Ladies Rock San Diego empowers through music


A new intensive rock camp for women is coming to National City this weekend. Ladies Rock San Diego (LRSD) is a three-day program in which participants learn an instrument, form a band, compose an original song, and then perform it live to an audience in just 72 hours.

Workshops covering the likes of instrument instruction and song writing, as well as a professional photo shoot, will take place over all three days at National City’s A Reason to Survive (ARTS) Center. Then, on Sunday night, the entire event will culminate with a two-hour showcase performance at Queen Bee’s in North Park.

Although this particular weekend is only for those 18 and up, all proceeds from the event benefit Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego, a community-based nonprofit organization that empowers girls through music education. And a similar event for younger attendees is currently scheduled for July.

LRSD focuses on female-identified individuals 18 and over who are looking for a safe space to explore their creativity with like-minded women. And, of course, rock!

“Ladies Rock San Diego is a fast-paced empowerment boot camp for women to come together and collaborate, all while benefitting their younger counterparts at Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego,” said Melissa Grove, founder and president of Ladies Rock San Diego and Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego.

And while any kind of talent or previous experience is not required to attend – absolute beginners, karaoke queens, and shower singers are all welcome – it certainly seems to be a prerequisite of LRSD’s instructors. San Diego musicians like Veronica May, Megan Love, Kinnie Dye, Paige Miller and Emma Byrd will be on hand.

Ladies Rock San Diego!

When: 5-9:00 p.m. March 23

8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 24

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25

Where: A Reason to Survive (ARTS), 200 E 12th St., National City

Cost: $275


LRSD Showcase

When: 4-6 p.m. March 25

Where: Queen Bee’s, 3925 Ohio St., North Park

Cost: $10, All ages