2005 ChicoWorld Music Festival

Mamadou Diabate - Photo by Angel Romero
Mamadou Diabate – Photo by Angel Romero
Chico (California), USA – The Chico World Music Festival will be featuring the Pat Metheny Trio (& Quartet) and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra plus free daytime performers, an art display by Chico Unified students, art classes by Chico Art Center instructors, children’s crafts by the Museum of Anthropology, COBA Art Voting, artisans, and food booths. The festival will be held on September 16, 17, & 18, 2005, at Chico State – Kendall Hall Lawns & Laxson Auditorium.On Sept. 17 & 18 the daytime performances on Kendall Hall lawns featuring performers on three stages and much more are free and open to the public, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Tickets to the Friday evening performance featuring Pat Metheny Trio (& Quartet) are $20-$35, and tickets to the Saturday evening performance featuring the Spanish Harlem Orchestra are $14-$23. Tickets are available at the University Box Office at the corner of 2nd and Normal Streets, or by calling 898-6333.

What makes this festival unique is that the daytime performances are free on September Saturday 17th, & Sunday 18th from 11 am – 5 pm. This includes 12 performers on three stages. Performing will be:

Laura Fuentes y Calicanto with Pedro Villagra – 11 am, 1 pm & 2:30 pm
Mossy Creek – 11:30 am & 2 pm
Laura Love Duo with Jen Todd – 12 & 2 pm
Mamadou Diabate & Walter Strauss – 12:30 & 3 pm
SambaDa – 1 & 3:30 pm

Newman AmiYumi -11am & 2 pm
Bill Tapia w/ Mihana – 11:30 am & 2 pm
Troika Folk Dance Band – 12 noon
Craicmore -12:30 & 2:30 pm
Toshi Reagon – 1 & 3 pm
Trenda’s Salsa Workshop – 1 pm
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca – 3:30 pm

Along with free performances, the Chico World Music Festival daytime activities
1. Lectures and workshops by the artists,
2. Artisans and food booths,
3. Free art classes hosted by the Chico Art Center,
4. The CSU, Museum of Anthropology hosting a children’s crafts workshop,
5. COBA art project voting,
6. A display of student art from the Chico Unified School District,
7. And plenty of lush green grass for relaxation and plenty of fun.

Headliners performing in Laxson Auditorium:

Friday night – September 16:
Opening this year’s Chico World Music Festival on Friday night in Laxson will be the Pat Metheny Trio (& Quartet). The incomparable Pat Metheny has garnered countless “Best Jazz Guitarist” awards and multiple Grammys.

Known for stretching musical boundaries, Metheny’s modern improvisational style and pioneering use of sound technology have redefined the jazz guitar. Along with acclaimed bassist Christian McBride and the impressive Antonio Sanchez on drums, Metheny’s trio pushes the musical envelope in this evening of acoustic jazz. When performing as a Quartet, the Trio will be joined by special added guest David Sanchez. www.patmethenygroup.com.

Tickets are required for this performance in Laxson Auditorium, range from $20-
$35 and are available at the University Box Office 898-6333.

Saturday night – September 17:
For the 2nd evening performance of the Chico World Music Festival, the Chico World Music Festival will host the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Fresh off their 2004 Grammy win for “Best Salsa/Merengue Album,” the Spanish Harlem Orchestra has also just been nominated for “Best Salsa Album of the Year” at the 2005 Latin Grammy’s.

Tickets are required for this performance in Laxson Auditorium, range from $14-
$23 and are available at the University Box Office 898-6333.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.