The Big Takeover to play
The Haunt in Ithaca, NY
Friday Nov 17

ITHACA, NY: New Paltz-based sextet the Big Takeover will bring their unique blend of Jamaican ska and eminently danceable soul music to the Haunt in Ithaca, NY on Friday, November 17th, 2017. Led by powerhouse Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, they'll be joined by ska/punk band Viva Mayhem!, 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 TakeoverÕs 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 YorkÕs 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 Viva Mayhem!
Viva Mayhem! promises their sound brings "ska back to Ithaca in a big way!" Influenced by American ska bands such as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime with Rome, and the Specials, this eight-piece band's lineup has changed over the years but their commitment to performing has never wavered. Like the Big Takeover, Viva Mayhem! features the talents of a female lead singer who goes by the name of SensE. Check them out on Facebook and hear their music on Soundcloud.

About the venue
The Haunt is Ithaca's largest nightclub featuring live music. Ithaca NY is a prime location within hours of NYC, Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. The Haunt specializes in all types of music and is booked through Dan Smalls Presents.


The Big Takeover and Viva Mayhem!
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
Friday, Nov 17, 2017
9PM | $10-$13 | Facebook Event
18+ unless accompanied by parent/guardian


Kelly Drew