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Celebrating 14 years this season, The Big Payback is an award-winning jazz-funk-rock band featuring the soulful vocals of Leah Isabel Tirado and a smoking horn section. Mixing “ambitious original tunes that challenge even the most talented instrumentalists” (La Crosse Tribune) with classic covers, the band’s
live show never fails to get the crowd moving. Nominated as one of Madison’s favorite “Dance Bands”by Isthmus readers in 2016, Payback is a party you won’t want to miss.
The Big Payback burst onto the Madison music scene by winning Isthmus’ Band to Band Combat in 2011. That same year, they released their debut album Overture, which won three Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs) and established them as Madison’s “Jazz-Rock Orchestra.” The Payback won
MAMA awards for Best Jazz Performer in 2015 and 2016. Taking their name from the classic James Brown song “The Payback”, the band shared the stage with original J.B.s members Clyde Stubblefield, “Jabo” Starks, Fred Thomas, and Fred Wesley for a 2015 performance at MadCity Sessions. The following year, the group played the prestigious Briggs & Stratton stage at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival. In 2017, The Big Payback, together with Madison’s Majestic Theater, started a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, which continues to this day and has evolved into a celebration of women in music throughout the Midwest. Their infectious sound and high-energy show have made them a tried-and-true favorite.
The band released their third album in November of 2021, “This is The Big Payback: Live at High Noon”. The album captures their 10-year anniversary show, featuring new original music as well as hits from their first two albums. MC Ra Fury makes his debut with the band on this live show recording.
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Since its inception in 2019, Moonglow has sought to bring heart and soul to Milwaukee pop music. Guitarist Isaac Repinski and vocalist/pianist Joe Humiston formed the group as a duo, shortly after recruiting drummer Sterling Dorsey, bassist Brent Gastrau, and their final member, saxophonist Tyler Kraft. The group has released 5 singles, a full length album, and always has new music on the horizon. Moonglow continues to excite audiences across the Milwaukee club circuit and beyond.