GIRLS ROCK DALLAS!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Amanda Palmer came to Dallas, Texas last week, to rock out, and in the process, help raise awareness and funds for “Girls Rock Dallas!”.
Amanda Palmer is widely known as a fearless, no-holds-barred writer, performer, and artist. It was a perfect fit for her to come to Dallas to help “Girls Rock Dallas!”. This is a rock camp for girls ages 8 - 17, empowering them through music education.
The event was held at eM The Venue. This is a multi-use space, set among the art galleries, furniture and accessory showrooms, and high-rise condos in the Dallas Design District.
Austin, Texas distiller Deep Eddy Vodka was on hand, dispensing free cocktails to those over 21. There was not a whole lot of drinking going on, though. At least half the crowd was under drinking age, and many of their parent chauffeurs declined to drink. Still, enough people were drinking, and everyone was in a festive mood. DJ Esquire kept the beats intense and danceable, both before and after the main show.
The main show kicked off with the youngest of the Girls Rock Dallas! girl bands, and progressed to the oldest. There were about three of four of them. Afterward, they all came on stage to take a group bow, to the adulation of the crowd. Amanda Palmer came out and congratulated the girls on their performance, and posed for pictures with them.
There ensued a musical interlude provided by DJ Esquire, with much discussion and drink refilling.
Amanda Palmer did not bring her current band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, and so strolled on stage carrying only her legendary ukulele. The woman is a strong enough performer to hold a crowd with just that. Her main instrument, though, as she told the girls, is her piano. It was set up at stage center. She invited all the Girls Rock Dallas! girls to come sit on stage for the best view, and most of them did. She was playing mentor to the girls, and told them many inspirational stories punctuated with song. At one point, when someone called out a song she didn’t know, she asked someone to Google the lyrics on their smart phone. Within thirty seconds a young girl from down front was on stage, holding her phone where Amanda could see the lyrics, as she, Amanda, and one of the young girls sang the song. What a crowd pleaser! A little later, Amanda invited any of the Girls Rock Dallas! girls who wanted to play a song with her. Several of them obliged, and there followed a somewhat less than professional performance. Still, the audience loved it, and with good reason. The night was all about empowering young girls.
Amanda took to her piano for the second half of the performance, and showed us just what a great musician she is. She commanded the stage with it. I was only disappointed that we didn’t get to see her play with her band. That would’ve been a serious rock show.
After her performance, Amanda came out from back stage to meet and greet with the crowd, and to sign autographs. Many people also brought ukuleles and guitars for her to sign. She didn’t disappoint, either, staying to spend a few moments with every last person who wanted to meet her.
So, this is how you do Rock-n-Roll today. You come out from behind the curtain. You meet your fans, to the extent possible, on their level, and let them see the real you. You make them know that you appreciate them.
Thanks, Amanda, for a great show, and a wonderful evening.
All photos by Allen Hare
Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013