Chico World Music Festival

Saturday, September 10 | 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.




Jazz, Rock & World Music
Laxson Stage 2 - 3 p.m.
Sycamore Stage 5 - 6 p.m.


Troker is an instrumental hard-groove band that fusions jazz, rock & funk with anything they find on the way, leaving behind a Mexican flare. After 10 years of juxtaposing pulp fiction-esque vamps and high-stakes musicianship, Troker knows what it takes to move a crowd.

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Karamo Susso with Ousseynou Kouyate

West African Music & Dance
Sycamore Stage 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ruth Rowland Taylor Stage 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Karamo Susso is a kora player from Gambia West Africa. Growing up in a griot compound in Mali, he started playing kora as a tiny child, and was performing for large crowds before he was even big enough to hold the instrument up by himself. Fully immersed in the tradition, he learned from world-renowned players like his uncles Ballake Sissoko and Toumani Diabate. Karamo will be joined by West African dancer Ousseynou Kouyate.

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Arabic Music Quartet

Faisal Zedan, Georges Lamman, Ali Paris, Naser Musa
Laxson Stage 12 - 1 p.m.
Ruth Rowland Taylor Stage 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


The Arabic Music Quartet features Faisal Zedan on percussion, Georges Lamman on violin, Ali Paris playing the Qanun and Naser Musa playing the Oud and performing vocals. Arabic Music Quartet brings artists from all over the Middle East to the stages at Chico State.

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Matthew Songmaker & The December Bicyclists

Bluegrass Fiddler
Ruth Rowland Taylor Stage 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Sycamore Stage 3 - 4 p.m.


Matthew Songmaker is an award winning fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist. Among his achievements are winning the hot fiddle and waltz categories at the Western Open Fiddle Contest. He has also opened for legendary country singer Clint Black. Matthew performs with his band, and together they produce a tight, hard-driving trio of Bluegrass music.

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French Revival Gypsy Jazz
Sycamore Stage 1 - 2 p.m.
Laxson Stage 4 - 5 p.m.


SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass, and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of a French café.

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Kids Stage:

  • 10 - 10:30 a.m.

    Ann's Dance Workshop

  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.

    Chico Creek Dance Centre

  • 12 - 12:30 p.m.

    World Drumming

    Los Tambores de Chapman

  • 12:30 - 1 p.m.

    Dr. Dolittle Jr.

    Blue Room Young Company

  • 2 - 2:30 p.m.

    Mi Escuelita Maya

    Children’s Play

  • 2:30 - 3 p.m.

    Ballet Folklorico de Chico

    Traditional Mexican Folk Dance

  • 4 - 4:30 p.m.

    The Wright Keys Academy of Musical Arts

  • 4:30 - 5 p.m.

    The Marsh Jr. High School Concert Band

Festival Features:

  • Music on four stages
  • Performances by community arts organizations
  • Free crafts hosted by the Museum of Anthropology
    • Quetzalcoatl Masks
    • Claw Necklace
    • Dragon Puppet
    • Knight’s Dragon Shield
    • And a Giant Community Dragon Puppet for Grand Finale Parade!
  • Free art classes for adults and children hosted by the Chico Art Center
    • 10:00 - 11:30 Let's Paint a Rock (Erin Wells & Debra Simpson)
    • 11:45 – 1:15 Bracelets, Anklets & Necklaces… (Erin Wells & Debra Simpson)
    • 1:30 – 3:00 Paper Collage (Lynn Abbiati)
    • 3:15 – 4:45 Sun Catchers (Erin Wells & Debra Simpson)
  • An interactive science booth hosted by the Gateway Science Museum
    • Good Vibrations: Join us as we explore vibrations and sound. Learn how vibrations create sound as well as how our ears detect it.
  • Global artisans selling crafts, jewelry, clothes and more
  • International food booths
  • The Book Bike hosted by the Butte County Library

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.