New Year's Eve Ball with THE BIG TAKEOVER

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New Year's Eve Ball with THE BIG TAKEOVER

Los Thujones

Sun · December 31, 2017

8:00 pm

$30.00 - $40.00

Off Sale

The Big Takeover
The Big Takeover
Traditionalists or progressives? Fronted by the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie, the seven-piece New York band The Big Takeover plays original music that is rooted in and reverent toward the genres and rhythms of Jamaican pop: reggae, rocksteady, ska. They are devotees of Desmond Dekker and the way the old school did it. At the same time, The Big Takeover crosses lines and blends traditions like global pop fusionists. Their deceptively complex arrangements and big hooks connect with the spirit of Motown and the uptown sophistication of the 21st century retro soul and R&B revival scene.
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/