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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.

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

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 for. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those events have been either postponed or can...

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

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 his silky white guitar, sending the night off into a whirlwind of guitar riffs.  “Are you ready...

Apollo transforms into a collective space for local artists

Photo by Dayanna Negrete

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

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, was a night of bold designs, live music and collective spirit.  Among the works displayed wer...

Thundercat brings jazz fusion and high emotions to Chico

Thundercat brings jazz fusion and high emotions to Chico

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

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 thrash band member made Chico his first stop in California on his North American Tour in support of his ...

Technology is changing our world

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Alexis Harvey, Staff Writer

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 music is constantly getting easier with many modern and high-tech devices. The development of audio t...

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

Bieber's album

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

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 to jump onto the moody R&B train.   Like the long line of teen heartthrobs that came befo...

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

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

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 over the makeshift stage as Grey Loom opened the night with chilling vocals and deep bass. E...

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

Damien Sneed performing with a choir

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

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 a range of genres from gospel to jazz with spoken word from King’s famous speeches. The band featured...

Hot Tuna celebrates 50 years of psychedelia

The members of Hot Tuna

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

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 an incredible musical experience after all these years.  The set was complete with no shortage of so...

Playlist: The perfect study vibes

Illustration of a girl listening to music while studying

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

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. A couple pages in, I realize I'm thinking about the lyrics of the song, more than the words on ...

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Silent disco at the El Rey Theatre

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

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 music channels to choose from, playing music ranging from EDM, hip-hop to a more random genre chan...

Through the Late Night podcast: 21 Savage shocking ICE detainment

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Mitchell Kret, Angel Ortega, and Alex Coba

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 tackle different topics and issues facing the music industry, as well as highly anticipated music re...

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