Big Takeover to play back room at BSP

If you don’t count the locals-gone-national Felice Brothers, the Big Takeovers remain the only local band to play the cavernous backroom theater at BSP in Kingston with any regularity. Fronted by the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie, the seven-piece New York band the Big Takeover plays original music that is rooted in and reverent toward the genres and rhythms of Jamaican pop: reggae, rocksteady, ska. They are devotees of Desmond Dekker and the way the old school did it. At the same time, the Big Takeover crosses lines and blends traditions like global pop fusionists. Their deceptively complex arrangements and big hooks connect with the spirit of Motown and the uptown sophistication of the 21st-century retro soul and R & B revival scene. The excellent New Paltz original world/folk band Rootbrew opens. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Big Takeover
Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
323 Wall St., Kingston