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The Big Takeover / The Anderson Council co-bill in Woodbridge


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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.

Established in 1999, THE ANDERSON COUNCIL is the brainchild of singer and songwriter Peter Horvath, whose love affair with late 60’s pop informs and inspires both the band’s sound and direction. The quartet of Horvath, guitarist Dave Whitehead, drummer Chris Ryan and bassist Christopher Rousseau enthralls listeners with irresistible hooks and captivates them with intelligent layers of sound.
In 2016, fresh from signing with Marty Scott’s JEM Records, the band re entered The House of Vibes to cut some tracks. Scott’s intention was to introduce the rest of the world to the sounds of The Anderson Council without having to purchase their catalog. Thus the idea behind Assorted Colours, an aural history of The Anderson Council was born. Under the stewardship of Reil, the band began a massive re-mastering of tracks from the first three albums. With the intention of including three tracks from each previously release along with 4 newly recorded “jems”. Assorted Colours combines the old with the new sounds in a seamless presentation. The remastering adds punch to previously released songs like “We’re Like The Sun” and “Hole in the Sky” while the new tracks “Girl on The Northern Line”, “I Never Feel”, “Magical” and “Fire Island” simply sparkle.
A new Cd is in the works for 2018 release

The 2018 Summer Shows
Wednesdays 2018 - Parker Press Park 7:30 PM
June 27: Susan Werner (Trina Hamlin opens)
July11 : Charley Crockett (The Rooks duo show opens)
July 18: The Cordovas (Keith Kenny opens)
July 25: Anderson Council - The Big Takeover (co-bill)
Aug 1: The Mulligan Brothers - Ryanhood (co-bill)
Aug 8: M Shanghai and Incendio (co-bill)
Aug 15: Zac Harmon (Ida Mae opens)
Aug 22: Banda Magda (Jean Rohe opens)
Aug 29: Kenny White - Willie Nile co-bill
Sept 5: Denise Reis Trio / Karikatura co-bill

Country Sundays 2018 - Parker Press Park 6:00 PM
June 24: Front Country (Emily Duff opens)
July 1: Michaela Anne (Brian Dunne trio opens)
July 8: Amy Helm
July 15: Radney Foster (Tom Baz opens)
July 22: Cash is King
July 29: Swearingen & Kelli and Maybe April (co-bill)
Aug 5: Christian Lopez
Aug 12: The "THE BAND" Band (Brian Clayton Trio opens)
Aug 19: ZBTB (Zac Brown Tribute)
Aug 26: Barrere & Tackett of Little Feat

Jazz Fridays 2018 - Avenel (Eric LeGrande Park) 7:30 PM
July 13: Danny Mixon Quartet
Aug 10: Mike Stern
Sept 14: Charley Hunter

2018 Tuesday Tribute Series - Woodbridge H.S. Field 7:30 PM
June 26: Refugee (Tom Petty tribute)
July 10: The Guthrie Brothers - Simon & Garfunkel Tribute
July 17: The Best of the Eagles
July 24: Starman - David Bowie Tribute
July 31L The Weeklings - Beatles Tribute
Aug 7: Broken Arrow - Neil Young Tribute
Aug 14: Riders on the Storm - The Doors Tribute
Aug 21: The British Invasion Years
Aug 28: The B-Street Band - Springsteen Tribute