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Top Indie Band Antigone Rising, Featured at Lilith Fair, to Perform at Hudson Valley March 30

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 8, 2001

On Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m., the five-member, all-female Indie band & Lilith Fair-veterans Antigone Rising will perform in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre at Hudson Valley Community College. The theatre is located in the Siek Campus Center on the Hudson Valley Campus at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. Antigone Rising performed at the college last year, garnering rave reviews. Tickets are $5 with student ID, $8 for the general public.

The New York City-based band became favorites at Lilith when they jumped up onstage with the Indigo Girls during "Closer to Fine." They won the Levi/Lilith's Fair Acoustic Talent Search in NYC in 1998, and have opened independently for Sarah McLachlan. Their CDs include "Snapshot," "New & Used" and their debut CD "She's Gone A Little Mad." They recently celebrated the release of their fourth CD, "Rock Album" with a gig at the Bitter End in New York City, where they have repeatedly performed to a sold-out house and great acclaim.

Antigone Rising has been voted one of the top-10 Indie bands in the country by VH-1. Last year, Metroland voted them Best Performance of 2000. UniverCity said about them, "It's rare to find a completely female band capable of pushing through lyrically and supporting each other musically all at once." Good Times magazine wrote, "The years of countless gigs in small clubs and coffee houses is paying off for the band, who successfully earned a spot playing at Lilith Fair… Their songs are beautifully executed live and contain a resonance that the audience enjoys."

The band tells their story this way:
It's 2000 AD. Antigone died 4000 years ago, but the world's first feminist can't lie dormant forever. She's back! And she's coming to rock your town!

Antigone's messengers are two guitar slinging sisters (Cathy & Kristen Henderson) who decided the eldest daughters of Oedipus might have more to say. Dena Tauriello (drums) and Teri Avella (bass) make up the tightest rhythm section this side of Athens. And lead vocalist Cassidy is at times rumored to be Antigone herself, reincarnated with a pierced tongue, tattooed arm, and a voice that makes even the best singers dig their own shallow grave.

In May 2000, the band released "New and Used" a 6-song CD co-produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (David Bowies, Moody Blues, Luscious Jackson) and is currently gaining college airplay nationwide.

A reporter from the Hudsonian wrote after the performance last spring, "Antigone Rising performed like artists who twist themselves inside out to wring every nuance out of their music." About the lead singer, Cassidy, the reporter wrote, "The music came bursting out of every pore of her body." Peter Hanson of Metroland praised the band as well: "Their songs were beautifully crafted, with sweeping melodies, potent lyrics and scythe-sharp hooks…. They sounded absolutely fresh but also as if they had been around forever."

For more information on Antigone Rising, e-mail or call Siobhan Quinn at 629-7170.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.