The Big Payback: 10 Year Anniversary Show

Friday, 4 October 2019 - 8:30pm

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

513 Ship St.

St. Joseph, MI 49085



Join us as we transform The GhostLight Theatre into a rockin' Night Club! St. Joseph’s own Leah Tirado brings her 9 piece band from Madison, Wisconsin to The GhostLight Theatre in Benton Harbor to celebrate the band’s 10 year anniversary.  The Big Payback is the spectacular band from the SMSO productions of R-E-S-P-E-C-T and they are bringing their award winning original music to The GhostLight Theatre in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Showcasing their style of jazz, funk, soul, and rock, The Big Payback often is compared to great bands like Chicago, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.  This amazing show will be on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  A cash bar will be available.  This is a party you won’t want to miss!


Celebrating 10 years this season, The Big Payback is an award-winning jazz-rock band featuring the soulful vocals of Leah 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, The Big 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 Big 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. 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 Jazz at 5.  The band’s pool of talented musicians can also be heard performing with Harmonious Wail, Driveway Thriftdwellers, Grupo Candela, Immigré and Vic Ferrari’s Symphony on the Rocks. In addition, The Big Payback proudly teaches, giving performances and masterclasses at schools and universities throughout the Midwest.



Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the SMSO office (269-982-4030).


The Big Payback: 10 Year Anniversary Show

WHAT:The Big Payback: 10 Year Anniversary Show
WHEN: October 4, 2019, doors open 7:30 pm, performance 8:30 pm

WHO: The Big Payback

WHERE: The GhostLight Theatre

TICKETS: $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door

Leah Tirado
The Big Payback

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