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The Big Payback Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary! 

The Big Payback will be celebrating their 5-year anniversary with a star-studded reunion show at The Frequency, where they played their very first gig.



Yes, it all started in the summer of 2009. In a basement, just like every good band story.

Before we pulled out our instruments, the core of the band got together to discuss our plans. Everyone had played with at least one other person in the group, but we hadn't all played together. Most of us were jazz and classical musicians who had a craving to play original music and do things our own way. We had all played covers by our favorite horn bands, and now we were ready to find our own collective voice.

A list of common objectives was made. Our live shows would be energetic and fast-paced. The horns would not be background instruments, but would feature prominently in the arrangements. We would focus on original material. The covers we did sprinkle into a set might be by famous artists, but they would be b-sides or rarely heard songs. And every sound heard at a Big Payback show would be performed live onstage. No samples or backing tracks!

The first song that felt like a song was "Lookin' at Me." The music and initial lyrics were brought in by Jamie. We jammed on the ideas, fleshed out the arrangement, and Leah completed the lyrics. "Always" and "Overture" came about in a similar fashion. Seeds of ideas took sprout, and a full set of solid music started coming into focus little by little. 

The name of the band was also Jamie's idea. We like to think of the band as our own "big payback" - a place where we can write original music, connect with the Madison community, and encourage young music students in high schools and colleges all over Wisconsin to continue to follow their passions. And yes, the name is also of course a reference to the great James Brown. 

The first gig was in October 2009 at the Frequency, opening for Stukenberg. We played about an hour of music, but all the adrenaline made it feel like 5 minutes. We were absolutely thrilled! 

And we're thrilled to be returning to the Frequency five years later on October 30! 

THE BIG PAYBACK 5 YEAR PARTY w/ Level Five + Jazz Jam
October 30, 7:30 PM
Ages: 18+

We hope you can come help us celebrate!
TBP

10-14-14 

THE BIG PAYBACK 5 YEAR PARTY w/ Level Five + Jazz Jam
October 30, 7:30 PM
Ages: 18+

The Big Payback Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

The Big Payback will be celebrating their 5-year anniversary with a star-studded reunion show at The Frequency, where they played their very first gig.

"This show means a lot to us," Jamie Kember, the band’s trombone player and front man, said. "For five years, this band has been our big payback -- the place where we could write original music, connect with the Madison community, and encourage young music students in high schools and colleges all over Wisconsin to continue to follow their passions."

Featuring:

Charley Wagner of Youngblood Brass Band fame, who will be traveling all the way from his home in Switzerland to play on trumpet

Tony Barba, who will be fresh off the plane from Youngblood Brass Band’s European tour, on sax

Lead singer Leah Isabel Tirado, from Chicago

Grammy-nominated drummer and 2014 MAMA Drummer / Percussionist of the Year Joey B. Banks

2012 MAMA Bass Player of the Year Jeff Weiss

Former band members, potentially traveling from as far away as New York City

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Open Jazz Jam for the Wisconsin State Music Conference
9:45 p.m. -10:45 p.m. opening band Level Five
11 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. headliners The Big Payback

The cover charge for the public will be $5 to celebrate 5 years. Additional $3 cover charge for those under 21. 18+ show.

8-19-14 

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
 
 

6-2-14 


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
 

5-14-14 

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!

Cheers,
TBP
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