, there is no camper limit; this means that there is an increased need for volunteers. They are looking for band coaches, workshop instructors, counselors, instrument coaches, and floaters. http://www.girlsrockhouston.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Free Press Summer Fest
Mission: To bring both locally and nationally recognized musical acts to Houston while promoting local art, food, and culture.
What it is: A two-day long music festival with multiple stages, art, local vendors, and street eats. This summer will mark the Free Press Summer Fests’ fourth year of being the only nationally recognized music festival in Houston. The full lineup has not yet been announced, but Major Lazer will be one of the headlining acts.
When it is: June 2-3 at Eleanor Tinsley Park.
How you can help: Anyone age 17 and older can apply to help out. By volunteering for at least one shift, you get a free press for the weekend, access to the “Fancy Pants” tent, and a free t-shirt. Volunteers also get complimentary refreshments throughout the day and night. http://www.freepresssummerfest.com/2012volunteerapp.php