he 2007 Girls Rock & Girls Rule tour will return to Long Island for the second year, and

will host a special preview event on Saturday, September 8, at Katie’s of Smithtown in Smithtown. This event leads up to a full 10-day tour along the East Coast in late September. This national tour is designed to feature some of the best female rockers from New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. The show features several Long Island-based acts in Dormitory Effect, All Out Riot, The Raygun Girls, and The Rosies. Joining them once again this year will be New York City’s G-spot, Loki the Grump, Marisa Mini, and RewBee. The show starts at 7:30 pm, with doors open at 7 pm. This fast-rising tour, now known as “GRGR” to its fans, is presented this year in partnership with The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, who will receive a portion of the proceeds. Admission is a $10 tax-deductible donation, which includes raffle tickets for prizes from Sam Ash, JVC, WBAB-FM, and more. For the past five years, Girls Rock & Girls Rule has featured the best female rockers on the music scene; this year they continue their


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mission of creating awareness and exposure for independent female artists while helping women and girls in the community. As for this music, this year’s GRGR tour features more stops and more style of music – everything from pop-rock to punk to metal to hardcore. This year’s GRGR tour is hitting many more cities with artists who play harder than you could imagine. These girls like boys, they play with boys, but they are not “one of the boys” – each gal onstage is fierce, independent, and commands her band with passion and presence, playing songs of triumph, love, sex, politics, fun and freedom, bringing heart and their own unique viewpoint on whatever they happen to be singing about. From September 22 to September 30, the GRGR Tour will travel from Washington, DC to Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and upstate New York before finally ending up back home in Brooklyn. Other bands scheduled to appear on the tour include Edible Red, InfernoPhonic (formerly Tang), The Catholic Girls, Emiko, Esmirelda & The Tidbits, The Twats, Olivia & The Housemates, Semiblind, Soraia, Prima Donna, Odd Girl Out, The Degenerettes, Shooting Ropes, Spark Is A Diamond, If Man Is Five, Pasco Roberts, Covin, Sanity Is Chaos, The Turnaround, Silence Bleeds, Cootie Shot, Cheap Perfume, Royal Pink (formed at Ladies Rock Camp), and Luff. In addition, there will be special guest appearances at select shows from Willie Mae Rock Camp camper bands. The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls was founded in 2004 and is a New York Citybased non-profit summer day camp serving girls aged 8 through 18. The program offers girls the chance to learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, perform, learn about different types of music, and generally “rock out” in a supportive environment that fosters self-confidence, selfesteem, creativity, tolerance, and collaboration. The camp is named after Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, a blues and rock performer and songwriter who was one of the first women to play the music that came to be known as rock & roll. The camp grew out of the Portland, Oregonbased program Rock & Roll Camp for Girls, which was founded in 2000. For more information, log on to williemaerockcamp.org. Katie’s of Smithtown is located at 145 West Main Street.

Returns To Long Island