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Kevin Lyman, founder of Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem Festival, visited Chico State students for a discussion on Thursday. After working in the festival circuit for decades, Lyman's favorite part of managing tours has been watching bands grow from small stage acts to headliners. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Festival founder shares insights about Warped, Lollapalooza, Mayhem tours

Jake Hutchison // December 10, 2014

The first Warped Tour was a disaster. Tickets didn't sell, money was lost and founding Production Manager Kevin Lyman found himself frantically trying to pull together smaller shows to balance out profits....

Photo by Luis Blanco via Wikimedia Commons

Study Break: In This Moment’s ‘Black Widow’ album review

Jake Hutchison // November 24, 2014

In recent years, Maria Brink has clawed her way to the top of the mainstream rock charts using her fearless persona, deep vampiric voice and notably dark lyrics. And sure enough, she continues this crusade...

Photo by Andrew Boyack, courtesy of Geoff Baker

Q&A: Professor on folk rock, Rihanna

Jake Hutchison // November 12, 2014

Chico State English professor Geoff Baker opened up to The Orion about balancing his acoustic and folk music career and planning tours alongside lesson plans.Is it difficult to plan a tour when you are...

Heather Bennett, owner of Candy Cougar Art, displaying her unconventional painting style during the monthly Mixed Media Mixer Review at the 1078 gallery. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Media mixer features local artists of all trades under one roof

Jake Hutchison // November 5, 2014

[metaslider id=37807] Photographs by Chelsea Jeffers. Sculptures, vinyl records and the mild smell of grape juice drew passing crowds of Chico residents and local artists into 1078 Gallery Sunday...

Yusef Swafford, senior computer engineering major, is a comedian, singer, sailor and former Naval technician. His next standup show is Nov. 15 at 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: Veronica Hodur

Student pursues laughter throughout state

Jake Hutchison // October 31, 2014

From a young age, Yusef Swafford enjoyed creating laughter. "I've been doing it off and on for a while,” he said. “As a kid, I was always telling jokes.” When he got older, he became...

Festival Director Mary Ann Weston and public relations interns and Chico State students Anne Stanley and James O'Hagan have helped organize the 10th annual FOCUS Film Festival, which celebrates diversity and awareness of disabilities through film. Photo credit: Nnamdi Johnson-Kanu

Film festival will bring awareness, inspiring stories to Chico

Jake Hutchison // October 22, 2014

At first, blind mountain bike racer Bobby McMullen was hesitant about being the subject of a documentary about his life. But once the film was complete, he was moved by the result. "I thought maybe I wasn't...

Evan Kelsay, 22, presents one of the unique pieces he's created at his workshop in Paradise. Kelsay is the owner and operator of Apocalypse Guitars, a custom-guitar building and repairing service. Photo credit: John Domogma

Local guitarist creates custom instruments, hopes to expand business

Jake Hutchison // October 18, 2014

While most students are recovering from an all-night homework marathon, 22-year-old Evan Kelsay starts his day at 6:30 a.m., sanding, cutting and repairing guitars. Sawdust clouds the air in his small...

Icarus The Owl is one of the alternative rock groups performing Sunday at 1078 Gallery. From left: Rob Bernknopf, Zach McLean, Joey Rubenstein and AJ Stacher. Photo by Sara Therese

Experimental bands will bring progressive rock, dirty jokes to 1078 Gallery

Jake Hutchison // October 7, 2014

Progressive rock, headbanging and genitalia jokes. Hail The Sun, Icarus The Owl, Stolas and Surrounded By Giants' show 8 p.m. Sunday at 1078 Gallery will be far from boring.Joey Rubenstein, lead singer...

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Local theater delivers raw, emotional performances in ‘The Outsiders’ adaptation

Jake Hutchison // September 25, 2014

Outcasts, freaks and misfits gained a voice through S. E. Hinton's classic novel first, then through Francis Ford Coppola's iconic film. Now the story of "The Outsiders" has evolved again, told through...

Shoji Kameda throat sings, Masato Baba hits the taiko and Eien Hunter plays the drums in On Ensemble. The group entertained Chico residents at the 21st annual Chico World Music Festival. Photo credit: John Domogma

Chico World Music Festival delivers stellar performances

Jake Hutchison // September 14, 2014

[metaslider id=34584] Photographs courtesy of John Domogma Chico Performances' 21st annual Chico World Music Festival brought artists from across the globe together for one epic multicultural event. [View...

Teeph's current lineup, from left to right, is Sesar Sanchez, Alex Coffin and Matt Shilts. Photo courtesy of Teeph.

Rock bands to host fierce show at Monstros

Jake Hutchison // September 3, 2014

Chico rockers have a reason to rejoice Sept. 10. Aggressively talented local band Teeph and Portland, Oregon's Gaytheist will play a loud, live show at Monstros Pizza with local debuting acts #whitegirlwasted...

The Sorority and its vocalist Cliff Greenwood stole the show with their energetic, intense performance Friday at Monstros Pizza. Photo credit: John Domogma

Monstros rock show features raw, powerful performances

Jake Hutchison // August 30, 2014

Instrument cables and sneakers raked across the sawdust covered floor of Monstros Pizza Friday night as local bands West by Swan and Metronaut were accompanied by Oakland's The Sorority.The scent of pizza...

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