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Empowered: Girls Rock to return to LACA April 6

March 29, 2019

It’s become a tradition in Ludington to celebrate women’s empowerment every spring with the Ludrock’s annual Girls Rock concert.

This year’s event — set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts — is shaping up to be another successful year, according to Ludrock President Ed Santarelli.

With a lineup consisting of musicians, speakers, storytellers and even wrestlers, the performers are varied, including both newcomers and Girls Rock veterans.

Santarelli said the list of Girls Rock 2019 performers is brimming with talent, including Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2016 Jamie Spore, who will return to emcee the event.

Spore is a perfect fit for Girls Rock, according to Santarelli.

“I’m stoked to have Jamie back … It’s just crazy the spirit she has,” he said. “She really embodies everything that Girls Rock is about.”

Spore said she’s thrilled to be a part of the event again as well, adding that Girls Rock is an important event for the community.

“It’s a celebration of the strong, amazing, talented women that we have in our community,” Spore said, adding that it will be entertaining for anyone who comes.

”By attending Girls Rock, people can obviously expect to be entertained,” she said. “Moreover, they can expect to be introduced to some of the amazing women in this community that they might not know.”

Santarelli agreed that there will be something for everyone at Girls Rock.

One of the acts he’s most excited for is Krista Dunn, a newcomer to the Girls Rock stage.

Dunn will tell the true story of the how she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that resulted in four brain surgeries.

Though the subject matter is serious — featuring detailed accounts of the multiple surgeries, hallucinations, feelings of anxiety and fear she experienced during her treatment and recovery — Dunn said she hopes to bring a comedic element to the story.

Laughter, she said, has been a therapeutic outlet for her, and something she hopes to share with attendees.

“Laughing has truly gotten me through this experience,” Dunn said. “While in the critical care units, I was laughing. Obviously, I would rather have not been there, but … laughter is something I use to process things.”

See The Scene in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News for the full story.