Follow women’s musical journey through the decades from Stevie Nicks to Adele, Chaka Khan to Grace Potter, and everything in between. The event will be hosted by sensational 8-piece ensemble band, The Big Payback, with performances by an all-female ensemble in a revue-style format comprised of artists and members of local bands. This event is an opportunity to come together as a community and show support not only for our local female musicians, honor those who have made an impact in the music industry, but also to shine a spotlight on women’s rights. Come raise your voices with us and sing along to some of your favorite songs of the last six decades written and performed by women.
FEATURING The Big Payback and:
Teresa Marie Hardy – singing Lauryn Hill
Mackenzie Moore – singing Sheryl Crow
Hannah Larson – singing Stevie Nicks
Lo Marie – singing Grace Potter
Molly Fish – singing Alanis Morissette
Rosalind Greiert – singing Dolores O’ Riordan
Summer Wuestenberg – singing Blondie
Kari Arnett – singing Brandi Carlile
Raquel Aleman – singing Chaka Khan
Sydney Prall – singing Joni Mitchell
Hosted By – Cooper Talbot – Host of Her Infinite Variety on WORT FM
Celebrating 12 years this season, The Big Payback is an award-winning jazz-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.www.bigpaybackmusic.com and like them on Facebook!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 at Madison venues such as the Majestic Theatre, Overture Hall, and High Noon Saloon. 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. Stay informed by signing up for The Big Payback mailing list at
Based on the latest local guidelines, attendees are no longer required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test AND/OR vaccination for entry into this event. Other shows on our calendar may still have specific health and safety requirements based on artist request. Be sure to check our venue website for the latest updates and guidelines as entry requirements are subject to change.