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Local artists jam with Chico LGBTQ community for pride week

Wizard Apprentice giving an interesting performance, combining music, visuals, and movement.

Blackbird Café held a concert dedicated for Chico’s pride weekend on Saturday.

It was a night of music spanning all genres and featuring local and out-of-town artists, encapsulating an environment of inclusion for people of all kinds.

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Blackbird was selling tons of cute patches, stickers, and pins that promoted the LGBTQ+ community.

The evening began with the experimental Bay Area-based artist Tieraney Carter, better known as Wizard Apprentice. Carter put on an amazing show of original songs paired with interesting visuals and performance art.

Carter said that she sometimes speculates about if her audience will assume the gender of the person they are singing about when she performs in a queer space. However, she later explained that her love for music is really a way to express herself.

“Music is a technology for recording emotions and being able to share them with other people,” Carter said. “It’s one of the things that can do that in precise ways, and one of the things I love about it.”

Iver, a local band, was well received by the Chico crowd. Playing a set of ‘80s synth-meets-punk-meets-“Pretty-in-Pink,” they were a great example of the kind of talent that can be found right within the community.

Iver putting on a New Wave vibe show for Blackbird Cafe.

After Iver’s set, lead singer Mackenzie Zevely-Howlett, drummer Sawyer Goodson and bassist John Simcox talked about what they have in mind when playing an LGBTQ event.

“It’s no different from any other show that we really play, realistically we just want people to be comfortable,” Goodson said.

“Playing pride for me is exciting because it’s a celebration of being queer, but I hope that every show I play. people who are queer feel comfortable being there,” Zevely-Howlett said.

The band explained that much of their love of music stems from the close-knit community found in Chico. They also expressed how they wished more people would recognize Chico for its music and the inclusive environment it has created for so many marginalized youths.

With many events similar to this one at Blackbird, and with a supportive community both native and nonnative to the area, it is clear that Chico will continue to serve as a safe place for people of all identities.

Danielle Kessler can be reached at [email protected] or @reserv0irpups on Twitter.

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Danielle Kessler, A/E Editor
Danielle has been part of the Arts and Entertainment team for three semesters and has really fallen in love with the craft of entertainment-style writing. A Journalism-News major minoring in cinema studies, she’s always had an interest in film. Her favorite movie is “Almost Famous” from which she learned to be “honest and unmerciful” in her writing. She enjoys writing reviews of movies, plays, musicals and drag shows as well as watching movies and tweeting in her spare time.

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