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The Upstairs Neighbours return after hiatus with new lineup

The Upstairs Neighbours return after hiatus with new lineup

Lauren Smith

April 26, 2015

[metaslider id=46546] Photos by Trevor Ryan After the death of band member and principal songwriter Aaron Drange, local Chico band The Upstairs Neighbours have returned from hiatus with a new lineup of members and a determination to keep the band going. The small jazz ensemble consists of Harrison ...

Chico State Crossroads: Student musicians discover new direction from education

Chico State senior recording arts major Alex Montes de Oca started playing the upright bass about three years ago, though he started on a five-string electric in high school. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Trevor Whitney

November 16, 2014

Carlos Rivera and Alex Montes de Oca are arguably the best guitarist and bassist, respectively, at Chico State. The senior students are currently bandmates in the university ensemble Jazz X-Press, and will be performing in the music and theater department's annual Glorious Sounds of the Season holid...

The Upstairs Neighbours bring the funk

Each member of The Upstairs Neighbours really feeling their instrument.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Veronica Hodur

January 28, 2014

In a calm, welcoming environment, a jazzy beat sounds through the Saturday morning air as mothers and their babies bounce in time to the music of The Upstairs Neighbours while enjoying freshly baked muffins.The Upstairs Neighbours, a local band made of Chico State students, play jazz-influenced pop at locat...

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Alex Montes de Oca