New Year's Eve Ball with THE BIG TAKEOVER

COLONY PRESENTS:

New Year's Eve Ball with THE BIG TAKEOVER

Los Thujones

Sun · December 31, 2017

8:00 pm

$30.00 - $40.00

The Big Takeover
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, 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 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. A national tour to celebrate its release is in the works.
Los Thujones
Los Thujones
Named for the psychoactive chemical compound found in absinthe, the “skagrass” band Los Thujones discovered the seed of their original sound one winter night in a cabin on New York’s Wallkill River in 2010. Rick Schultz introduced his global-minded, politicized dance tunes to brothers Charlie and Theo Schikowitz while they sat by a fire, passing around a vial of wormwood and laughing at the musical possibilities opening before them. Over the next few years, Rick (vocals, ukulele), Charlie (mandolin, violin), and Theo (contrabass) would remain the core of this ongoing experiment in global musical fusion.

Today, Los Thujones float their woody and complex string band interplay atop the irresistible rhythms of ska, reggae, Latin and Caribbean styles, and hints of Afropop and funk, all of it steered by the subtle and commanding groove fluency of Craig Santiago. The articulate trombonist Andrew Vogt (from the rocksteady band The Big Takeover) provides a bawdy contrast to all that wood and string and a foil for primary soloist Charlie Schikowitz. Los Thujones plays global groove music with a difference and with an inherent message of unity and no boundaries.

“I know it sounds cliché,” says Schultz, “but this really is about breaking out of the shackles of modern life. We're using this music as a weapon to fight the forces of confusion in a world gone mad, and doing our damndest to have a good time along the way.” Beginning in the hopping college clubs of their hometown of New Paltz, Los Thujones grew into featured spots at the famed Bearsville Theater in Woodstock; Club Helsinki in Hudson, a bastion of new Americana; the 2015 O+ Fest in Kingston; BSP IN Kingston and the Grand Victory in Brooklyn. They developed a reputation as an inspired, participatory live band—raw and refined, equal parts Americana barnyard and sweaty Jamaican dance floor.

Determined to craft a three-dimensional debut record and not just a document of the live sound, Los Thujones has entered the studio with producer Michael Tudor (Duncan Sheik, Moby, Rufus Wainwright).
Venue Information:
Colony
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
http://www.colonywoodstock.com/