The Orion

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 his silky white guitar, sending the night off into a whirlwind of guitar riffs.  “Are you ready...

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

Photo provided by Andrea Zucker

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 bellow of Musselwhite’s harmonica to the last strum of Bishop’s guitar, the crowd could...

Winner of music competition showcased at Madison Bear Garden

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

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 an event held every semester for three consecutive Thursdays. The previous two Thursdays were competition...

John Hiatt, Taj Mahal Trio rock Laxson Auditorium

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

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 his bronze resonator acoustic guitar, tested it for a split second and then seamlessly went into...

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 from the side of the stage at Laxson Auditorium on Tuesday came Buddy Guy, wearing his elaborate polka-dot shi...

True Blues shows Chico the real deal

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

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 musicians of True Blues took the stage on Thursday night at Laxson Auditorium.Corey Harris opened the show by introducing Guy Davis as the first act of th...

Chico Performances gives Laxson Auditorium the blues

Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

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 film "True Blues" and represented by Folklore International, will chronicle the history and culture of the blues from West Africa to the United Sta...

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