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Thundercat brings jazz fusion and high emotions to Chico

Thundercat brings jazz fusion and high emotions to Chico

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

On Wednesday night, Stephen Lee Bruner, better known as Thundercat, took the stage at the Senator Theatre to play a night of electrifying jazz fusion. The bass-playing, Grammy winning, former crossover thrash band member made Chico his first stop in California on his North American Tour in support of his ...

Infamous Stringdusters play bluegrass for non-bluegrass fans

The Infamous Stringdusters performing

Danielle Kessler

January 28, 2020

Grammy award-winning band, The Infamous Stringdusters, put on a genre-bending show on Wednesday at the Senator Theatre. With songs varying from classic bluegrass to a more contemporary sound, the band played an experimental show for the audience. The band performed a full-length show where they exhibited the d...

Featured Artist: deM atlaS

deM atlaS relaxes before the 'Mi Vida Local Tour' show starts at the Senator Theater on Friday. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Ricardo Tovar

March 13, 2019

  Over the past year, Chico's Senator Theater has gathered notable entertainers from the likes of Insane Clown Posse, Poppy, Bhad Bhabie, and All Time Low have all come through Chico. Chico's notable rise in popularity for these big acts is astonishing and shows the appeal the college ...

Atmosphere’s ‘Mi Vida Local Tour’ comes to Chico

Atmosphere's 'Mi Vida Local Tour' comes to Chico

Ricardo Tovar

March 12, 2019

Notable hip-hop names such as Tech N9ne, E-40 and Chief Keef have all stopped by Senator Theatre in downtown Chico over the past school year. This time around, rapper Slug and producer Ant, the duo that makes up Atmosphere and the owners of independent record label Rhymesayers Entertainment, came to...

Photo of the day

Volkswagon Beetle outside Senator Theater in downtown Chico, Sunday.

Carly Maxstone

January 28, 2018

Volkswagon Beetle outside Senator Theater in downtown Chico, Sunday.

Local DJs play stage-side with Baauer at the Senator

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Sean Martens and Nicole Henson

September 26, 2017

Local production companies Blowout Entertainment and Diamond Productions put on Senator Theatre's biggest show yet on Saturday. The line-up included profound names in the electronic music world such as producers Baauer, Vanic and Andrew Luce. The openers were local Chico DJs Ossian and Immullinati. The show was a sweet kic...

Get ready to rage with Cherub

Jason Huber (left) and Jordan Kelly

Matthew Manfredi

November 7, 2016

Since the beginning of September, Cherub, the electronic-pop duo from Nashville, TN, has been on a non-stop national tour in support of their recently released album, “Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence.” On Nov. 9, they are bringing the party to the stage of the Senator Theatre. Literally. “Expect...

Despite fights, IAMSU! steals the show

Despite fights and a short set, IAMSU! rocked the crowd at The Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Tom Sundgren

December 13, 2015

The Senator Theatre was packed shoulder to shoulder on Dec. 5 thanks to IAMSU!. It didn't matter if a huge fight broke out, if people jumped up and moved their arms to the beat or if the performers were crowd-surfing— the audience was consistently energetic.Casey Veggies came out first and the crowd move...

Madeon too relaxed, security not so much

Madeon pumps up the crowd on Saturday, Sept. 19 in an eery green light shroud. Photo credit: Dana Muensterman

Dana Muensterman

September 23, 2015

It is sad to see “rave culture” turn into something that is solely based on drugs or becoming as intoxicated as possible. It should be more about the experience you have with the people in the crowd, along with feeling the music through your body. Most of the time, the people you meet are cool p...

In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

Guitarist Niclas Engelin and bassist Peter Iwers rattle the crowd with intense riffs and crushing tone. Photo credit: Jake Hutchison

Tom Sundgren

March 3, 2015

Shadowy beings emerged from the onstage fog as heavy melodic guitar riffs flourished throughout the Senator Theatre's PA systems on Saturday as progressive metal act, In Flames, ignited the air with their incendiary sound. Devout fans of all ages head banged, moshed, crowd surfed, and sang along thr...

Trap music hits Chico

RL Grime plays the Senator Friday the 31st

William Rein

January 28, 2015

RL Grime, Los Angeles trap producer famous for his “Satisfaction,” “Mercy” and “Love Sosa” remixes and work with Baauer (“Harlem Shake”) and What So Not, is coming to the Senator this Friday to a sold-out show. The 23-year-old Grime, his name an homage to R.L. Stine of the Goosebum...

Electronic dance music duo comes to Chico

Mid jump while performing one of their songs

Katherine Feaster

January 17, 2015

Adventure Club hit the stage Friday night at the Senator Theatre where fans danced the night away. Chico State students who attended the concert spoke nothing but great things about the electronic dance music duo's performance. “The senator was more then 90 percent sold out last night, and it was p...

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