Skalloween with The Big Takeover and The Scofflaws
October 27 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Don’t miss the inaugural “Skalloween” party at The Linda!
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 selected to participate in a Converse Rubber Tracks Session in Brooklyn NY and toured around the US on their 4th studio record “Silly Girl”, in August of 2017. In October 2017, “Silly Girl” was listed on Relix/Jambands.com charts at #13. They are currently working on an upcoming EP in their Beacon NY studio.
The Scofflaws are a Huntington, Long Island, New York-based third wave ska band that debuted in 1988. Known for their rambunctious live shows, technically proficient horn solos and tight arrangements, The Scofflaws were one of the top third wave ska acts of the ’90s and one of the most beloved bands on the now-defunct Moon Ska label, as well as the center and focal point of the once-thriving Long Island ska scene.
The band originally performed as The New Bohemians, initially with a stronger emphasis on novelty ‘60s, R&B and television-show theme cover songs, bolstered by original ska-oriented anthems such as “Rudy’s Back” and “Paul Getty”. They sold the New Bohemians name to Geffen Records, who had just signed Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, in 1988, and regrouped as The Scofflaws.
The Scofflaws early sound was characterized by strong R&B and jazz influences as well as eclectic covers of such songs as Henry Mancini’s “A Shot in the Dark”, Danny Elfman’s theme for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and a scorching live rendition of The Skatalites instrumental “Ska-La Parisian”. Original songs like “Ska-La-Carte”, “Nude Beach” and “William Shatner” became cult favorites due to the offbeat lyrics and quirky vocal stylings of bandleader Richard “Sammy” Brooks and trombonist Buford O’Sullivan.
They toured the United States several times, including stints as the openers for Desmond Dekker and Bad Manners. In addition, they toured Europe in 1998 supporting Laurel Aitken & The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble.
The band’s lineup saw frequent changes and served as a springboard for numerous New York ska musicians, as well as sprouting several spinoff groups. Original co-frontman Mike Drance left in 1994 to form The Bluebeats, while bassist Victor Rice went on to be a founding member of The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and continue a career in music production. Several Scofflaws members including O’Sullivan, Paul Gebhardt, and Tony Calarco also played for fellow Moon Ska artists The Toasters as well as One Groovy Coconut and Royal Roost, and The Scofflaws have often shared members with Huntington disciples Spider Nick & the Maddogs (whose leader, “Spider Nick” Martielli, wrote Scofflaws favorite “Spider on My Bed”).
Although The Scofflaws have not released a studio recording since 1998, Brooks continues to lead the band in live performances within the New York area.