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CAMMIES spotlight, award Chico musical artists

Hot Potato, a folk group, performed original songs and covers of old standards at the show. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

April 25, 2018

The 2018 CAMMIES Awards were put on at the Hop Yard at Sierra Nevada Brewery, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. It was sponsored by Chico News & Review and the Chico Rape Prevention and Intervention Center. The awards show is a spotlight for local musical artists every spring, with awards in di...

Cammies wraps up with awards finale

Sisterhoods, the readers' choice Cammies winner for best indie/experimental, performs at The Maltese Bar and Taproom. Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Erin Vierra

April 21, 2015

Let’s face it, music is a big deal in Chico. The town has captured the love of music like no other. The music scene is so outrageous and infectious that we have our very own music festival to celebrate all Chico has to offer in every music genre. Following a weekend filled with a collection of live music...

Cammies: Punk Showcase

Lips of Renegade jam it out to fans on Saturday at Monstros Pizza during the 2015 Cammies Punk Showcase. Photo credit: Erin Vierra

Erin Vierra

April 16, 2015

There is no question that punk lives on in Chico. The 2015 Cammies Punk Showcase was the hit of the music festival as crowds of both young and old filled Monstros Pizza during the Saturday event. Twenty-four energetic bands poured their heart and soul into short sets to fans who were constantly demanding more.The ...

Cammies: Indie/Experimental Showcase

Sisterhoods Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Amanda Rhine

April 16, 2015

The word “experimental” has a tendency to raise a few eyebrows, and when it’s referring to a genre of music there is bound to be some skepticism when one doesn't know what to expect.Friday night, The Maltese Bar & Tap Room hosed the indie/experimental section of the 2015 Cammies, and any skepticism was replaced with pl...

Cammies: Country/Folk Showcase

Photo credit: Caio Calado

Erin Vierra

April 14, 2015

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

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...

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Lisa Valentine, an award-winning local singer-songwriter, is inspired by old blues greats like Sam Cooke and poets like Robert Frost and Dorothy Parker. She shares her song

Jeffrey Fox

December 3, 2014

Local soul and R&B; singer Lisa Valentine grabbed a coffee and chatted with with The Orion about being raised by her mother and grandmother, the irony of her stage name and how she writes such soulful tunes Tuesday at Empire Coffee. How long have you been a singer-songwriter? I've been playing and writing songs since I was...

Q&A: Furlough Fridays on ‘Bay Watch,’ The Rolling Stones

Furlough Fridays is a local four-piece rock band that won “Best Rock Act” at the 2013 Cammies. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Jeffrey Fox

November 28, 2014

Local rock band Furlough Fridays took a break during its practice session Nov. 22 in Chico to chat with The Orion about Pamela Anderson, the band's dynamic and sticking together. Half the band, which is made up of two married couples, lives in Redding. Furlough Fridays' next performance in Chico will be for...

Q&A: Big Mo on children’s tales, blues

Photo courtesy of Maurice Huffman

Michael Quiring

November 3, 2014

Local blues musician Maurice Huffman of Big Mo & The Full Moon Band dished about his upcoming children's book, dream musical project and being part of the best blues band in Chico. The band's next performance will be Dec. 19 at the Chico Women's Club.The Orion: How did Big Mo & The Full Moon Ba...

Cammies Music Festival kicks off with local hard rock and metal talent

Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy performs  at Cafe Coda for the 2014 Cammies hard rock/metal award. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Sarah Scharf

April 4, 2014

Some people don’t know that Chico is home to awesome musical talent of all genres.The Cammies Music Festival kicked off Thursday, showcasing these local artists and bands. Fans of hard rock and metal enjoyed energetic performances by live local bands Sorin and Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy, as well as mus...

Keep Chico Weird talent show lives up to its name

Performer of Mint Shekels and the Treif-Stars, keeping chico weird with their performance at the El Rey.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Ashiah Scharaga

February 4, 2014

There's only one place where you'll find a freak-folk artist, female illusionist and hula-hoop dancer on the same stage in one night: The Keep Chico Weird Talent Show, held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre in Chico. Though the show ran for about three hours and had technical issues and delays, the host, contestants and judges remained engaging and entertaining. The show, presented by Chico News & Review and Feather Fal...

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