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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...

Poppy drags after AViVA pops at quirky Senator show

Musician and YouTuber Poppy performs her strange tunes to a small venue in the Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Rachael Bayuk

Rachael Bayuk

February 25, 2019

The human embodiment of confusion, Poppy, visited Chico's Senator theatre. Youtube sensation Poppy brought whimsy to metal in her late-night show.Poppy has a history of presenting the strange and unusual. Her stage presence does not disappoint in that regard. She floats on and off the stage like a fi...

Photo of the day

Volkswagon Beetle outside Senator Theater in downtown Chico, Sunday.

Carly Maxstone

January 28, 2018

Volkswagon Beetle outside Senator Theater in downtown Chico, Sunday.

‘New Beat Fund’ brings So Cal Guac Rock to the music world

Jeff Laliberte gazes into the crowd in between songs. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Anna Porretta

November 16, 2016

When New Beat Fund Front Jeff Liliberte took the stage at The Senator Theater, you could tell that he'd stood where Kurt Cobain once stood in a booth at the legendary Sound City. It was like the ghost of the Nirvana front man inhabited his body as he danced on stage in an oversized cardigan similar to...

Sage the Gemini coming to the Senator Theatre

Sage the Gemini engages fans during a show. Photo source: Sage the Gemini's Instagram.

Cassandra Porter

May 1, 2016

Rapper, songwriter and producer Sage the Gemini will be performing at the Senator Theatre on Saturday, May 7. The rapper is a member of The HBK Gang, short for Heartbreak Gang, a hip-hop and music production collective based in the Bay Area. HBK was founded by Iamsu!, another frequent performer in Chic...

The Story So Far: big, loud, engaging

Walnut Creek's The Story So Far plays to an engaged crowd at the Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Matthew Manfredi

Matthew Manfredi

April 25, 2016

Usually, bands that play larger venues like the Senator Theatre have some sort of stage visual: a huge back line of speaker cabinets, a long colorful banner hanging in the back of the stage or an elaborate lights show. The Story So Far didn’t have any of that. And they didn’t need it. On April 23,...

Floater returns to Chico with pair of upcoming shows

Rob Wynia of the band Floater performs an acoustic set. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Tom Sundgren

April 21, 2015

Ever since the mid-'90s, Floater has been traveling to Chico to play its music live on tour. This time around, the band will change things up by performing an acoustic set for its first show and then plugging back in for the second. Floater's singer/songwriter Rob Wynia said: "We try to always keep ...

Reggae band Rebelution promotes “good vibes” at Chico concert

Audience members raised their lighters, synchronizing with the music as Santa Barbara reggae band, Rebelution performed. Photo credit: Greta Gordon

Greta Gordon

March 9, 2015

Smoke filled the room and red, green, and yellow spotlights danced around the ceiling at the Senator Sunday night as Rebelution took the stage. The crowd went wild cheering."Tonight we're going to play a little of old stuff and a little new stuff," announced the lead singer Eric Rachmany to a cheering audience, "hope you ...

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