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    Another All-Girl Summer Fun Band? From ePulse. Carl Z. *** 1. (PRE)TEEN CONCERT OF THE WEEK: PORTLAND, OR -- The stars are echoing all their beauty tonight,
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      Another All-Girl Summer Fun Band? From ePulse.

      Carl Z.



      PORTLAND, OR -- "The stars are echoing all their beauty tonight," crooned
      Io Fortier-Kuttner, singer of Black Peppercorns, in a rock ballad that
      kicked off an unusual all-girl concert at Portland's Aladdin Theater this
      past Saturday. Band-mate Zayna Langer switched from electric guitar to
      drums for the rest of the five-song set, her driving rhythms fueling
      punk-influenced songs such as "Molly's Got a Secret" and "First Aid Kit."
      Coincidentally, the show took place on Langer's birthday. On June 21, she
      turned 9; Fortier-Kuttner turns 10 next month. They were two of nearly 100
      budding musicians from across the country who performed during the
      two-hour, 24-act concert, the final performance of the 2003 ROCK 'N' ROLL
      CAMP FOR GIRLS. Now in its third year, the week-long camp is the brainchild
      of Misty McElroy, a former roadie who founded the non-profit to teach girls
      the fundamentals of playing rock. This year, gals from the grown-up band
      Sleater-Kinney taught daily lessons. The Saturday concert -- showcasing
      acts formed during the week -- offered performances appropriately gritty
      and messy, including covers parents recognized (Toni Basil's "Mickey," the
      Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like") and originals, such as a hard-driving
      anthem, "Free," written and performed by a band of 16- and 17-year-olds,
      the Thick Hips. Other notable acts included the Musical Chairs, rap-styled
      drummers who scratched and tapped out amazing beats on plastic chairs, and
      a spinning set by a DJ who, before this summer, wasn't exactly aware that
      music used to be recorded on vinyl albums. On stage, some girls sported
      high ponytails and glitter, while others showed off hair dye and Mohawks,
      but all the musicians joined to scream their support for other bands. "My
      voice is an instrument wherever I go," wailed the pink-haired Lucianna
      Keil, 8, of the Pink Panthers, a fitting motto for all girl rockers. (By
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