Girls can be rock stars, too.
That's the idea behind Omaha Girls Rock, an annual summer camp where girls can learn instruments and find the self-esteem to perform.
On Friday, Slowdown will host a benefit show for the camp.
HearNebraska.org selected bands and gave them a week to compose an original song.
On Friday night, Gus & Call, Howard, The Betties and Sun Settings each will perform a set ending in their new song. Because it's Friday the 13th, the artists wrote songs about superstition.
The crowd will vote on its favorite song and the winning band will send a girl of its choice to the Omaha Girls Rock camp. This year's camp takes place July 30 to Aug. 3.
Founded by Stefanie Drootin-Senseney of Big Harp and The Good Life, the camp involves a lot of notable female Omaha music scenesters.
Any girl going to the camp will get a great education.
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Now for some local music highlights coming soon.
On Friday, catch The Whipkey Three at The Waiting Room Lounge. The band has some new material coming soon, I'm told, and you might hear some of it that night. They play with The Eightyseven, The Filter Kings and Noah Sterba & the Cocktails. $7 at the door.
Catch McCarthy Trenching on April 19 at O'Leaver's Pub. I'm told that band's also working on new music. What a quick turnaround for Dan McCarthy, who released "Fresh Blood" in October.
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Come back to Rock Candy next week to read an interview with Orion Walsh, a Nebraska singer-songwriter who's been touring for a few months and releases a new album, "First By Water Then By Fire," with a show April 19 at the Barley Street Tavern.
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Check out the latest edition of Guest List, our live music video series, on Omaha.com/guestlist
Last week, we featured Team Love Records band (and Omaha favorite) Conduits.
Coming soon are sets from Philly folk trio Good Old War and Saddle Creek Records soul-rock band The Mynabirds.