The Hudson Valley’s most popular and successful original dance band, the Big Takeover, is a reggae band on paper. The band self-identities as such, and it navigates the reggae, rocksteady and ska styles with unfaltering competence and conviction. But it is reggae with a broad view and a global pop inclusivity.
On the Big Takeover’s stirring and stunning upcoming release, hints of R & B and Motown and subtle bossa undercurrents accent the default reggae style, all executed and arranged with great sonic imagination and attention to detail. Singer Nee Nee Rushie is never anything less than captivating and convincing. Based on some early sneak peaks, it seems that this New Paltz-born band has made a new record that is every bit the equal of their legendary live shows.
The Big Takeover appears at the Falcon in Marlboro on Saturday, January 18. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 with opener M’Bollo. The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit www.liveatthefalcon.com.