Since 2007, the New York six-piece The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied in their name: packing clubs in the city and upstate 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.
“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.” — John Burdick
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.
In New York’s musically hopping Mid-Hudson Valley, they are only the band around that is welcomed and honored at all the major national-circuit rooms: the indie/experimental haven of BSP in Kingston, the jazz and blues gem that is the Falcon in Marlboro, the classic rock mecca of the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. The Big Takeover packs them all. On the road, the band has played over 500 shows, sharing stages with The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, Eek-a-Mouse, the Slackers and more.
The band was selected to participate in a Converse Rubber Tracks Session in Brooklyn NY and toured around the US on their 4th studio record “Silly Girl”, in August of 2017. In October 2017, “Silly Girl” was listed on Relix/Jambands.com charts at #13. They are currently working on an upcoming EP in their Beacon NY studio.
Founded in July 2014 Band Members Jes Sheldon (Vox), Mike Vincitore (Guitar), P.J. Will (Guitar), Elliot Jarvis (Bass), Jack Jarvis (Drums) knit a musical blanket of soul, funk, rock, jazzy blues and roots, they come from all angles! Addictive music with sincerity! Winners of the 2016 Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist - Syracuse Area Music Awards and recent performances on "Soundcheck Live" and the NY State Blues Festival main stage. On the verge of releasing their sophomore album, "Talking Man's Blues" they just keep gaining momentum and fans. "The music and energy created on a nightly bases by these “keepers” have a bold sense of 60’s and 70’s female powerhouse vocals accompanied with smooth folk-rock rhythms." Jim Houle, NYS Music. "The five members of the Lightkeepers share years of combined music experience. Together, their collective talents create an original rock experience... And while their repertoire is predominantly original, they also offer their own readings on covered material... They create a unique sound derived of retro influences all mixed together in some sort of new-fangled funky blender." Chuck Schiele, Table Hopping."Forged from five long-time local music luminaries, all paying their dues gig after gig in other groups, the 'Keepers understand the importance in pushing the sometimes-stagnant CNY music scene along, and brush a broad swath honest originality and flair into the landscape." Matthew White, The Evening Sun.