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Cammies: Country/Folk Showcase

Cammies: Country/Folk Showcase

Erin Vierra

April 14, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Thursday night was the start of the 2015 Cammies, the Chico Area Music Awards, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Four genres of music were showcased, fitting anyone's favorite's list. The place to hear some good old-fashioned country music was at LaSalles, where it hosted the folk and country...

Cammies: Jazz Showcase

Cammies: Jazz Showcase

Trevor Whitney

April 12, 2015


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This year's CAMMIES jazz showcase pits the old school, savage swinging of Chico Jazz Collective against Bogg's current, filthy groove. Thursday's event at 1078 Gallery marked the beginning of the Chico News & Review music festival's 10th anniversary. Also performing were Holly Taylor and The Miami Rogue Roosters, but Taylor was backed by Bogg and although the Roost...

Study Break: ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ review

Study Break: ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ review

Erin Vierra

April 10, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

There is a desire that resides in all of us to live life the way it is pictured in the movies. The desire to escape our mundane lives for something else — something extraordinary. "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" follows an extraordinary and yet dangerous adventure that brings a fish-out-of-water like Kumik...

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Tom Sundgren

April 9, 2015


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Purple and blue lights dimly hit the performance stage. A faint keyboard chord lays in for a few seconds. And then all of a sudden, a huge "BOOM" sound drives from the drums to kick off the first song.Out from the side of the stage at Laxson Auditorium on Tuesday came Buddy Guy, wearing his elaborate polka-dot shi...

Narrow Minded: The Colonel’s Men ‘Friends of Mine’ album review

Narrow Minded: The Colonel’s Men ‘Friends of Mine’ album review

Trevor Whitney

April 8, 2015


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The Colonel's Men sounds like the type of band that would prompt you to say "You've probably never heard of them" when asked what music is playing at the painfully hip coffee shop you go to for tea. The Davis band's debut, "Friends of Mine," is of course vocally driven, but it's able to maintain its indie-folky vibe over instrumentals th...

Tim Snider’s amazing musicianship strikes at 1078 Gallery

Tim Snider’s amazing musicianship strikes at 1078 Gallery

Tom Sundgren

April 4, 2015


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An acoustic electric guitar echoes the room subtly. The sound gives off bright, high-pitched chords with upbeat rhythms accompanied by a soothing singing voice that lures in the audience for Kyle Williams' music.Williams, a local, was one of the artists that accompanied Portland, Oregon's Tim Snider on his ...

An experience to rival Pink Floyd

An experience to rival Pink Floyd

Greta Gordon

April 3, 2015


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Laxson Auditorium was packed last night for the Pink Floyd Experience show. It was the bands last stop on their North American tour and the audience mostly consisted of middle age men and women rocking their authentic Pink Floyd tour t-shirts from the 70’s. After a short introductio...

Million Dollar Quartet is a jam session to remember

Million Dollar Quartet is a jam session to remember

Erin Vierra

March 31, 2015


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Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall during an impromptu jam session featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley?That is exactly what happened during the Chico performance of Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony Award wining Broadway musical which was brought to life on the...

Lack of audience enthusiasm doesn’t dampen Chicoachella

Lack of audience enthusiasm doesn’t dampen Chicoachella

Greta Gordon

March 30, 2015


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On Saturday, Chico had its very own mini-music festival inspired by Coachella, aptly named Chicoachella. Hosted at the Delta Psi Delta fraternity house, the show began at noon and finished at about 8:30 p.m. At the beginning of Chicoachella, the audience mostly consisted of the fraternity members and their friends. But after the slow beginning, peo...

‘Downtown Rocks’ delivers solid music despite poor promotion

‘Downtown Rocks’ delivers solid music despite poor promotion

Amanda Rhine

March 29, 2015


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There’s something to be said for blindly attending an obscure music event at a bar with a checkered reputation. Even though LaSalles’ name is stained with a shooting that occurred in 2011 — and maybe the horrendous restrooms and sticky bar tops, also — it hasn’t kept th...

Brilliant acting fuels classic play about explosive relationship

Brilliant acting fuels classic play about explosive relationship

Lauren Smith

March 29, 2015


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Not enough drama in life? Never fear, as Matt Hammons directs a Blue Room Theatre production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that will have you in tears, from both laughter and heartbreak. Set in the 1960s, Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” chroni...

Study Break: ‘The Gunman’ review

Study Break: ‘The Gunman’ review

Erin Vierra

March 24, 2015


Filed under Reviews

When it comes to action movies, expect a lot of cliches. The new Sean Penn movie, "The Gunman," is no exception. At first glance, the movie comes off as worth watching. Penn seems like a good fit as an aging professional killer who seeks to find redemption for his past. But the film's executio...

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