Concert Preview: Antigone Rising brings the country rock girl power to Jammin Java

If you’re one of the brave souls watching Georgetown empty out for Easter Break while you stay behind, let Antigone Rising cheer you up. Don’t let the name fool you. This band is not going to make you feel like you’ve just sat through a Greek tragedy or like your dad is also your brother. They will be playing at Jammin Java at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, and tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.

With a strong focus on fans and touring, Antigone rising features toe-tapping beats and powerful vocals you won’t want to miss. Although their roots are in classics like The Stones, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, and the Beatles, their sound has evolved into a smoother, more polished brand of rock with definite country undertones. Songs like “That Was the Whiskey” exemplify the band’s talent for catchy song-writing and their new direction, giving a country twang to their former girl band feel.

Band members Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Cathy Henderson, Dena Tauriello, and Nini Camps bring emotional weight to what might otherwise be fluff. Even sweet songs like “Everywhere is Home” hold reminders of harder times, and the optimistic advice that it’s best to let bad memories go. In fact, serious songs are what they do best. “Borrowed Time” manages to make a pretty lullaby into a poignant appeal to live life to the fullest.

Of course, the band has every reason to understand heavy emotion. In 2012, the US government invited them to tour the Middle East as cultural ambassadors, and they left impressed by music’s ability to cross cultural boundaries. The ladies of Antigone Rising have also played a part in LGBTQ advocacy.

After Ellis-Henderson and her wife gave birth in the same month and published a memoir that tells their family’s story, the band members were tapped by GLAAD (formerly Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to be media spokeswomen. Ellis-Henderson and her wife participated vociferously in the fight for marriage equality, and were featured on the cover of an August 2013 issue of Time Magazine celebrating victories for gay marriage.

So don’t be sad that your friends are going home for Easter while you get ready to spend some quality time in Lau. Shake up your Saturday night with a concert that will leave you pumped up and dancing, the perfect remedy for feeling lazy and unproductive. Antigone Rising will be playing at Jammin Java at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.

Photo: flickr via GuitarFiend

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