7:30p Antigone Rising
6:30p Williams Honor
5:30p Garrison Starr Band
4:30p Edie Carey
3:30p Julia Weldon
2:00p Girls Rising Panel
YOUTH SPOTLIGHT STAGE
3:00p Penelope Constantino
1:00p Sarah Brandt
12:00 Siobhan Esposito
ANTIGONE RISING BIO
Best known for relentless touring and masterful musicianship, the band played upwards of 280 shows a year in their early days. Whether it was an open mic on a Monday night or a jam packed New York City hometown show, the ladies and their infamous Vanna White (the band's beloved 15 passenger van) eventually blazed a trail straight to arenas alongside The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.
Founding sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson have always had the same philosophy. Play better than the boys and make sure the fans feel like part of the family. That philosophy plus writing undeniably catchy songs has allowed this self sustained group to maintain her independence and leave an indelible mark on an industry best known for leaving girl (bands) behind.
In a business riddled with pitfalls, the fans have been the one thing Antigone Rising count on. Their first independent fan funded CD (2000's "Rock Album") raised ten thousand dollars via checks through snail mail before the internet ever kicked into high gear. Their latest fan funded effort (2011's critically acclaimed "23 Red") raised quadruple that number, with fan perks including bowling and kickball with the band, private house concerts and band members making personal happy birthday phone calls. The fans are the lifeblood of Antigone Rising. They've always been the most critical part of the formula.
Those loyal fans and the soaring three-part harmonies are what eventually caught music industry icon Jason Flom's attention. He signed the girls to Warner Music Group's Lava Records in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he finessed a deal with Starbucks Hear Music, and the band's first major label release hit Starbucks shelves on May 11, 2005. The acoustic based live album, "From The Ground Up," included a hit single, "Don't Look Back," co-written with grammy award winning songwriter, Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty). A video for the song played in regular rotation on CMT and VH-1 throughout the summer and fall of 2005, and a half hour documentary special about the band aired on VH-1 (Listen Up! Antigone Rising). Appearances on The Today Show and The Tonight Show pushed sales over ten thousand units a week, launching "From The Ground Up" into the top twenty of Billboard's "Heatseekers Chart" well into the winter of that year. Tour dates alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Rob Thomas followed. Jason Flom's departure from Warner Music Group in 2006 left the band's major label future uncertain. Never comfortable leaving their fate in the hand's of others, the ladies left Lava Records on their own terms with an ever growing loyal fanbase strongly intact.
2009 was a year of birth and re-birth for the band, as founding member Kristen Henderson and wife, Sarah, became pregnant simultaneously; giving birth to their son and daughter in February. Longtime friend Nini Camps, having made several guest appearances with the band, officially joined the fold as lead singer and rhythm guitarist. She too gave birth to a son in December. Henderson shifted roles from rhythm guitarist to bass guitarist, mother of twins, and author, landing a book deal with Simon and Schuster. Kristen and Sarah penned a memoir about their family's unique conception, titled "Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made." The book's success pushed Kristen and Sarah into the spotlight in a way they'd never expected, being tapped by GLAAD as media spokeswomen and becoming vocal advocates in the fight for Marriage Equality. That fight landed the legally married couple on the cover of April 8, 2013's issue of Time Magazine - "Gay Marriage Already Won."
With the band's line up officially cemented as a quartet, and their signature three-part harmonies more intact than ever, Antigone Rising released a live five song EP recorded at their favorite New York City stomping ground, The Bitter End. Simply titled "Live From NYC," the EP was certainly transitional in sound, largely intended to introduce fans to the new songwriting partnership of Henderson and Camps. A little more country than rock n' roll, the songs were becoming less of a personal diary and more a collection of relatable stories. The band's live spontaneous improvisational moments, led by Cathy Henderson's extraordinary lead guitar playing helped push the band's musical landscape beyond that of traditional jam bands.
Released in August, 2011, the full length CD "23 Red," included singles, "Everywhere is Home," "One Foot In" and the ballad "Borrowed Time," inspired by the births of Camps and Ellis-Henderson's babies. Whiskey and Wine Vol 1 and 2 followed as did the advent of GIRLS RISING, the non profit formed by the band to inspire young girls to seek non traditional career paths and to explore their full potential.
GARRISON STARR BIO
THE STUFF WE ARE MADE OF, read Garrison Starr's contribution to Amy Poehlers Website, Smart Girls.
Garrison Starr is a singer, songwriter and record producer based in Los Angeles. Her latest musical release, The Forgotten Street was released in 2014. Starr released the single, “Put Your Weapon Down,” prior to the release of the EP, “What If There is No Destination” (Spring 2017). Starr has released 15 albums as a solo artist.
Known for her vibrant and impassioned and live performances, Starr’s shows have been described as “marrying pop smarts and Americana grit with a voice of remarkable power and clarity”(gomemphis.com 2012).
Starr is a full time songwriter in Los Angeles whose songs have been featured on numerous TV shows and commercials. She regularly collaborates with various artists on projects and has found great success in the sync world.
In 2016, Starr collaborated with long time friend, Margaret Cho, and produced “American Myth.” Starr co-wrote, played guitar and sang on the record. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the Comedy category.
Garrison's love for truth-telling, good whiskey and human connection has made her a darling of the singer-songwriter world.
She continues to tour the U.S. and Europe.
WILLIAMS HONOR BIOGRAPHY
Straight from Asbury Park, NJ's legendary music scene, comes an unstoppable collision of like minded influence, chemistry and a true love for country music. Singer and performer powerhouse Reagan Richards and producer/multi-instrumentalist Gordon Brown have come together to show the world their love for modern country by building on the years of tradition, harmonies and story songs the genre continues to pride itself on.
The two met while doing a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims and after the summer of 2014 they came back to Jersey with a plan. They decided to create a banner based on tradition. Fueled by the memory of their fathers, who were both lost way too soon, WILLIAMS HONOR was born.
One of the Williams Honor objectives is to write and select material that is a reflection of their own lives and communities around them. They are not scared of the boundaries that once limited the genre, rather they are excited to continue to blur them with respect for all the legends that made country music into America's music.
After being the main songwriter and forming Highway Nine (RCA Nashville), Asbury Park's only country music act to ever get signed throughout the years, Gordon knew he heard a version of country music that could have deep roots on the Jersey Shore. "I have always been able to find my voice within a song by challenging myself to write for those that want to express their own story. I find great reward in that. When a song connects and gets sung back to you, there is no better feeling in the world. Reagan and I are lucky to come from a deep and rich Jersey Shore history where the neighborhood makes you believe in all the elements to make that happen. We both found all of those same elements shining bright in Nashville for the many years we've been able to work there."
EDIE CAREY BIO
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Edie Carey is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on – and off – stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey’s wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend.
Carey has been singing at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms across the US, Canada and Europe since 1999, performing alongside Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, and Shawn Mullins. She’s also been a featured artist on NPR’s Mountain Stage.
Her latest offering, ‘Til The Morning, a joint effort with award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah Sample, was funded entirely by their loyal and steadily growing legion of fans, as were Carey’s previous three records. Produced by Scott Wiley, the duo’s CD features appearances by cellist and vocalist Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz, Raining Jane), violist Aaron Ashton (Peter Cetera, Smokey Robinson) and Sam Cardon (Composer, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Olympic Winter Games).
JULIA WELDON BIO
On the verge of starting her next album, Brooklyn indie-folk-pop artist Julia Weldon instead found herself awaking from a coma after a gender affirming surgery. One year later after a fortunate recovery and songs to tell the story, the self-taught, nationally recognized musician went across the pond to England to record her new material with Drew Morgan (producer of Perfume Genius). As a follow-up to her critically acclaimed album, Light Is A Ghost, Weldon describes her new work as a contemplation of polarities: heartbreak and new love, connection and loss, life and death. Her reflections on mortality and feelings of being both "Cursed and Blessed," as one of her songs is titled, are especially present and poignant in her work post-coma. "Making this album was the most intense and formative creative experience I've ever had. Since Drew Morgan and I live an ocean apart, we made the most out of every hour we had while I was in England for two weeks. We approached each song as a new and unique soundworld, capturing the heartbeat and essence of that world and then arranging and building other musical parts from there. It was unprecedented and special, and I think that vulnerability will be heard on the final album," said Weldon. Weldon’s music has been featured in The Village Voice, Buzz Feed, Bitch Magazine, Autostraddle, AfterEllen, SheWired, The Advocate, Deli Magazine, and The Washington Post.
YOUTH SPOTLIGHT STAGE
We are so thrilled to showcase up and coming female musicians!
ONDINE PLAYS AT 4pm
SARA PLAYS AT 1pm
PENELOPE PLAYS AT 3pm
ELLA OSWALD AND HER STRING QUARTET
ELLA PLAYS AT 12:20p
SIOBHAN ESPOSITO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Siobhan, 17, is a pianist and vocalist from Sea Cliff, N.Y. With a focus on jazz, Siobhan is influenced by the work of Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding and Amy Winehouse. Along with participating in 4 of her high school’s ensembles, Siobhan was recently was selected to be the pianist in the 2017 New York State Band Director’s Association Honors Jazz Band. As a 2018 graduate of North Shore High School, she plans on continuing her musical studies into college.
SIOBHAN PLAYS AT 12p