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Songs from the Sofa keeps live music alive in Chico

Brett Johnson, owner of Houser's Music in Oroville, says people can support local artists by

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 local project, known as Songs from the Sofa, has given musicians the opportunity to perform again. ...

‘Love Is’ showcases music to promote healthy relationships

Webster Moore and Aron Linker Photo credit: Kati Morris

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 relationships via crisis intervention and community outreach. The musical performances all share...

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

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

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 as he plugs in his guitar, breathes in the intimate crowd's energy and begins a song. At the first...

Uncle Dad’s Art Collective tour highlights Northern California musicians

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

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 of over 40 different artists in the North State, received over 100 submissions after opening their applications up in February. They event...

Local artists light up Chico’s hip-hop scene

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

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 that all have roots in the Chico area. Artists including Apollo Snow, Osho Brown, Efren Trevino...

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...

Local record label, singer-songwriter team up

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

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 headliner, KLEZ put on a set with his backing band playing smooth and soulful rhythms and harmonies...

Market showcases artistic offerings

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

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 community by showcasing the work of local musicians and artists, and allowing the organizations in Chico’s art community to engage ...

Local bands rock the house at Cafe Flo

Lisa Valentine singing her lungs out with Saxophonist playing at Cafe Flo Friday night. Other musicians included trumpet, base, piano and drums. Photo credit: Shayla Ramos

Sarah Scharf

March 17, 2014

For anyone wanting to expand their horizons and explore Chico's music scene, Cafe Flo is the place to go.Local bands Ugly as Hell, Lisa Valentine and the Michelin Embers took the stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Ugly as Hell started the night off on a great note. Their sound could best be described as alternative rock, very reminiscent o...

Community supports local band with benefit show

Bogg performs during Survival of the Kindest Thursday night at at Cafe Coda.Photo credit: Maegan Webster

Maegan Webster

March 1, 2014

Exceptional circumstances lead to exceptional evenings, as was the case when modern jazz quartet Bogg had equipment stolen out of its car.Community support came flooding in after the Chico-based band posted about their situation on Facebook, culminating in Thursday's show, Survival of the Kindest, hosted by ...

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