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

Michael Quiring // November 3, 2014

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...

Chico Performances presents The Hot Sardines, a contemporary jazz group from New York. The band will bring energized, hip-swinging rhythms to Laxson Auditorium on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

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

Michael Quiring // October 13, 2014

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...

Brian Elmquist, Zach Williams and Kanene Pipkin, pictured from left to right, perform to an energetic crowd Thursday at Laxson Auditorium. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

The Lone Bellow delivers riveting rhythms at Laxson Auditorium

Michael Quiring // October 3, 2014

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...

Chico Performances presents award-winning pianist Alpin Hong, who will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Classical pianist to ‘tear roof off’ Laxson Auditorium

Michael Quiring // September 23, 2014

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...

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Study Break: Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

Michael Quiring // May 3, 2014

"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...

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo featuring Braden Young and Spencer Goertz-Giffen, perform at their midwest release show. Photo Credit: Pete Romano.

Study Break: Hello Biplane ‘Line’ Album Review

Michael Quiring // April 25, 2014

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...

Ben Fillion, performs vocals, guitars, lyrics and saxophones for The Birds of Prey. Photo Courtesy of Ben Fillion.

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

Michael Quiring // April 11, 2014

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...

Brian Turner, Iraq veteran, poet and author of two poetry collection books, presents his inspiring collection of literature Tuesday night inside Rowland-Taylor Hall. Photo credit: Annie Paige

Soldier poet delivers powerful poetry

Michael Quiring // April 2, 2014

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...

Jason Nice, history professor at Chico State, lectured on the Tudor family traditions and their representation in history. Photo credit: Shannon Miller

Professor lectures on 16th century royalty

Michael Quiring // March 27, 2014

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...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed Tuesday night at Laxson Auditorium. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Jazz orchestra brings soul, blues

Michael Quiring // March 13, 2014

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...

The advanced orchestra plays during the Going for Baroque concert on Friday night. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Classical celebration captivates with young talent

Michael Quiring // March 9, 2014

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...

Composers present new works at student symposium

Michael Quiring // February 28, 2014

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...

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