Songs From Studio C

Photo by Ashley Jeffries

Songwriter Aric Jeffries' previous band French Reform quickly rose to the attention of many in the Chico area back in 2014, including acclaim from the Chico News and Review's annual CAMMIE awards as "Best Local Act." Solar Estates is the follow-up project continuing Jeffries' exploration of the electro-pop genre.

Photo by Jessica Sid

Jack Knight, Russell Rabut, and David Friedlander originally formed their indie/folk-rock band The Mondegreens in Chico back in 2012, but have since relocated to Seattle to continue reaching new audiences all across the Pacific Northwest.

Photo by Scott Newton

I first saw Rita Hosking perform back in 2010 at the Live Oak Music Festival and I was impressed by her songwriting and the musicianship of her backing band, Cousin Jack. In 2008, Rita won the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest. A year later she was a finalist in the Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and she’s even received honors from the West Coast Songwriters Association and the International Songwriting Contest. 

Shortly after winning the “Best Folk” and “Best Female Vocalist” awards by the Chico News & Review earlier this year for their musical duo, Bunnymilk, songwriters Kelly Brown and Lisa Marie unveiled an entirely new sound with their garage-rock band, Skin Peaks, which has since become one of the most talked-about acts here in the Chico music scene.

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On Monday, Allen Toussaint, fixture of New Orleans R&B, passed away while on tour in Spain. Almost exactly a year ago, I spoke with him on the phone to promote his upcoming show at Laxson Auditorium in Chico. Above is the audio from our conversation.

Photo by Beth Lamberson

Originally based out of Boston, Lake Street Dive's musical journey began in 2004 at the New England Conservatory, where all four members met while studying music.

Eleven years of performance and one viral YouTube video later, and the “pop-soul juggernaut” finds itself on an exponential rise with appearances on Conan, Letterman, The Colbert Report and just about every big summer music festival you could think of, including a stop earlier this year at one of the North State’s favorites – the High Sierra Music Festival.

Later this evening, the band will take the stage at Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus for what promises to be an exciting, memorable show.   

Photo by Lilita Wood

Garrett Gray is a Chico-bred songwriter known for performing across the North State with his previous band, Perpetual Drifters. Gray has been recognized by the Chico News & Review with CAMMIE awards in the categories of Best Songwriter as well as Best Male Vocalist, and his music has been described by the Synthesis Weekly as “roots rock that casts the world in hues of burgundy romance and gray loneliness.”