So what's the difference between Girls Rock Charlotte and Pachyderm Music Lab? In many people's eyes the line is blurred between the two of us. I wanted to explain the difference so you have a better understanding of me (Krystle Baller) and the things I participate in and offer. Girls Rock Charlotte is a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by feminist powerhouse Kelly Finley. I joined up with them the first year and became the Music Director. Girls Rock uses music and t
"It's more of a community than it is a camp. Here is a kind of safe space for sure, because no one is going to judge you." -Emma, long time camper "We focus on building a community of empowered young people and they keep coming back. Girls Rock Camp is cool. They're learning how to play instruments and be in a rock band or make a movie. We talk about it in the beginning of the week that we're going to be supportive of each other and they really follow through with that."
PML owner and Girls Rock Charlotte Music/Volunteer Director, Krystle Baller went on the Do Good Charlotte Podcast to talk to host, Pamela Escobar about Girls Rock Charlotte with one of the campers turned Teen Mentor, Maya Wessler. Listen below learn about the organization and scroll below to donate to GRCs crowdfund campaign while you listen <3 Girls Rock is doing their annual crowdfund campaign. We need your help raising $20k for scholarships! Help out this powerful girl/l
Via NoDa News: "What do baby mosh pits, girl bands, and social justice warriors have in common? A spot in little NoDa called Rock on 22nd. It’s a new collaborative space, housing Girls Rock Charlotte and Pachyderm Music Lab at 423 East 22nd Street. Paul Sires and Ruth Ava Lyons, credited for setting the foundation for the NoDa Arts District, own property on East 22nd Street (located between Amelie’s and Abari Game Bar) and are shaping the new cultural center of NoDa. They hav
What happens when women take over a girl scout camp for a weekend? MUSICAL MAGIC (at least when Girls Rock Charlotte is involved). Anyone can play music. It's actually easier when you have a group of people around you, contributing and supporting aka A BAND. It seems impossible but I swear it works every time! I've created over 40 all women bands at this point and it have it down to a science. Step 1: Throw a bunch of strangers into a room together Step 2: Make them feel
P!NK visited Charlotte last Saturday and we got a big surprise! On Friday we found out that Spectrum Center had donated 1k to Girls Rock Charlotte on P!NK’s behalf and we were blown away. The timing couldn’t have been better. The day of the concert GRC had a House band practice and I told the girls we delivered some tees to give to her and they freaked out. They wanted to make a video to thank her so the kids wrote out what they wanted to say and made the cutest video, whi
Hi there! *waves excitedly* My name is Lonna. I’m here today to tell you about my love for all things Krystle. Just a few months after moving to Charlotte, I was asked to write a blog post for Charlotte Parents Kid’s Blog. As a ukulele playing librarian, of course I wrote about 5 Picture Books that Celebrate Music, and an interview with Krystle popped up as related content. I like to think it was fate that brought us together, and I guess that’s possible, but let’s get real.
Pachyderm Music Lab owner, Krystle Baller made the local news! Spectrum News made a surprise visit to the Lab and interviewed Krystle during a lesson and Lady Rockstar, Emily Powell. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. -- It might be hard to tell but there was a time when Krystle Baller described herself as shy. Music is where she found her escape, but early on she only flirted with it. When she joined an all-boys band she didn't know what to do. “I just wanted to
I'm an expert lady band maker. It's an odd skill, but it is my own. Sometimes I have trouble claiming it. It's so weird... because it's obviously something I excel at. You ever have those moments where you feel a bit like a fraud? I find myself thinking things like, "Who am I to teach people to rock? I've only been in a handful of bands. There's lots of musicians out there who are better than me." My main squeeze is getting people to believe in themselves when their gut
You may have noticed, we do a lot of stuff that caters to women and children. Don't get it twisted. Guys are awesome too, but the women need some love. You see I am driven to inspire and create gender equality. Little bit about me: I grew up being what one would call a "Tomboy". Not that I played a lot of sports, really. I just placed myself in a very masculine role. I've always marched to the beat of my own drum and in order to get my ideas across and be heard, I learne
Pick up your instrument and let's get to rockin' Ladies! Looking for an escape, want to hone your stage skills, on a budget? We got you covered! 1. Lady Rockstars Pop - Up Workshops For a taste of Lady Rockstar life come to this event and learn a song on guitar and participate in fun activities that will get you engaging in quality conversation and laughing along the way. $35 Ages: 18+ Friday, February 16th 7:00 - 8:30pm at Grace on Brevard 219 S. Brevard St. Charlotte, NC
"YOU GUYS, I am beyond excited to introduce the Smarty Mom this week, Krystle Baller. She and I were connected through my doula, Sarah Cowherd within the last few months. In our 30 minute conversation, I was absolutely FLOORED with her involvement in the youth community, specifically, Girls Rock Charlotte. I initially wanted to interview her regarding her blossoming Baby Punk business, but as our conversation continued, I realized more people needed to know ALL THE THINGS thi