GIRL, ROCKIN' Delgado.
Girls Rock! Rhode Island is a nonprofit organization providing gender-centric music programming as well as a year-round Rock Lab and camps for ages 11-18 and 18 and over. Last year GRRI held a wildly-successful "Madonnarama" tribute show, which featured notable local acts and Girls Rock! alumnae. This time around we'll get a seriously hot dose of '90s rock nostalgia as they present "Cover Grrrls" at Machine With Magnets in Pawtucket (8 pm, donation $10).
Girls Rock! executive director Hilary Jones recently unveiled a list of '90s-era acts to be covered, ranging from Kristin Hersh and the Cranberries to Hole and L7. My Bloody Valentine, the Jayhawks, and PJ Harvey have made the final cut, and local indie-rock trio the Invisible Hours has already claimed Modest Mouse and Salt-n-Pepa (!) from the master list. There will be raffles for vintage Doc Martens, signed memorabilia, and '90s-era guitar effects pedals. (Dear Hilary Jones, please turn "Cover Grrrls" into a monthly series — maybe Helium, Belly, Velocity Girl, Lush, Sleater-Kinney, and Mary's Danish can be on the next go-round?)
I checked in with one of the headlining bands, Lolita Black. Lead singer Scarlett Delgado reports the band will dig their claws into some Helmet and Nirvana. Oh fuck yes.
"We plan on keeping these songs true to their origins while throwing our own creepy Lolita spin on them," noted Delgado, who jumped at the chance to get involved.
"I absolutely love the '90s, and I'm talking about everything from Toadies to Ace of Base — I love it all!"
As a band comprised with two dominant females (drummer Kayleigh Melise is a goddamn beast behind the kit), Delgado is well aware of the lame 'girl band' stereotype, and spoke highly of GRRI's mission.
"Sometimes after our set people will say, 'Wow, you guys were heavy — I was expecting something totally different like, you know, "girl rock." ' To which I reply, 'Just what the hell does that mean?' Do you expect to hear 'dude rock' when a bunch of boys play? That's why Girls Rock! RI is so powerful — it encourages unity and self-confidence," Delgado continued. "And that's what performing music is all about."
All proceeds benefit Girls Rock! Rhode Island, including the summer camp (to be held July 9-13) for aspiring female musicians ages 11-18 (nearly half of the participants receive partial or full scholarships). Visit girlsrockri.org for info on the "Cover Grrrls" show and camp signup.