By Maddi Annunziata, Contributing Writer
New York seven-piece band, The Big Takeover, perfectly fuses big band Motown with Jamaican pop roots, making it nearly impossible not to dance along. In their new single “Shy.” they offer an upbeat, retro tune that stays with you, keeping you bopping around all day. This is the first single released from the band’s upcoming fourth album, and it’s filled with powerful horns, a foot-stomping beat, and soulful vocals.
Despite its cheery, optimistic sound, the single has a rather somber story. Powerhouse singer/songwriter, Nee Nee Rushie, tells us about a love triangle, and everyone involved is too shy to communicate with each other and see their own truth. “I was trying to tell a very specific story, because I’ve written many stories that are left up to interpretation,” she elaborates, “feeling shy is an inexplicable and intriguing human behavior that most humans should be able to relate to.” “Shy” has an incredibly rich, boppy, and sweet sound that flows through you in a way that you can’t help but dance across the room. Listen to the single below or check it out through your favorite streaming platform here.
The Big Takeover has been making a name for itself recently, sharing the stage with major acts such as The Wailers, Sister Sparrow, Jefferson Starship, and Pete Seeger. In 2018 they completed a 12-state tour and performed at Omaha’s Jazz on the Green festival.
In addition to writing their new album, which is set to release later this year, The Big Takeover is set to appear at a number of notable music festivals this summer, including Strangecreek in Greenfield, MA this weekend, Mountain Jam, and Musikfest. Check out the dates below to see when they’re playing near you.
The Big Takeover Tour Dates:
May 24 – Strangecreek Festival – Greenfield, MA
May 25 – Cisco Brewers – Portsmouth, NH
May 30 – Lukin’s – Utica, NY
May 31 – Red Square – Burlington, VT
June 1 – Newburyport Brewing Co. – Newburyport, MA
June 2 – Strawberry Jam – Turin, NY
June 7 – Waterhole – Saranac Lake, NY
June 8 – Burlington Discover Jazz – Burlington, VT
June 9 – Earth Sky Time – Bennington, VT
June 14 – Mountain Jam – Bethel, NY
June 15 – Clearwater Festival – Croton On Hudson, NY
June 23 – Unifier Festival – Tolland, MA
June 30 – Cisco Brewers – Nantucket, MA
July 3 – The Promenade at Sagemore – Marlton, NJ
July 5 – First Fee Friday Eve – Shelburne, VT
July 6 – Dockside Park – Cold Spring, NY
Aug. 1 – CFCU Summer Concert Series – Ithaca, NY
Aug. 3 – Reggae Festival – Woodstock, NY
Aug. 8 – Musikfest – Bethlehem, PA
Sept. 7 – Drum Boogie Festival – Woodstock, NY
Sept. 14 – Gloucester, MA @ Gloucester Harvest Fest
Sept. 21 – B-Side Ballroom – Oneonta, NY
Sept 28 – Canjam Festival – Pottstown, PA