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Mark 3 performing on stage at Chico Unplugged. Photo by Sam Kyes.

Hungry artists compete for Chico Unplugged

Sam Kyes, A&E Reporter // November 9, 2022

On Oct. 25, Madison Bear Garden hosted the Chico Unplugged event in its upstairs section. The entire room was filled with eager observers watching those that performed on stage, with musicians singing...

Roni Jean performing live at Freebird Yoga

‘Resting Sad Face’ paves way for up and coming Chico legend

Mario Ortiz Jr, A&E Editor // June 1, 2022

Lush and intoxicating are words that best describe the music of Chico State's own Roni Jean and their debut album, “Resting Sad Face.”  Roni Jean proves to be not just another face in the crowd...

Demondra Martin performs her song Affirmations with keyboardist Avi Correa.

Night two of Chico Unplugged brings down the house

Michaela Harris, A&E Editor // April 21, 2022

Chico Unplugged returned for its second round at Madison Bear Garden on April 12 with a new set of performers. The singer-songwriter competition featured 17 artists, the majority of whom performed in...

First place Chico Unplugged winner Aaron Gee performs his original song ¨I´ll Be Fine¨ at Madison Bear Garden

Chico Unplugged rocks out with three winners

Michaela Harris, A&E Editor // April 11, 2022

The annual singer-songwriter competition Chico Unplugged finished its first round on April 5. It featured 11 artists performing various styles ranging from reggae to pop to rap. The event is open to...

Brett Johnson, owner of Housers Music in Oroville, says people can support local artists by watching live feeds, and try to tip electronically if possible.”

Songs from the Sofa keeps live music alive in Chico

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // April 16, 2020

In the midst of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, all scheduled concerts and music festivals have been put on hold. With the season of live music having essentially been wiped out, one...

Webster Moore and Aron Linker Photo credit: Kati Morris

‘Love Is’ showcases music to promote healthy relationships

Kati Morris // October 22, 2019

On Sunday, the 5th annual "Love Is" showcase was held at the Chico Women's Club. The event was a benefit for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, a local nonprofit organization that works to promote healthy...

Chase Avalos plays for the band Stepdad Passport. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Artist of the Week: Chase Avalos works to refine sound, reach wider audience

Grant Schmieding // September 18, 2018

The venue screams close quarters. Purple, teal and pink lights shine across artistic renditions of famous musicians as Chase Avalos makes his way to the stage. Microphone feedback breaks the still air...

Saint Jame (left) and Calvin Black of F.A.M For All Mankind perform Thursday evening at Small Town Big Sound in Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.s Big Room. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Uncle Dad’s Art Collective tour highlights Northern California musicians

Brian Luong and Natalie Hanson // September 11, 2018

With "Small Town Big Sound" Uncle Dad’s Art Collective spotlighted Northern California musical talent and toured four towns in their 4th annual showcase this weekend. The Collective, comprised...

Apollo Snow entertains the crowd while onstage at the Chico Womens club on Friday Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Local artists light up Chico’s hip-hop scene

Ulises Duenas // September 4, 2018

Different kinds of concerts have different vibes, and there are no concerts quite like hip-hop concerts, for better or for worse. The Chico Women's Club hosted a concert on Friday featuring local artists...

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

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

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...

Brittany Masloski (left) and John Klezmer (right) sing at The Bear for the record release party. Photo credit: Matthew Manfredi

Local record label, singer-songwriter team up

Matthew Manfredi // May 11, 2016

Last Thursday the upstairs poolroom of The Bear was packed as people crowded for the record release party put on by SOTA, Chico State’s School of the Arts. Closing the event, the evening’s...

Max Valentine and Hayden Senter, both art majors, making prints for the Thursday Night Market attendees. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Market showcases artistic offerings

Sarah Scharf // April 20, 2014

Chico State School of the Arts presented Keep Chico Creative on Thursday night downtown at the Farmer's Market. The idea behind Keep Chico Creative is to encourage and inspire creativity in the...

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