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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 My, My, My with The Orion Tuesday at the Amtrak station on Orange Street. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

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

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...

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

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

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...

Heather Bennett, owner of Candy Cougar Art, displaying her unconventional painting style during the monthly Mixed Media Mixer on Nov. 2 at 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Q&A: Candy Cougar on vanity, hair dye, Arctic Monkeys

Jeffrey Fox // November 18, 2014

Heather Bennett, also known as Candy Cougar, took The Orion on a tour of her studio Friday and discussed creating with unconventional materials, why she uses them and what inspires her. Her art will be...

Adan Gonzalez, Chico State senior music industry and recording arts major, is the singer-songwriter behind The Unexpected Guest. Gonzalez returned from a semester abroad in Sweden and released his EP The Machine in March. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Q&A: The Unexpected Guest on songwriting, meatballs, racism

Jeffrey Fox // November 8, 2014

The Orion chatted with Adan Gonzalez, senior music industry and recording arts major and singer-songwriter of The Unexpected Guest, about his time abroad, the Swedish music scene and releasing his first...

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Jeffrey Fox // October 28, 2014

A collective of Chico artists and musicians will open a performance space in November with the intent of allowing concertgoers to see their favorite local musicians perform on stage. For free. The...

Christina Comfort, left, and Cat Perez of local funk-rock band Sofa King entertain concertgoers with their strong, jazzy vocals Tuesday at 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: John Domogma

Q&A: Sofa King on puppets, funk soup

Jeffrey Fox // October 19, 2014

The Orion met with the musicians of Sofa King to discover their origin story, writing process and inspirations before their show Oct. 14 at 1078 Gallery.The Orion: How did the band develop?Christina Comfort,...

Wanderers & Wolves closed out the final A.S. Productions fall Nooner performance in Trinity Commons with its threshold-pushing, rock you out of your tennis sound on Wednesday. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Q&A: Wanderers & Wolves

Jeffrey Fox // October 2, 2014

The Orion chatted with the musicians of Wanderers & Wolves about their band name, creative process and sound after their performance at the last fall A.S. Productions "Nooner" on Wednesday in Trinity...

Cameron McCallister, senior psychology major and poet, performed a piece of spoken-word poetry at Selvesters Cafe-by-the-Creek on Tuesday. The event, UMatter Cafe, is part of Suicide Prevention Week. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Student shares poetry to shed light on mental illness, depression

Jeffrey Fox // September 26, 2014

Cameron McCallister, a fourth-year psychology major, began writing poetry when he was 19 years old. Now, at 22, he's recited poems about topics like depression and mental illness in order to shed light...

Local pop punkers Dear Misguided put on a killer show at an A.S. Productions Nooner in Trinity Commons Wednesday. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Q&A: Dear Misguided

Jeffrey Fox // September 25, 2014

The Orion chatted with the alternative rockers of Dear Misguided about their band name, inspirations and writing music after their A.S. Productions "Nooner" performance Wednesday. The Orion: So what's...

Butte College students Kelsey Wade, left, and Daryll Venegas, right, enjoy their 5th and 4th years at the Pastels on the Plaza event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chico City Plaza. Photo credit: Annie Paige

Concrete comes alive with vivid color at Pastels on the Plaza

Jeffrey Fox // September 21, 2014

[metaslider id=35407] Photographs by Annie Paige and Jeffrey Fox Rainbow-colored knees and hands rushed about trying to finish a scene of tongue-kissing unicorns dreaming about sunflowers and fairies...

The LoLos backstage at Led Zeppelin IV for its second show on Saturday night. From left to right; bassist Zach Sanchez, drummer McKenzie Warner, guitarist Ben Colbeck and lead singer Matthew Heyden. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Local indie rockers sprint from concert to concert

Jeffrey Fox // September 14, 2014

The LoLos' guitarist Ben Colbeck pulls off his shirt as the band walks briskly down the sidewalk of West 3rd Street after a Chico BandSwap performance in the City Plaza. If he wants to change before the...

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...

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