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Naomi Judd
September 23, 2010

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Mulan, Jr.
September 29,2010

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Badi Assad
with special guest Mamuse
October 14, 2010


Jazz Mafia Symphony
October 15, 2010

Jazz Mafia

Cirque Mechanics October 19, 2010


Ruthie Foster
& Eric Bibb
October 26, 2010


Gamelan Çudamani
October 28, 2010


Omara Portuondo
October 29, 2010

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2010 CWMF
Join Chico Performances as we celebrate the 17th annual Chico World Music Festival Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19. All music and activities start at 11 a.m. on the Kendall Hall Lawn at Chico State and are FREE! The Chico World Music Festival is presented by Chico Performances.

A kick-off performance by Ozomatli is scheduled for the evening of Friday Sept. 17, in Laxson Auditorium (tickets required).

Don't miss this weekend of FREE music performances, FREE art classes, FREE crafts for kids, global artisans and international food booths!

For more information about this event click here.

See you at the festival!
Festival Headliner:
Kicking off the 17th annual Chico World Music Festival will be Ozomatli, performing on Friday, Sept. 17 in Laxson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.


L.A. based Ozomatli plays a notorious collision of upbeat hip-hop, salsa, cumbia, samba, funk, R&B, and Jamaican ragga. They will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.

Tickets are required for this performace in Laxson Auditorium. Prices range from $25-$37 and are available online or at the University Box Office 898-6333. Click here to buy tickets now to Ozomatli.

More information about Ozomatli, audio, video and a link to high resolution photos are available here.

Chico World Music Festival
FREE Daytime Performances

Acoustic Grateful Dead music (11 am & 1:30 pm)

Old Man Luedecke
Banjo Songster (11:30 am & 3 pm)

Lady Bianca
Blues Singer (12 pm & 2 pm)

Rupa & The April Fishes
Global Pop (12:30 pm & 2:30 pm)

Markus James & The Wassonrai
Malian & Delta Blues (1 pm & 3:30 pm)
Ruby Hollow
Hot Pogo Folk (11 am & 1:30 pm)

Handful of Luvin
Fiddle Driven Roots Rock (11:30 am & 2 pm)

Rahim AlHaj
World Music on the Oud (12 pm & 2:30 pm)

Laura Love Duo
Folk-Funk & Afro-Celtic (12:30 pm & 3 pm)

The Nigerian Brothers
African Highlife Music (1 pm & 3:30 pm)

*Full descriptions of each performer are available here.
FREE Kids Stage Performances
Mulan Jr.
Songs & Scenes from Blue Room Jr. (12 pm)

Chico School of Rock Student Exhibition
Teen Rock (1:30 pm)

Chico School of Rock: Percussion, & Hip-Hop (3 pm)
Mulan Jr.
Songs & Scenes from Blue Room Jr. (12 pm)

Storytime with Adrienne Scott
Baba Yaga Tales(1:30 pm)

Julian Salberg/Sid & Marius Blues Duo
Singer Songwriter & Rock Duo (3 pm)

*Full descriptions of each event are available here.

FREE Art Classes
for Children & Adults

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the tent on the Kendall Hall Lawn.

art center

Hosted by Chico Art Center

Saturday, September 18:
Ben Saturen
Puzzle Art Pursuit (11 - 1:30 pm)
Expand your drawing skills using a drawing guide to reveal creatures hidden in a puzzle.  A fun drawing exercise for the child in you--no matter what your real age is!
Kari Zigan
Butterflies (2-4 pm)
Make butterflies using watercolors and oil pastels.
Sunday, September 19:
Debra Simpson
Fans (11:30-1:30 pm)
Personalize and design your own fan using several media including paints, crayons, and pastels.
Erin Wells
Paper Beads (2-4 pm)
Learn how to make paper beads.  You will be supplied with cut paper, glue sticks, extra decorative beads and hemp cording to make necklaces, anklets or bracelets. 
FREE Crafts for Kids

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the magnolia tree in front of Laxson Auditorium.

Hosted by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico.

Critter Art
  • Fossil Painting and Rubbings
  • Bug Garden Collage
  • Loon Necklaces
  • Southwest Mimbres Culture Animal Game
Maskmaking and Music Making
  • Decorate your own Mask
  • Paint your own Maraca or Wooden Clapper and join in the World Music experience
The Sustainability Experience
  • Mock Oil Spill Clean Up -  find out what it takes to clean off our stuffed animal team when they have been victims of an oil spill!
  • Clay Explorations- roll, pound, cut and more with the wonderful feeling of natural clay from Mother Earth.
  • Shaving Cream Squeeze- This is the ultimate in clean fun!
Grab Bag
  • Surprises from the back of the art cabinet
*The above activities will rotate throughout the weekend and may not always be available.

Global Artisans

International Food and Art Vendors


The Sawmill Puppets

Photo Gallery

Click here to see images from the 2009 Chico World Music Festival!