The Big Payback

The Big Payback is a hard-hitting nine-piece band from Madison, WI, featuring a smoking four-man horn section and a soulful female vocalist. Exploring everything from funk-laden and world-beat originals to soul and R&B b-sides, The Payback will leave the crowd as exhausted as the musicians themselves. Payback is a party you won’t want to miss. 

Tearing up stages in the Midwest since 2009, the funk juggernaut has been a repeat offender at many Madison venues, including the Brat Fest main stage, The Frequency, the High Noon Saloon, and the Great Dane. In 2011, they were named best live band in The Isthmus’ Band to Band contest. 2011 also saw the release of Overture, the group’s debut album featuring all original music. 

The Big Payback brings together some of Madison’s finest musicians, each offering a wide array of experiences helping to create a unique and infectious sound. These musicians can be heard in ensembles ranging from Youngblood Brass Band to Harmonious Wail to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In addition, The Payback pays back by teaching young musicians in Madison and across the Midwest. 

Between The Big Payback’s collaborative compositional process highlighting the talents of each musician, their raw live sound, and their non-stop high-energy show, The Payback is a new dimension in Madison’s already dynamic music scene.