Wild Oak Presents: Chico Music Festival

For six years Chico State’s own premier independent record label Wild Oak has brought a wide range of local (and national) talent together for a home grown music festival.  Each year brings in a bigger crowd than the last, and this one doesn’t look to disappoint.  With artists featured in four different venues around town, each showcasing a different genre, there really is something for everyone.  From progressive rock to singer-songwriter, electronic to reggae, Saturday May 7th’s festivities should not be missed.  See if any of these settings peak your interest:

The first venue to open that night will be Café Flo (at 7 pm).  Make the stop by if you want to hear some of the wilder progressive rock this town has to offer.  Headlining is Chico’s own Hail The Sun.  From living it up in Chico to touring California, Hail The Sun has the chops to be headlining the nights rock ‘n’ roll venue.  Also on stage at Café Flo will be That’s What She Said, The Dynamics, and The Deaf Pilots.  And if that doesn’t float your boat there are three more locations to check out.

Opening their doors a half hour after Café Flo, Café Coda will be featuring some stellar singer/songwriters.  Headlining at Coda will be the local favorite Pat Hull, a poetic and powerful artist who won a Chico Area Music Award for best male vocalist in 2008, so you can always expect great things from him.  Joining him on stage will be Nashville, Tennessee’s The Smoking Flowers and the local acts Fort Jams and Color Me Plaid.

Up next is Chico’s favorite party band headlining reggae night at the Graduate.  Reggae extraordinaires Mystic Roots will be taking a break from their last two and a half years of touring to return to their hometown for an eagerly anticipated show.  Sharing that makeshift stage will be the Melodramatics, Boss 501, and Brass Hysteria.  The Graduate will be opening their doors at 9:30 pm for the show and it will likely fill up fast, so I’d advise getting there on time.

Last, but hardly least, comes Chico Music Festival’s electronic spotlight.  Opening at the same time as Graduate’s reggae night, local DJ collective Team No Sleep will be spinning underground at the downtown Peeking restaurant.  Expect all the electronic favorites, from House to Dubstep and everything in between as you dance the night off to their high energy performance.  Also joining the stage with Team No Sleep will be DJ No Request, DJ Fix-it with DJ Gren and Sunsets at Dawn.

There really is a little bit of everything for everyone at this year’s Chico Music Festival so be sure to attend.  Any given show will cost a measly 5 dollars, and a bracelet for access to all four is priced at only 8 dollars.  So there really is no reason to miss it.  Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 7th.  With so many great options the hardest part will be catching all your favorites.


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