Since their arrival, The Big Takeover, a reggae/ska/roots band, has hit the ground running and never glanced back. September 2008 marked the release of their debut album, "Following Too Close," (Big Takeover Productions). Furthering their upward trajectory, the sextet also opened for Bob Marley's former backup band, The Wailers, at the Chance in Poughkeepsie and Jefferson Starship at The Egg, in Albany. Formed in December 2007, The Big Takeover draws enthusiastic audiences with their lively shows and memorable performances. The band's sets include the perfect fusion of familiar reggae favorites and their own hypnotic, danceable rhythms. Helmed by lead singer Neenee Rushie, who originally hails from Jamaica , the band consists of bassist Rob Kissner, drummer Sam Tritto, guitarist Jose Lopez, pianist Lora Cohan, trombonist Andy Vogt, and saxophonist Chas Montrose. "This is not a bunch of lazy hippie jammers moonlighting as yet another Bob Marley cover band: The Big Takeover leans much harder toward reggae’s more up-tempo parents, ska and rocksteady."