A couple trailers to whet your appetite for Mardi Gras. See you on February 6!

The Big Payback | Mardi Gras 2016

We're bringing Bourbon Street to Bellevue! Join us for a Mardi Gras Party with The Big Payback of Madison, WI on Saturday February 6 at 8 P.M. **SHARE THIS POST and be entered into a drawing to WIN A FREE APPETIZER OR DESSERT on February 6.

Posted by Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter's Mill on Tuesday, January 19, 2016


What's Your Power Anthem | The Big Payback

Our Mardi Gras headliner, The Big Payback, shared with us their power anthems. What music get you pumped up? Hopefully an evening of funk on Saturday February 6 at 8 PM with The Big Payback. **SHARE THIS POST by Thursday Jan. 28 and be entered into a drawing to WIN A FREE APPETIZER OR DESSERT on February 6.

Posted by Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter's Mill on Monday, January 25, 2016



The Big Payback will be playing a Mardi Gras celebration at the Flatted Fifth Blues and BBQ in Bellevue, Iowa!

Mardi Gras Party w/ The Big Payback
Saturday, February 6
8:00 pm
Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter's Mill
300 Potter Drive, Bellevue, IA

It will be our first time playing at this place. We've heard great things about it!


Happy first snowfall of the year, fellow Midwesterners! We can't complain, it's been a wonderful autumn.

Here in Wisconsin, the festivals keep going all year round. They just move inside during the winter. We're pleased to announce our first gig of 2016:

Isthmus Wicsonsin Funk Fest
w/ Steez, The Big Payback, Megan Bobo & the Lux, and DJ Phil Money
Saturday, January 9
Majestic Theatre
Doors open at 8 pm

Tickets available at maesticmadison.com


Hey all,

Here's a quick update for ya. It's been over a week, and we're just now coming down from our buzz from the amazing Clyde Stubblefield gig at the Overture Center. It was truly an honor to share the stage with such legends. We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate Clyde and his music.

Our next gig is coming up soon! Here's a sneak peek:

The Big Payback @ Wisconsin Sate Music Conference
Wednesday, October 28 7:00 pm
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI

The 2015 Wisconsin State Music Conference will kick off with a special performance by The Big Payback. This FREE concert features a dance floor and cash bar. Open to the public - so bring your friends!


Put on yer beer-drinking shoes. The Big Payback is coming to Oktoberfest!

Check out this article in the La Crosse Tribune's Sunday edition:

La Crosse native's band to perform Saturday

September 27, 2015 12:00 am

La Crosse native Jamie Kember will return home with his band to perform at Oktoberfest.

The award-winning Madison band, The Big Payback, will play from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the South Side festgrounds.

After graduating from La Crosse Central High School in 2001, Kember earned a degree in trombone performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a master’s degree in trombone performance and an instrumental teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kember, son of 2011 Oktoberfest festmaster and frau Jerry and Nan Kember, founded The Big Payback in 2009, and his band won Isthmus’ Band to Band Combat in 2011. That same year, the group released Overture, its debut album, which won three Madison Area Music Awards in 2012. One of these went to Kember for composing the title track, “Overture,” which won Jazz Song of the Year.

“I’m really excited to bring my band back home to La Crosse,” said Kember, the band’s trombone player and front man, said. “This show means a lot to me. For five years, this band has been my big payback — the place where I could write new music with my friends and share my passion for music with students and audiences all over Wisconsin. I can’t wait to show off this band full of talented musicians in front of my hometown. Plus, it’s Oktoberfest! I can’t imagine a better audience.”

A nine-piece horn band that specializes in funk, R&B, and jazz, Kember said the Big Payback is known for ambitious original tunes that challenge even the most talented instrumentalists.

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Reminiscent of Jon Batiste and Stay Human of the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the sound appeals to audience members across generations, Kember said. Live performances feature a mix of original tunes and new arrangements of popular songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix.

Throughout his middle and high school years, Jamie played in a band called The First Time Around that performed frequently around the La Crosse area.


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