Hollaback! Fburg and Fredericksburg All Ages have teamed up to bring an event called Take Back the
Stage to Read All Over bookshop this Saturday evening.

The free, all-ages event is billed as a panel discussion focusing on the role of women and girls in music; however, all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Fredericksburg All Ages is well-known around town at this point. Starting in 2008, the organization has blazed a new trail in the Fredericksburg music scene promoting all-ages, generally inexpensive concerts that bring young, local acts together with bigger touring acts that might be on Letterman the next night.

Hollaback! Fburg, a branch of the national Hollaback! Organization, is fairly new to the area, and is led by Kana Zink and Sarah Bachman. Zink is the main force behind the Take Back the Stage event and has gathered a group of panelists that includes a member of the Richmond West End Comedy improve troupe and representatives from the University of Mary Washington. Zink and Lisa Borst–an active member of the FAA community–will also sit on the panel and help facilitate the discussion. Zink had originally planned to also have two members from Girls Rock! DC, but schedules got in the way and she hopes to have them down for a future event.

Some discussion topics will include how to get started playing music, learning instruments, writing songs, performing locally, and what Hollaback! Fburg and FAA should provide the audience.

They will also screen a short film featuring female musicians and performers from Boston, New York City and Paris discussing their performance experiences.

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-Ryan Brosmer