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The Big Takeover


“The Big Takeover's sound channels melodic, big band arrangements of 60s and 70s soul music, with high-energy grooves of popular Jamaican music."

- NYSmusic

"A retro earworm, delightful and self-assured."

- Atwood Magazine

“The Big Takeover channels late-night retro vibes with ‘Shy.’”

- Audiofemme

“Their performance stands alongside memorable recent shows by 

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Lake Street Dive. Spectacular."

- Wyoming Pubic Radio

“Think back to the Desmond Dekker era of Jamaican pop and you’re on the right track. But the Big Takeover would be equally at home in the Motor City — especially if the Spinners and the Slackers magically ended up on the same bill.”

- Pulse 

“With songwriting, this band unleashes creativity with a celebratory grandeur.”

- Poughkeepsie Journal

New York seven-piece, The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied in their name: packing clubs in the city and upstate NY and building their brand and reputation on the road and in the studio. A far cry from the pop-punk of American ska, The Big Takeover take their cues from Desmond Dekker and the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy and sophistication of Motown. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live- wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of the Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, a powerhouse performer who makes the audience feel like accomplices more than spectators. Traditional and experimental, The Big Takeover’s global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, hints of soul, and a pop classicism that is their own thing entirely. On the road, the band has played nearly hundreds upon hundreds of shows, sharing stages with Toots & the Maytals, The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, English Beat, the Slackers and too many more to list.

In the past year, The Big Takeover released two singles “Shy” produced by David Baron (Meghan Trainor, Lumineers), and the self-produced “Where did I go wrong?- both of which received notable airplay. In summer 2019 band was given opportunity to do video sessions at both Chicago’s famed Audiotree, and a live session at Paste Music & Daytrotter in NYC. Currently the band continues to work on their full-length record “Spilling Water”, which will be released at an undetermined time in 2020.

Short Bio: (for taglines)

Led by the powerhouse, Jamaican-born singer and songwriter NeeNee Rushie, The Big Takeover's horn-powered global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, hints of soul and Motown, and their own infectious brand of pop classicism.

The Big Takeover has shared the stage with such acts as:

The Wailers, Sister Sparrow & Dirty Birds, Toots & The Maytals, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Meditations, English Beat, Jefferson Starship, Ryan Montbleau, Pete Seeger, John Brown’s Body, The Slackers, Beres Hammond, Sister Nancy, & many others.

Noteable Plays

  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington VT

  • Sugarshack Sessions,  Bonita Springs FL

  • Bud Light Reggae Fest (headline), West Dover VT

  • Jazz On The Green, Omaha NE

  • World One Festival, El Cerrito CA

  • Mountain Jam Festival, Bethel NY

  • Tom Tom Festival, Charlottesville VA

  • Nectar's, Burlington VT

  • Helsinki Hudson, Hudson NY

  • Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC

  • Garcia's, Port Chester NY


Full Live Session at Audiotree, Chicago

"Shy" - Official Music Video

"Rainboots" - at Sugarshack Sessions


Love Understands - (Live at BSP Kingston)

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