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The Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp returns to MTSU 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 25-29 with a lineup of independent rock artists to instruct and inspire budding young musicians.

The campers will show off their skills in a Camper Showcase slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Siegel High School, 3300 Siegel Rd. in Murfreesboro.

The summer day camp for girls ages 10-17 in the University’s Wright Music Hall strives to creative a safe, positive culture of collaboration and self-esteem where campers can express themselves, become empowered and rock out.

Campers will attend workshops and receive instruction in guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, electronic music, songwriting, drums, recording, screenprinting, music herstory, photography, zine-making and do-it-yourself arts and crafts.

On Monday, July 25, The Ettes will be on hand. This Nashville-based trio soon will release its fourth album, “Wicked Will,” and embark on a national headlining tour in August with two dates in New York. Elle magazine says lead singer Coco Hames’ voice “sounds the way Lesley Gore’s might if she’d taken pouting and strutting lessons from Mick Jagger—intimate and explosive.”

atalie Prass is slated for Tuesday, July 26. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter’s debut LP, “Small & Sweet,” combines pop, folk and soul stylings. Of her creative process, she writes, “I get cozy. I love my surroundings. I take everything in and get super comfy cozy.” She lists Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and Gillian Welch, among others, as influences.

Yumi and the System, an electronic pop artist, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27. Yumi has charted in the College Music Journal top 200, performed on Fearless Music TV and has been a grand prize winner on ourstage.com.

On Thursday, July 28, Youth Speaks Nashville, an endeavor supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, will conduct both a performance and a workshop. SGRRC describes it as a way for the camp to “diversity our cross-genre fusion of hip-hop elements such as beat-making, writing rhymes and emceeing.”

The artist for Friday, July 29, is Pennyhawk, which describes itself as a “gypsy-saloon, cringe-folk band” from Ames, Ia. Drummer Leslie Hall will deliver a special solo performance.

All tickets to the Saturday, July 30, Camper Showcase are $10 general admission. Children under eight years of age will be admitted free. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Items to be raffled at the showcase to raise money for SGRRC include vintage guitars from the Gretsch Foundation, one overnight stay and dinner for two at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, a Daisy Rock electric guitar, VIP passes to the Next Big Nashville Music Festival and exclusive merchandise from indie record labels Third Man Records and Infinity Cat.

To register or for more information, go to http://sgrrc.com/.

The Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a program of Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, a Murfreesboro-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which “uses involvement and hands-on approaches to inspire young people to grow as individuals, artists and community leaders,” states its Web site.

For more information, go to www.yeahintheboro.org, call 615-849-8140 or send an e-mail to artsempoweryouth@gmail.com.

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