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Antigone Rising Brings It Back Home

On July 26, Glen Cove residents will have a chance to hear some homegrown talent who has hit it big over past decade when Antigone Rising takes the stage for week four of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series.


Two members of the all-female band call Glen Cove home, having graduated from Glen Cove High School and then returning to the area after working in New York City for several years. Sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson, who founded the first incarnation of the band in 1993, currently live in Glen Cove and Sea Cliff, and are thrilled to be playing for their friends and family in their home town. Kristen plays bass while Cathy plays lead guitar and the Hendersons also team up on vocals along with Nini Camps to create soaring three-part harmonies. Rounding out the foursome is Dena Tauriello, who plays the drums. 


 The band first performed at the Downtown Sounds series last year, and was forced indoors due to rain. Still, when Antigone Rising when this rock/alternative-country band took the stage at the Wunsch Auditorium, the atmosphere was as electric as the lightning that filled the sky. 


Antigone Rising has opened for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. They have performed around North America including at Lilith Fair in 1998 and South by Southwest in 2005 and also traveled to Israel as “arts envoys” for a cultural initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. 


Since its inception, Antigone Rising has released 11 albums including the 2005 acoustic EP From the Ground Up, which includes a single (“Don’t Look Back”) that was very popular among country music audiences and on CMT as a video. They were actually the first band to sign on to the Starbucks Hear Music label in 2004, which helped them gain a lot of national exposure. 


Their most recent release, 23 Red, may resonate loudest with Antigone Rising fans because the CD was funded via fan donations totaling $40,000. This allowed the group to release it on their own record label (Rising Shine) and have it distributed worldwide on the record label of Joan Jett. But for local fans, 23 Red is even more special because of what its title conveys. 


“I went to Glen Cove High School, where our sports team is the Big Red and my number was 23,” Cathy explains. “Now, any time we play a show, we all put our hands in a circle and say ‘23 red.’ It’s become kind of our band mantra for rebirth and staying together.” 


Antigone Rising uses their artistic creativity to deliver a message of diversity. Musical variety is only part of the diversity that this band brings to life as they are heavily involved in social issues that send a similar message. For example, Kristin and her wife Sarah Kate Ellis have appeared on the cover of Time as part of their coverage of the Supreme Court’s hearings on gay marriages. What is more, the couple conceived babies on the same day, which lead to trials and tribulations of being simultaneously pregnant! This story was chronicled in Simon & Schuster’s “Times Two.” An AR concert, therefore, attracts a socially-conscious crowd that appreciates both their music and their message.


Every Friday night during July and August, the Downtown BID and the City of Glen Cove join forces to bring Downtown Sounds to the Village Square at the intersection of Glen and Bridge Streets. The event has grown substantially since its debut in 1997 and the city now closes School Street due to the overflow crowds. A new feature this year is a second stage upon which alternative acts perform. Geared to the youngsters in the crowd, these acts have included children’s entertainers Paul Helou and Lee Knight on weeks one and two, respectively, and another children’s act is slated for this performance.


Downtown Sounds 2013 is presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union with additional sponsorship by National Grid, American Community Bank and Men on the Move Moving & Self Storage. The SUNY College at Old Westbury, OWWR Old Westbury Web Radio and OWTV Old Westbury Television, Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker PLLC, The Glen Cove Printery, Linchitz Medical Wellness and AvalonBay Communities have also provided support for this year’s events. Free parking is available at the nearby municipal garage and in the case of rain, the advertised acts will perform at the Wunsch Arts Center at R.M. Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue. For more information, visit or call 516-759-6970.


Cathy told the Record Pilot they just released the single “That Was The Whiskey” and recently finished shooting the video for it at Partners in Sea Cliff, which is very “homegrown” as it features lots of locals.


In high school, the Henderson sisters played in Morgan Park and other venues around town, but last year was the first show they placed in Glen Cove for quite a few years.


“We’re so looking forward to playing again,” she says. “It’s always special to play in Glen Cove, and this should be an exciting show full of pop, rock, country and musical jams that will be fun for all.”


Visit to download the single and learn more about the band.