The Big Takeover to play
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
in Greenfield, MA March 16

GREENFIELD, MA: New Paltz-based sextet the Big Takeover will bring their unique blend of Jamaican ska and eminently danceable soul music to Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA on Friday March 16th, 2018. Led by powerhouse Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, they'll be joined by Western MA-based Afrofunk outfit Shokazoba, who will open. Doors open at 8 and the show begins at 9. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door, and can be purchased at this link.

About the Big Takeover
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. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live-wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of the Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, 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 recently selected to participate in a Converse Rubber Tracks Session in Brooklyn NY, and released their fourth full-length record, Silly Girl, at the beginning of 2017- to critical acclaim. Find them on Facebook and listen to them on Spotify.

About Shokazoba
Shokazoba began in 2005 in as a Fela Kuti tribute project. They now produce original work aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Shokazoba performs top quality high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire your mind, and activate your soul. Voted "Best of the Valley" five times, nominated as "Artists of the Year" by the New England Music Awards, and recognized with several honorable distinctions by the African Jazz Review. Shokazoba's live recordings have been downloaded well over 1,000,000 times from Check them out on Facebook and stream their music on Bandcamp.

About the venue
Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center is located in the heart of downtown Greenfield, MA at 289 Main Street and is the home of the Arts Block Ballroom, the subterranean speakeasy venue the Wheelhouse, the rustic 4th floor hall and theater the Perch, and the Pushkin Gallery at 4 Federal Street. Its mission is to bring art to life with musical and theatrical events every week.


The Big Takeover
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
Greenfield, MA
Friday, March 16th, 2018
$10 adv/$13 DOS | 16+ | doors 8/show 9
Ticket link
| Facebook Event


Kelly Drew