Girls Rock Roanoke This Saturday

A solid drummer is a fundamental component of any great rock band. While there’s a notable list of female drummers, it’s an instrument mostly associated with men. One local group is on a mission to change that.

Girls Rock Roanoke (GRR) is a non-profit, community-based organization that works to empower young women to find their voices through music, creative expression, and collaboration, and to use those voices to be change–makers in their lives and communities. Now in its fourth year, GRR hosts two week-long summer camps where girls ages 8 – 16 come together to write an original song, play, and perform live music. Campers also attend workshops that highlight women in music history, as well as empowering workshops like self-defense, yoga, communicating with confidence, media literacy and more.

The Floorboards, Roanoke, Virginia Band

Uncovering The Floorboards

The Floorboards took the stage on an unseasonably cold spring evening, leading off with a penetrating song that demands the crowd’s attention. With a strong voice, and a powerful acoustic guitar, frontman Matt Browning quickly plants the flag of the Floorboards, making it clear that this is a band to be reckoned with. They exude a confidence and comfort with themselves, each other, the music, and their audience.

Watching The Floorboards perform is a study in contrasts. The first impression is one of serious intensity, performing songs like “Muscadine Wine” which features gritty guitar licks, and darkly personal lyrics. Two songs later, they slide easily into a fun cover of John Prine’s “Spanish Pipedream,” that has the crowd joyfully dancing and singing along. At this point the audience is fully committed, the band is in control. They can take the audience wherever they choose.