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Chico Unplugged Winners’ Showcase blew the roof off Madison Bear Garden

5 Mile Myth Lead guitarist ends their third song of the night with soulful tunes. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Alex Coba

February 23, 2019

Madison Bear Garden was filled with an adoring crowd and acoustic music as Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA) hosted “Chico Unplugged,” an acoustic competition that spans over the course of three nights at Madison Bear Garden. Musicians perform acoustic renditions of songs they've wr...

Blackbird and MR. Bang host open mic night with a diverse array of performers

Pickles and Yogurt, a local band consisting of members (from left to right) Jim Reid, Dexter Pullybank and Mark Pullybank. Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Mitchell Kret

February 8, 2019

Josh “MR. Bang” Lang hosted an artistic open mic night at Blackbird on Park Ave on Feb. 6 where a wide variety of people around Chico showed up to perform original and cover music, as well as some spoken word. Blackbird has been hosting these events for about a year now with Wednesday night marking...

Local singer-songwriters dazzle at 1078 gallery

Jack Knight, Ave Grave, Russell Rabut and David Friendlander perform passionately at 1078 Gallery on Friday. Photo credit: John Domogma

Jake Hutchison

September 21, 2014

Though local artist Ave Grave opened the show Friday at 1078 Gallery while donning a skeleton costume, he ultimately drew the attention of the audience with his smooth, powerful vocals and comedic charm. From discussing new friends to his love for TV show Twin Peaks, Ave Grave kept the attention of the aud...

Study Break: Hello Biplane ‘Line’ Album Review

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo featuring Braden Young and Spencer Goertz-Giffen, perform at their midwest release show. Photo Credit: Pete Romano.

Michael Quiring

April 25, 2014

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo made up of artists Spencer Goertz-Giffen and Braden Young, recently released their seventh album titled "Line."The band was formed in Lawrence, Kan., but is now part of the local music scene here in Chico. "Line" is a relatively short listen and plays all the way through ...

‘Lucky’ singer-songwriter to serenade Chico

Chico Performances presents Jason Mraz. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

David Kahn

March 23, 2014

Chico Performances presents a rare acoustic evening with Jason Mraz and special guest Raining Jane at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Laxson Auditorium.Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz is touring for a limited time with indie-folk-rock group Raining Jane. Mraz got his start playing in coffee houses before the...

Acoustic guitarists astonish at 1078 Gallery

Peter Janson warms up the crowd to their next song by explaining that the only person he could ever play well with is Larry Pattis, musically and in real life.Photo credit: Annie Paige

Ashiah Scharaga

January 17, 2014

Peter Janson pulled out his iPhone and took snapshots of the audience before he strummed a note on his acoustic guitar. He waved to an audience of about 35 and it exuberantly waved back. Larry Pattis, sitting to the right of Janson, smiled, leaned into his microphone and said, "A thought just c...

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