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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...

School of the Arts Productions to host Chico Unplugged

Chico State's SOTA will host its Chico Unplugged competitions for three Thursdays starting Sept. 21. Image courtesy of SOTA.

Natalie Hanson

September 11, 2018

Chico State's School of the Arts Productions will host the first of three musical competitions, Chico Unplugged, at the Madison Bear Garden restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 20. This biannual competition by SOTA allows the competition of singers and songwriters, for three Thursdays, to share their original...

Chico Unplugged presented Winner’s Showcase at The Bear

Brandon Mckie, a Chico alum, starts Chico Unplugged on Thursday at Madison Bear Garden. Photo credit: Rebecca Norton

Rebecca Norton

March 1, 2018

Every semester, hopeful and passionate student musicians audition for Chico Unplugged at Madison Bear Garden for two Thursdays in a row. Last Thursday was the Winner’s Showcase where the competition's winners perform their songs. "Some soul, some folk, a little hip-hop and plenty of love songs...

Amateur artists showcase at local restaurant

Jordan Olesen took stage about halfway through the performances, blowing away the crowd and earning him a place in the finals. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

February 11, 2018

Local music artists and songwriters performed in a competition at Madison Bear Garden Thursday night.Chico Unplugged, hosted by student-run School of the Arts (SOTA) productions, kicked off on the upstairs dance floor of the restaurant. This room was transformed into a musical stage and filled up with c...

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Photo of Chico Unplugged winners (from left to right: Bradley Relt, Jared Kreuzberger, Thom Lacalle) Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Niyat Teferi and Caitlyn Young

September 27, 2017

On Thursday, Chico's popular Madison Bear Garden hosted the singer/songwriter competition, "Chico Unplugged." The School of the Arts Production (SOTA) first launched Chico Unplugged in 2012 as a way for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent to the community.During the show, 10 musical acts went...

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Whitney Hayes, and Weston Andrews sing some heartfelt christian songs. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Rylee Pedotti

October 9, 2016

It was standing room only Thursday night at Madison Bear Garden, where a vibrant crowd consumed the cozy upstairs lounge to catch a glimpse of local talent featured in Chico Unplugged. The singer-songwriter showcase began five years ago when Chico State's SOTA Productions sought to further the conne...

Chico Unplugged is finger-pickin’ good

Ashiah Scharaga

February 7, 2014

If you stroll down to Woodstock’s Pizza on Thursday night for the next two weeks you’ll receive a special treat with your Wildcat Combo: some original tunes from local singers and songwriters of all styles. Chico Unplugged, presented by Chico State's School of the Arts Productions, KCSC Radio and Woodstock's Pizza, transformed Woodstock’s Pizza into a rockin ac...

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