The Orion

Q&A: Big Mo on children’s tales, blues

Q&A: Big Mo on children’s tales, blues

Michael Quiring

November 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As

Local blues musician Maurice Huffman of Big Mo & The Full Moon Band dished about his upcoming children's book, dream musical project and being part of the best blues band in Chico. The band's next performance will be Dec. 19 at the Chico Women's Club.The Orion: How did Big Mo & The Full Moon Ba...

The Hot Sardines to bring infectious, hip-swinging jazz tunes to Laxson

The Hot Sardines to bring infectious, hip-swinging jazz tunes to Laxson

Michael Quiring

October 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Jazz is still alive and kickin'. One of the genre's most renowned groups, The Hot Sardines, will take music from the '20s, '30s and '40s and add a contemporary twist for its show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Laxson Auditorium.Chico is one of the many stops on the New York-based group's first major tour across the ...

The Lone Bellow delivers riveting rhythms at Laxson Auditorium

The Lone Bellow delivers riveting rhythms at Laxson Auditorium

Michael Quiring

October 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Clap-inducing and toe-tapping rhythms filled Laxson Auditorium Thursday as bands The Lone Bellow and Hugh Bob And The Hustle rocked the night away.Early in the show, opener Hugh Bob And The Hustle played its song "Milwaukee Man," which featured a catchy chorus that grabbed the audience's attention.Hugh Robert Mas...

Classical pianist to ‘tear roof off’ Laxson Auditorium

Classical pianist to ‘tear roof off’ Laxson Auditorium

Michael Quiring

September 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

One of the most interesting and intuitive pianists of the decade will make his debut Chico performance 2 p.m. Sunday at Laxson Auditorium. Chico is the first stop on classical pianist Alpin Hong's fall tour, during which he will premiere work from his upcoming album "Myths and Legends." Hong, who is renowned for the energy...

Study Break: Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

Study Break: Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

Michael Quiring

May 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2," directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane Dehaan and Jamie Foxx, opened in theaters Friday.The sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" series picks up where the last one left off as Peter Parker, played by Garfield, continues to balance his personal life with the responsibilities that he ...

Study Break: Hello Biplane ‘Line’ Album Review

Study Break: Hello Biplane ‘Line’ Album Review

Michael Quiring

April 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo made up of artists Spencer Goertz-Giffen and Braden Young, recently released their seventh album titled "Line."The band was formed in Lawrence, Kan., but is now part of the local music scene here in Chico. "Line" is a relatively short listen and plays all the way through ...

Study Break: The Birds of Prey ‘Am I Just an Animal’ Album Review

Study Break: The Birds of Prey ‘Am I Just an Animal’ Album Review

Michael Quiring

April 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

New York City experimental rock band The Birds of Prey just finished their first eleven-track album titled "Am I Just An Animal." The album plays like a musical roller coaster due to the incorporation of many musical genres such as folk, hard rock and funk. At one moment, a song will play wit...

Soldier poet delivers powerful poetry

Soldier poet delivers powerful poetry

Michael Quiring

April 2, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Many in attendance spoke with one another as they patiently waited for the start of a night that was soon filled with intricate and thought-provoking poetry.Brian Turner, Iraq veteran, poet and author of two poetry collection books, presented his inspiring collection of literature Tuesday night inside Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.Turner opened the night with a brief backgroun...

Professor lectures on 16th century royalty

Professor lectures on 16th century royalty

Michael Quiring

March 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The recital hall was very calm as many in attendance waited to be informed on the historical importance of the Tudors and the infamous Hampton Court Palace.Jason Nice, Chico State history professor, presented the special event Tudor Memories: 500 Years of Commemoration at Hampton Court Palace Wednesday night in Rowland-Taylor Recital Ha...

Jazz orchestra brings soul, blues

Jazz orchestra brings soul, blues

Michael Quiring

March 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

A very busy crowd was out for a night of jazz, despite the event resting upon the middle of the work week.Presented by Chico Performances, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis gave a Chico audience one hell of a jazz performance Wednesday night at Laxson Auditorium. The jazz orchestra is wor...

Classical celebration captivates with young talent

Classical celebration captivates with young talent

Michael Quiring

March 9, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Loud whispers filled the Presbyterian Church as many in attendance patiently waited for the stunning showcase of young musical talent.The Butte County Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California and the Mount Lassen Branch of the Suzuki Association of the Americas presented the fifth annua...

Composers present new works at student symposium

Composers present new works at student symposium

Michael Quiring

February 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The auditorium was filled with chatter as the audience sat anticipating the beginning of the musical showcase. The Chico State School of Arts and Student Composers Forum hosted the opening of the New Music Symposium series at the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall Thursday night. The event, which was the first of three, featured a variety of student comp...

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