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Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // March 12, 2020

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band serenaded audiences Thursday night as they reminisced in the dimly lit Sierra Nevada Big Room. Without a word, Vaughan thumped his hand against the body of...

Photo provided by Andrea Zucker

Legends Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop show Chico where blues really began

Melissa Joseph // October 13, 2019

Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop strolled onto Laxson Auditorium’s stage Sunday night to revisit their influence on the blues and share their musical genius with the town of Chico.From the first...

Passionate artists put their souls on the table with  every performance. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Winner of music competition showcased at Madison Bear Garden

Alex Coba // October 7, 2018

It was live music galore at Madison Bear Garden Thursday, as the popular Chico hotspot hosted the School of Arts Productions (SOTA): Chico Unplugged in the final Winners Showcase. Chico Unplugged is...

John Hiatt and his bandmates rock the stage on Friday, Sept. 11. Photo credit: Sara-Elizabeth Whitchurch

John Hiatt, Taj Mahal Trio rock Laxson Auditorium

Tom Sundgren // September 15, 2015

The lights dimmed and out walked the 73-year-old Taj Mahal with his two bandmates right behind him. The audience cheered for the blues legend as he gave a warm and friendly wave to all. Mahal sat and grabbed...

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Tom Sundgren // April 9, 2015

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...

Guy Davis, one of the three blues performers of the night, belts out a soulful song to start off the night filled with foot-tapping and audience-participate howling. Photo credit: Annie Paige

True Blues shows Chico the real deal

Sarah Scharf // February 14, 2014

With the multitude of electronically produced music blasting from every radio station these days, it's quite a breath of fresh air to experience raw, simplified music that's anything but simple. The talented...

Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

Chico Performances gives Laxson Auditorium the blues

Ashiah Scharaga // February 6, 2014

Chico Performances will soon have audience members singing the blues. True Blues: History of the Blues comes to Laxson Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The performance, based on the...

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