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Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled over the makeshift stage as Grey Loom opened the night with chilling vocals and deep bass. E...

Carlos Mencia screams out for a dynamic comedy night

Carlos Mencia performing a stand-up act

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

From important messages on immigration to saving the world through oral copulation, Carlos Mencia and others had Chico enraptured Saturday night at the El Rey Theatre. Three comedians took the stage before Mencia, setting a risque and vibrant tone for the night.  The comedian preceding Me...

“We Shall Overcome” evokes the spirit of African American leaders

Damien Sneed performing with a choir

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

Chico Performances hosted the musical production “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Laxson Auditorium on Saturday night. The production encompassed a range of genres from gospel to jazz with spoken word from King’s famous speeches. The band featured...

Maltese bar champions one of Chico’s most diverse drag shows

A performer dances on an audience member at a drag show

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Drag kings and queens from all over northern California gathered at the Maltese Bar, Saturday night for the venues monthly Drag Show. The show began at 10:30 p.m., but most of the crowd and a few of the performers were there much earlier to chat and drink on the bar’s back patio. Performers of a...

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Silent disco at the El Rey Theatre

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

The El Rey Theater held a silent disco event this past Thursday night. With different music genres available, the night was a fun experience for regular and casual silent disco-goers. There were three music channels to choose from, playing music ranging from EDM, hip-hop to a more random genre chan...

The man behind the mandolin: Chris Thile performs at Chico State

Portrait of Chris Thile

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Grammy award winning singer and famed mandolinist Chris Thile performed at Laxson Auditorium on Feb. 11. The auditorium lobby was crowded with people, most waiting in line at the pop-up bar to grab a drink before the show. There was a buzz of anticipation in the air as many longtime fans of Thil...

X-Pressions Art Gala showcases black creativity

Kobe Bryant painting by Ernie Gomez

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

On Saturday night, Chico State student organization Just Unity Sistas hosted their own take on the famous Met Gala by showcasing work from black artists in Chico. Held at the 1078 Gallery, The X-Pression Art Gala was a night of formal attire, visual art and live performances of poetry and music.&nb...

Drinks, dancing and demand for abortion access

Members of the Women's Health Specialist

Kirstin Joyce

January 29, 2020

Community members gathered at the Women’s Health Specialists clinic Friday night to commemorate the 47th anniversary of landmark Supreme Court Case, Roe v. Wade.  This is an annual benefit and is open to the public as a celebratory occasion for a woman’s right to choose.  “I think it’s impor...

Afroman lights up Chico

Afroman holds his cup as her performs

Kirstin Joyce

January 28, 2020

Iconic rap artist Afroman was the headliner at Chico’s Tackle Box bar on Saturday. The sold-out show was already packed by 8 p.m., well before openers even took to the stage. The crowd was in good spirits as they waited for the live music to start, passing the time by heading to the dance floor. ...

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...

‘A Very Chico Nutcracker’ delivers on holiday cheer

Angeline Stansbury (Adelaide Sands) and the Nutcracker Prince (Christopher B. Nachtrab) join the Almond Blossoms in dance. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Melissa Joseph

December 9, 2019

This past weekend, small almond blossoms, a magical toy maker and a daunting mouse king graced the stage in Laxson Auditorium. There’s only one ballet this time of year that encapsulates all of the aforementioned, "The Nutcracker."Friends of the Chico Community Ballet, Chico Performances and Chico...

A Tuba to Cuba brings a sax to Laxson

Trombone player Rohnell Johnson performing alongside trumpet player, Branden Lewis Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Melissa Joseph

November 20, 2019

With little to no words spoken, a New Orleans jazz band delivered a stunning set Wednesday night. The band started the night off with songs that created a colorful and lively atmosphere encapsulating Chico State with Cuban culture.Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s studio album “A Tuba to Cuba&#...

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