*Past Performance from 2015 - 2016 Season*

Chico World Music Festival 2015

Saturday, September 12 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. FREE

Hosting music on 4 stages, this free event is an annual Chico State tradition. As in years past, the outdoor main stage will feature a wide range of world music artists; along with the majestic Laxson Auditorium. The Ruth Rowland Taylor stage will once again be featured as a workshop stage, and the ever–popular Kids Stage will highlight the wonderful talent of the North State's children.



Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts!

Brazilian Singer, Songwriter, and Passionate Performer
Saturday, September 12
Laxson Stage 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Sycamore Stage 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.


The unique Brazilian singer/songwriter/lyricist/painter Kátia Moraes began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the 80s with her energetic band "O Espirito da Coisa.” This prolific performer exudes energy in her upbeat performance singing in both English and Portuguese all the while accompanied by her band the Brazilian Hearts!

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Boss 501

Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady, & Reggae
Saturday, September 12
Laxson Stage 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sycamore Stage 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Boss 501 is a dynamic group of musicians who pay tribute to the classic sounds of Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae through their unique interpretations of these early styles. Established in 2007 in Chico California by a group of CSU, Chico Students, Boss 501’s love for making stimulating and engaging music has helped established a name for themselves throughout California. Join Boss 501 on the reggae train at the 2015 Chico World Music Festival.

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Arjun Verma

Sitar & Tabla
Saturday, September 12
Ruth-Rowland Taylor Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Arjun’s playing incorporates musical elements drawn from his long apprenticeship with his father, Roop Verma. The combination of these influences results in a style encompassing the deeply contemplative as well as the exciting aspects of Indian Music. Joining Arjun in these performances will be Javad Butah on tabla and Nima Torabi on tanpura.

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Tuelo & Her Cousins

South African Infused Indie-Pop
Saturday, September 12
Sycamore Stage 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Laxson Stage 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Tuelo & Her Cousins are a New York City based band who share a kindred love for music that rocks the soul. Their unique take on rock and roll combines driving beats and catchy hooks with Tswana-Bushmen rhythms to tell dreamlike tales of struggle and triumph. No matter where they play, the cousins always get audiences singing, clapping, and shaking their bones to the call of Tuelo's booming voice

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HOTFLASH will be replacing Sapphire Soul at the Chico World Music Festival

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Sycamore Stage 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ruth-Rowland Taylor Stage 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Don’t miss the iconic Chico band HotFlash with Kathy Slater, Don Slater, Holly Taylor, Eric Peter, Kathy Williams and others on stage at the Chico World Music Festival.

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Kids Stage:

  • 10 - 10:30 a.m.

    Chico Creek Dance Centre

  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.

    Selected Musicals

    Playhouse Youth Theatre

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Mary Jo Brown

    Creative Dancing

  • 12 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    World Drumming

    Los Tambores de Chapman

  • 12:30 - 1 p.m.

    Suessical JR.

    Blue Room Young Company

  • 1 - 2 p.m.

    Chico Public Library Spanish Storytime

  • 2 - 2:30 p.m.

    Mi Escuelita Maya

    Children’s Play

  • 2:30 - 3 p.m.

    Ballet Folklorico de Chico

    Traditional Mexican Folk Dance

  • 3 - 4 p.m.

    Celine O’Malley


  • 4 - 4:30 p.m.

    Inspire School of the Arts & Sciences

  • 4:30 - 5 p.m.

    Chico Children's Choir

Festival Features:

  • Music on four stages
  • Performances by community arts organizations
  • Free crafts hosted by the Museum of Anthropology
    • Dragon Puppets
    • Clay Creations
    • Rubber Stamping
    • Maya Amulets
    • Mask Making
    • Rock Art
  • Free art classes for adults and children hosted by the Chico Art Center
    • 10:00-11:30 Let's Make Beads (Erin Wells & Debra Simpson)
    • 11:45 – 1:15 Bracelets, Anklets & Necklaces… (Erin Wells & Debra Simpson)
    • 1:30 – 3:00 Planters & Mobiles (Erin Wells & Debra Simpson)
    • 3:15 – 4:45 Paper Collage (Lynn Abbiati)
  • An interactive science booth hosted by the Gateway Science Museum
    • The Science of Sound is Music to My Ears: Learn how musical instruments create sound as well as how our ears and brains detect and recognize it. Also, explore how music affects the brain and your emotions.
  • Global artisans selling crafts, jewelry, clothes and more
  • International food booths

The Chico World Music Festival takes place on the beautiful Chico State Campus Look for a complete schedule of events, including performance times, at in August.