Antigone Rising's 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. For the all-female-boot-stompin’-alt-country-rock band Antigone Rising, helping aspiring young artists while giving back to their community is something that comes second nature to a group that is helping to create music and history. Best known for relentless touring and masterful musicianship, Antigone Rising 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 some of the biggest names in rock history including The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Bangles and Rob Thomas. Antigone Rising fused their success in music with educating youth around the globe as Cultural Ambassadors to the United States Government. The band has successfully launched their own non-profit organization, Girls Rising (www.girlsrising.org) – to inspire and educate kids, especially young girls, that it’s ok to think outside the box and pursue careers in non-traditional fields. They have partnered with school districts and youth centers all over the country to create innovative programming dedicated to building confidence in youth by developing leadership and creative skills through musical workshops, outreach programs and performances.