We are pleased to make our first appearance at Madison's own Jazz at 5 concert series!

The Big Payback @ Jazz at 5
Wednesday, August 27 5:00-6:30 pm
100 Block of State Street
Madison, WI
Free event

We are gearing up for this unique performance by learning some new material and honing our jazzier side. Expect to hear repertoire ranging from standards to Latin jazz, fusion, and funk. To make the evening extra special, local Latin music star José Madera will be joining us on percussion! 

Jazz at Five is a downtown Madison tradition since 1994. Each year the series consistently provides exceptional free jazz concerts in a stunning locale—the 100 block of State Street, where State Street meets the Capitol Square. When the sun is shining and the music is flowing, there is no better place to be than at Jazz at Five.

We hope to see you there!

Event page
Jazz at 5 website


Payback in the park! Join us for a FREE outdoor concert in Fitchburg.

Monday, June 16
Music starts at 7pm, food carts open at 6
McKee Farms Park
2930 Chapel Valley Rd
Fitchburg, WI


We're excited to tell you about a couple upcoming performances. Next Thursday, we'll be playing at the Frequency with our good friends Devil's Fen. This venue is extra special for us because it was the site of our very first gig as The Big Payback in 2009! 

The Big Payback w/ Devil's Fen, Dane & I
Thursday, May 22 9:00 PM
Ages 18+, link to ticket info
The Frequency
121 W Main st
Madison, WI 

We will be playing at Bratfest here in Madison the very next day! 

Capital Wealth Management Cafe Stage
Friday, May 23 7:30 PM
FREE show

We look forward to seeing you at one of these shows!



It was great to see our Chicago people at the Elbo Room last Friday! Thanks for being there and making it such a cool show. The Elbo Room's sound crew did a fantastic job and even happily accommodated our tardiness. Erm, sorry. I-90 was a madhouse! 

We're pleased to announce that we have several entries that have made it to the final round of voting in the Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs)! We're represented in these categories:

Best jazz performer
Best jazz song ("Romeo Knows")
Best drummer (Joey B. Banks)
Best woodwinds (David Buss and Pete Ross)
Best brass (Jamie Kember)

Thanks for voting us this far into the awards. If you've already voted in the first round, your $5 registration fee is waived and you can vote in this round at no cost.

Stay hip,



We're very excited to be playing some fun venues in the next couple weeks. This Saturday, April 5 we'll be playing a FREE show at Callahan's Sports Pub in Madison. We will hit the stage as soon as the UW Badger basketball game ends, and hopefully we will be able to celebrate a victory with you! Again, this is a free local show, so come watch the game and party with us! 

The Big Payback @ Callahan's Sports Pub
Saturday, April 5
UW Badger game starts at 7:49, we will play when it's over

1902 Bartillon Dr 
Madison, WI 53704 (map)

We will also be playing in Chicago at the Elbo Room next Friday. This should be a fun show with The Clowder, Pres Maxson, and FULL SERVICE.

The Big Payback @ Elbo  Room
Friday, April 11 8pm
21+, tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of show
2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL (map)

We hope to see you at one of these shows!



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