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Shelter-in-place takes a toll on Chico music venues

The Senator Theatre in Downtown Chico have had to postpone every event through May.
April 1, 2020

The beginning of spring is supposed to be one of the most active times of the year for live music, with festival line-ups being announced and fans eagerly awaiting concerts they bought pre-sale tickets...

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room
March 12, 2020

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band serenaded audiences Thursday night as they reminisced in the dimly lit Sierra Nevada Big Room. Without a word, Vaughan thumped his hand against the body of...

Apollo transforms into a collective space for local artists

Photo by Dayanna Negrete
March 12, 2020

On Saturday night the Apollo School of Music turned into a buzzing art gallery, showcasing the work of various local artists. The event, which was hosted in collaboration with NorCal Musicians Collective,...

Thundercat brings jazz fusion and high emotions to Chico

Thundercat brings jazz fusion and high emotions to Chico
March 11, 2020

On Wednesday night, Stephen Lee Bruner, better known as Thundercat, took the stage at the Senator Theatre to play a night of electrifying jazz fusion. The bass-playing, Grammy winning, former crossover...

Technology is changing our world

Illustration by Melissa Joseph
March 5, 2020

Over the past 20 years, technology has changed the world in many ways. It has changed the way we communicate, learn, socialize and the way we listen to music.  In the 21st century, listening to...

Justin Bieber reaches the end of his career on “Changes”

Bieber's album
February 28, 2020

At some point during the early 2010s, “Bieber fever” was a pop culture phenomenon and no teen was safe from the sickness. Fast forward to 2020, and Justin Bieber is a washed up teen pop idol trying...

Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.
February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled...

“We Shall Overcome” evokes the spirit of African American leaders

Damien Sneed performing with a choir
February 26, 2020

Chico Performances hosted the musical production “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Laxson Auditorium on Saturday night. The production encompassed...

Hot Tuna celebrates 50 years of psychedelia

The members of Hot Tuna
February 26, 2020

Legendary 1960s rock group, Hot Tuna, graced the stage at Laxson Auditorium on Sunday night for their 50th anniversary tour. Their show emphasised to many of their dedicated fans that they still bring...

Playlist: The perfect study vibes

Illustration of a girl listening to music while studying
February 24, 2020

With midterms around the corner, this situation happens to me all the time.  After sitting down to read the incredibly dense textbook in front of me, I put on my favorite playlist and start reading....

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Silent disco at the El Rey Theatre
February 19, 2020

The El Rey Theater held a silent disco event this past Thursday night. With different music genres available, the night was a fun experience for regular and casual silent disco-goers. There were three...

Through the Late Night podcast: 21 Savage shocking ICE detainment

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph
February 23, 2019

“Through The Late Night” is the Arts & Entertainment's new music podcast for The Orion News. Led by section writers Mitchell Kret and Angel Ortega, every other week you'll get to hear them...

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