Girls Rock Louisville : July 6th, 2016

Logo by Natalie Felker

Logo by Natalie Felker

Hey listeners.

Back in November 2014, I interviewed two women behind the local band Lady Pyramid. In the midst of the discussions, we talked about the first annual Louisville Outskirts Festival and Rockshops for Girls. If you haven’t heard of either you’re missing out! Louisville Outskirts fest is a music festival that highlights the women and gender nonconforming individuals in Louisville’s music community. Rockshops for Girls was a weekend long workshop where girls form bands and perform their first set of songs.

Since 2014, Outskirts & Rockshops have been going strong, expanding into a weeklong summer camp culminating in an ending showcase. With the help of the international organization Girls Rock Camp Alliance, Girls Rock Louisville was formed. In addition to what Rockshops offered, girls and gender nonconforming youth will now also get to record in a local recording studio, learn self defense, and hear lectures on creative processes and self love. All amazing things.

My guest today is a key organizer and counselor Riece Hamilton, formally of Girls Rock Jacksonville. She has come back home and brought the experience she had working in Jacksonville to Louisville. Our chat goes into further detail of what the camp is about, the activities, why she loves it, and the future of GRL.

During the interview, I kept wanting to gush about the program but really couldn’t find an intelligent way to do so… so here’s my attempt. There are so many young people who struggle with emotional and self esteem issues. More often than not, girls and gender nonconforming youth are constantly being held back both consciously and unconsciously. That’s why there is such a need for programs like these. Girls Rock Louisville offers them not just support and mentorship but also teaches self expression, how to form bonds, how to collaborate with others, and real-life examples in creative problem solving. These are tools that will better them in life, and better their communities as a result.

To learn more and volunteer with Girls Rock Louisville, visit girlsrocklouisville.org or their Facebook page.

To check out everywhere else Girls Rock is involved, go to girlsrockcampalliance.org.

As always, you can click the player below to hear the discussion.

Lady Pyramid : November 5th 2014

Lady Pyramid and Spettra at the Blind Date event 'Glances'. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Lady Pyramid at the Blind Date event ‘Glances’. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello strangers…

I’m back from my unintentional hiatus. After a spell of hard drive crashes and technical errors, I’m here….finally. And I bring you today guests I’ve been trying to wrangle for quite some time. Over the Halloween weekend I hung out with Katy Hartman and Anna Lee Roeder of Lady Pyramid. We messed around on keyboards & Omnichords, as well as discussed unique trash finds, the communal aspects of music making, and their upcoming release, Sweet Seashell Dreams.

Lady Pyramid is a foursome of creative women who make music that consist of an upbeat, positive tone with storybook imagery. Sonically, they’re one part bubbly calm psyche, another part warm blanket of fuzzy distortion. Lady P is involved in both the music community and the community in general through their work with Squallis Puppeteers, Amped Louisville, and recently the Outskirts Music Festival. Katy and Anna explain their Outskirts experiences and the ‘Rock Shops’ they taught.

The release party for Lady Pyramid’s debut will be November 21st at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. They will be backed by Black Birds of Paradise, The Get Down, and the visual magic of Spettra. Show starts at 9.

Besides their efforts within Lady Pyramid, both Anna and Katy have hands in other music projects as well as visual art.

If you ignore the sound of my furnace periodically kicking on and off, it’s a pretty good episode. Click the player below to hear it or subscribe through the iTunes Store.