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Chico artists successfully revamp Madonna smash hits

Ending the first act with a bang Photo credit: Mathew Boe

Rayanne Painter

January 30, 2019

The sass of Madonna and the raw talent of Uncle Dad’s Art Collective joined forces for a fiery opening night. Filled with all of Madonna’s classic hits from “Material Girl” to “Like a Prayer,” musicians, vocalists and dancers collaborated beautifully to commemorate co...

Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert shows Chico State pride

Students preform in the Laxson Auditorium on Saturday. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Alex Coba

October 8, 2018

What could be better than fine instrumental music and Chico pride? Absolutely nothing. Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre held the Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert, which featured the Chico State Wind Ensemble opening the first half of the show and the Alumni band closing out the show. The...

Chico Unplugged rocks Madison Bear Garden with local talent

Paraic King plays a song he wrote at Chico Unplugged on Thursday. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Grant Schmieding

September 22, 2018

The crowd, tightly packed, mostly stands—mingling as shoulders brush and bump. The stage is small, pushed into a corner, surrounded by bright, colorful lights. Beams of purple, blue and red dance across the venue, forming pools around moving shadows. School of the Arts (SOTA) employees in black...

Why you should attend a music festival this summer

Photo credit: Grant Garnsey

Nicte Hernandez

May 7, 2018

Music festivals bring hundreds of people together around music, art or popular food. There are a few things about festivals that keeps bringing people back though: the artists, the vibe and the people. Surrounded by other people that love and relate to the same music, all crowding around a stage to se...

CAMMIES spotlight, award Chico musical artists

Hot Potato, a folk group, performed original songs and covers of old standards at the show. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

April 25, 2018

The 2018 CAMMIES Awards were put on at the Hop Yard at Sierra Nevada Brewery, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. It was sponsored by Chico News & Review and the Chico Rape Prevention and Intervention Center. The awards show is a spotlight for local musical artists every spring, with awards in di...

Top 5 hits out now

Top 5 hits out now

Jessica Carvajal Castillo

September 28, 2017

Songs to add to your playlist: "Slow Hands" - This song just reached number one in the U.S. Niall really changed up the tone that we are used to from One Direction by going solo. A lot of One Direction's song were of a faster pace and this is more laid back. In the first line of the song we get th...

Wildcats take on ‘Day N Night’ music festival

Huge crowd at postmates stage during last night of 'Day N Night' music festival. 
Courtesy of Day N Night's Facebook page

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

September 14, 2017

The ‘Day N Night Festival’ attracted Chico State students, despite the nonstop driving all day and night. Over 50 artists gathered in Anaheim, California for the three-day-long event Sept. 8 through 10. Headliners included Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar, along with other chart-t...

Chico World Music Festival returns to campus

Booths and food stands outside the new Arts and Humanities building.

Natalie Hanson

September 11, 2017

The 24th annual Chico World Music Festival took place on campus, Saturday. Every year, the festival brings together a variety of musical acts to showcase sounds and styles from all over the world to the Chico community. The event also celebrates multicultural food and art.   International voices and in...

Playlist of the Week – Seven Chico performers to watch

Playlist of the Week - Seven Chico performers to watch

Julia Maldonado

August 29, 2017

Here are seven performers that are from, have performed or went to school here in Chico. MAWD – Summer in a Dream – MAWD EP KLEZ – Loaded Gun – Here Right Now Scout – Serious – Single Citysick – Joyride – Get Better So Much Light – Full Body Mirror – Oh, Yuck Hobo ...

‘New Beat Fund’ brings So Cal Guac Rock to the music world

Jeff Laliberte gazes into the crowd in between songs. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Anna Porretta

November 16, 2016

When New Beat Fund Front Jeff Liliberte took the stage at The Senator Theater, you could tell that he'd stood where Kurt Cobain once stood in a booth at the legendary Sound City. It was like the ghost of the Nirvana front man inhabited his body as he danced on stage in an oversized cardigan similar to...

Alicia Keys’ ‘HERE’ discusses race, music, gender, politics and more

Alicia Keys'

Rylee Pedotti

November 14, 2016

Alicia Keys has long been revered for her vocal prowess and soulful awareness. In a time where artists are using candid self-reflection to deliver honest and forthcoming projects, Alicia Keys delivers with her most recent release. In a statement to fans posted to her website, Keys confesses that HERE aligns with this trend of transparency, "On this al...

Student DJ makes a beat

DJ Hound Beats playing music at a party.

Elias Denny

October 4, 2016

This video interview was conducted with local artist, producer and DJ Hound Beats, also known as Trevor Tappe. He is a junior music major at Chico State. Tappe hopes to be accepted into the option of recording arts within the music major. He started producing music around the seventh grade and picked...

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