While I was living in Austin, TX a new/old phenomenon began to emerge–the return of roller derby. Down there in the heart of Texas there were even competing leagues…the Texas Rollergirls and the Lone Star Rollergirls. These girls combine old school roller derby, with punk/grrl-power attitude, campy team themes and a healthy dose of violence….my kind of scene…especially when you combine it with live Austin music (think lots of rockabilly and retro-stuff).
The rest of the world has gotten a taste of this new rollerderby through cable TV–in 2006 A&E ran its “Rollergirls” show that followed a season of the Lone Star Rollergirls (I’m sure the name infuriated the Texas Rollergirls)….
At any rate…now its time for Northwest Arkansas to get into the act.
The NWA Rollergirls are “Arkansas’ first all-female, quad skate, flat track rollerderby league – the cream of the badass crop in Northwest Arkansas!” They have over 40 members and growing and they are currently practicing twice a week and planning their business structure.
How can you help get NWARG off the ground? Go to some of their fundraising events, garage sales, concerts, etc….or, if you have the “enthusiasm and passion”….join their street team!
06/17/06: A night of rockabilly and punk at the Dart Room, Fayetteville, Arkansas.