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2-24-15 

Madison's FIRST Annual Long John Party
w/ The Big Payback
Saturday, February 28
Harmony Bar (2201 Atwood Ave)

9:30pm- 1:30am
S7

Celebrate the nearing end of winter by partying with The Big Payback in your long johns! Union suites, butt flaps, waffle textured cotton, leggings, footies, and off-white colored duds are all encouraged. The uglier, the better!

The annual Long John Party has been a winter celebration in the Jamie Kember household for years, and now it's time to make it a Madison tradition! Go ahead and show up with your normal clothes on over your long johns. We'll be shedding layers and cranking out the tunes as the night goes on! Entertainment includes The Big Payback and a DJ between sets.

 

Look how happy this guy is! This could be you!


Don't be shy, Madison. See you there!

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1-17-15 

Hey all,

We hope your 2015 is shaping up to be a great year! 2014 went out with a bang for us at the New Year's Eve party at the Edgewater. If you were there, you know what kind of a party it was. If you missed it, we're truly sorry.

We've got big plans for the new year. Dates are being negotiated and confirmed as we speak, so stay hip to the shows page on our website. Here's a rundown on the next few gigs:

January 31- "A Taste of Jazz" at Mt. Horeb Middle School, 6:30- 8:30 pm
February 11- Opening for Hood Smoke at the Frequency in Madison, 9- 11 pm
February 13- Headlining show at Hard Rock Café in Chicago, 11:30 pm- 12:30 am

In addition to performances this year, we plan to record our second full-length CD. We've got new material ready to go, and it's just asking to be recorded!

We'll leave you with a cool shot from the New Year's gig. Cheers!

12-10-14 

We've got a New Year's Eve show to announce!

We will be playing at the legendary Edgewater Hotel of Madison. This is a black-tie event that goes from 7 pm until 2 am. You'll enjoy a gourmet dinner, champagne, and live music from Sonny Knight and the Lakers of Minneapolis, and of course Madison's own The Big Payback!



Reserve your New Year's Eve package by calling The Edgewater at 1-800-922-5512, or book online at www.theedgewater.com

This is your last chance to party in 2014, and your first in 2015! Why not do it with some style?

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.
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