A talented and tuneful group of female musicians will be rocking Karova Lounge’s stage on Saturday for a good cause.
The Gig For Good will start at 8pm, with performances from Candi Wade, Rhiannon Simpson, Ari Lane, Ruby Wragg & Abby Ashmore and Jules from Sweat Dreams DJs.
All money made on the door will go to Ballarat’s WRISC Family Violence Support services, which supports woman and children who have experienced family violence.
The gig was the brainchild of Karova staff member Georgie Boord, who has been working on the gig for months, said she wanted to showcase female musicians while also doing something “good for the local community.
“I’ve had the idea for a while to have a night to showcase the diversity of emerging female talent,” she said.
“These girls have played at Karova for a number of years, and they’re up and coming talent in Ballarat, and they’re all girls who are very supportive of this great cause.
“We’re supporting WRISC and saying no to domestic violence. We also want to stress that Karova is a safe place which doesn’t tolerate inappropriate touching. You can come out and have a good time without experiencing those things.”
Ari Lane said the event was partly inspired by Girls Rock! Melbourne, a not-for-profit organisation to empower female, trans and gender non-binary youth in music.
“Georgie really wanted local musicians and female-identifying musicians,” she said, “So I was stoked to be included, because the cause means a lot to me.”
“I’ve been playing in Ballarat for five years, and just in that time, I’ve noticed that the amount of female musicians has grown.
“There’s a lot of people who have come out of the woodwork – maybe people who have been here the whole time, but nobody really knew about them. It’s a really good thing, to see that going in the right direction.”
Ballarat musician Rhiannon Simpson said it was amazing to see support for women in music.
“It’s a great cause, and it’s exciting to see people supporting female-identifying folks in Ballarat, because there’s so many players, but you don’t notice until they’re highlighted,” she said.
“In a gig like this, you just go ‘wow, how many people could have played and ended up on the final gig list?’”