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Hot New Paltz-based reggae/ska band Big Takeover mobilizes Bearsville with their new cd release party this Saturday

by Ann Hutton
February 17, 2011 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo of the Big Takeover Playing at Bearsville by Donna Portia Salvino
Photo of the Big Takeover Playing at Bearsville by Donna Portia Salvino
This is a test: Do you know your ska from your rocksteady? Would you recognize either if you encountered them in a club? Could you distinguish them from reggae or dub? And, if the band makes you move anyway, would it even matter if you couldn’t?

Chances are, if you’ve experienced the Big Takeover – the up-and-coming group from New Paltz billed as reggae/ska/roots with a whiff of inherited rocksteady mixed in – it’s the sound and vitality that they produce that bear witnessing and bring audiences to their feet. And luckily, the five-man, one-woman band has been playing often all over the region, from Oneonta and Albany to New York City and way beyond.

This Saturday, February 19, the Big Takeover celebrates the release of its new CD A Tale of My Life at the Bearsville Theater at 8 p.m. This isn’t its first recording; Following Too Close came out in 2008, just a year after the group came together. Writing and performing all original songs, the sextet has opened for the Wailers (former backup band for the late Bob Marley) at the Chance in Poughkeepsie and Jefferson Starship at the Egg in Albany, pleasing enthusiastic audiences with hypnotic, danceable rhythms.

Headed by lead singer Neenee Rushie, who hails from Jamaica, the band consists of bassist Rob Kissner, drummer Sam Tritto, guitarist Jon Klenk, trombonist Andy Vogt and saxophonist Chas Montrose. They met at SUNY-New Paltz; they have day jobs, other projects and places to go. They can be seen and heard online at

Experience them on their way up when Radio Woodstock and the Bearsville Theater present the Big Takeover this Saturday, with special guests Royal Khaos, DJ Goodwill and Paper Planets. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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