Season Preview

Chico Performances has announced the 2012-2013 season!
As a way to thank you for being a loyal patron and friend by providing us with your email address, we are giving you a first look at performers who will be coming to Laxson Auditorium this coming year.

 Click here for the 2012-2013
Season Listing!

Don't forget to mark your calendars with these important dates:

Monday, July 2: Series Ticket Sales | 11 a.m.
  • A series ticket is 1 ticket to 6 or more performances (a maximum of 10 tickets per performance).
  • Phone orders will be accepted after noon on July 3. 

Wednesday, August 1: Individual Ticket Sales | 11 a.m.

  • Tickets will be available online, by phone and walk-up. 
Phone: 530-898-6333  
Walk-up: University Box Office
(corner of 2nd St. & Normal Ave.)

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A "Sneak Peek" of the 12-13 Season

The Avett Brothers
America & Alt. Rock

Wednesday, August 22 | 7:30 p.m.

The Avett Brothers promise rootsy, raw rock, laced with folk, country, pop, and bluegrass, - a combination of..... more.

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

An Evening of Bluegrass & Comedy

Tuesday, August 28 | 7:30 p.m.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers last Laxson performance was an evening to remember.... more.
Ziggy Marley
Wild & Free Tour

Wednesday, September 5 | 7:30 p.m.

Ziggy Marley, son of Bob and former front man for the Marley siblings band... more.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Retro Swing

Friday, September 14 | 7:30 p.m.

BBVD plays swing music with a fusion of jazz, Dixieland, and big-band. This beboopin', high voltage... more.

Don Gonyea

NPR Political Correspondent

Thursday, September 20 | 7:30 p.m.

Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent who travels the world reporting on political... more.
Elvis Costello
Special Solo Performance 

Tuesday, September 25 | 7:30 p.m.

Elvis' musical curiosity has led him from British punk and new wave to classical, jazz and American roots... more.

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett

Little Feat Guitarists

Thursday, September 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Little Feat guitarists Paul and Fred have toured together for nearly three decades... more. 

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Blue Room Young Company

Wednesday, October 3 | 7:30 p.m.

In this whimsical musical by kids, for kids, the talented young performers... more.

Robert Glennon: Unquenchable

Book in Common

Friday, October 5 | 7:30 p.m.

The water we depend on to drink, bathe, water our lawns, grow our food, operate our factories... more.

Shaolin Warriors
Kung Fu Spectacular

Wednesday, October 10 | 7:30 p.m.

The Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill and spectacular imagery of Kung Fu... more.

In the Footsteps of Django

Gypsy Jazz Masters

Friday, October 12 | 7:30 p.m.

Nephew of Django, Germany's Gypsy Jazz master, Lulo Reinhardt leads his Latin Swing Project... more.

Doc Severinsen & the San Miguel 5
Latin Jazz

Thursday, October 18 | 7:30 p.m.

Eighty-three-year-old Doc Severinsen is one of the great trumpeters of our time... more.

 Reduced Shakespeare Company
Comedy & Satire

Friday, October 26 | 7:30 p.m.

From Washington to Watergate and from New World to New World Order... more.

An Evening w/ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Country Folk Rock

Saturday, October 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Forerunners of the popular Country Rock/American Roots/Bluegrass style of music...  more.

 A Chorus Line
Broadway Musical

Saturday, November 3 | 7:30 p.m.

A full Broadway production! For 17 dancers, an audition, in an empty theater, on a bare stage... more.

Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Prize 

Monday, November 5 | 7:30 p.m.

The first Muslim woman and first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Iran's first female judge... more.

 B.B. King
King of the Blues

Wednesday, November 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Since 1960, there has been only one "King of the Blues" - B.B. King.Winner of 15 Grammy's... more.


Ballet Folklórico de Mexico
Mexico's Celebration of Music & Dance

Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30 p.m.

Mexico's finest dance ensemble takes to the stage with gorgeous costumes, exciting dance... more.

Angélique Kidjo
Africa's Premier Diva

Thursday, November 15 | 7:30 p.m.

Angelique Kidjo is Africa's most celebrated female musician with 11 critically acclaimed... more.

 Punch Brothers
Progressive Bluegrass

Tuesday, November 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Led by incomparable mandolinist Chris Thile, this quintet combines folk, bluegrass... more.

Danú: Christmas in Ireland
Irish Celtic Holiday

Tuesday, December 4 | 7:30 p.m.

A high-energy Celtic celebration from the Emerald Isle, the music of Danú offers an authentic Irish... more.

Comedy Pet Theater
Juggling, Clowns & Crazy Pet Antics

Wednesday, December 5 | 7:30 p.m.

As seen on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and America's Got Talent, Comedy Pet Theater blends comedy... more.

Sweet Honey In The Rock
Grammy-winning a Cappella

Friday, December 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Committed to sweet and nurturing music (honey) from the enduring strength of African-American...  more.


Chico Community Ballet

Thursday - Sunday, December 13 - 16

Celebrate Chico Community Ballet's 33rd season with the timeless Christmas ballet classic... more.

Clint Black Trio
Country Legend

Tuesday, January 22 | 7:30 p.m.

Country music superstar Clint Black has earned his place as one of the most successful artists... more.

Golden Dragon Acrobats
Fabulous Chinese Acrobats

Wednesday, January 23 | 7:30 p.m.

A thrill for the whole family, this 21-member company showcases incredible athletic feats... more.

Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Giant Dinosaur Puppets

Wednesday, January 30 | 7:30 p.m.

Erth's amazing prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinosaurs to teeth-gnashing giants... more.

Tommy Emmanuel
Guitar Virtuoso

Friday, February 1 | 7:30 p.m.

Chico's favorite guitarist returns to Laxson Auditorium once again. Tommy will be showcasing... more.

Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory
Comedic Acrobats & Gymnastics

Wednesday, February 6 | 7:30 p.m.

Imagine a magical place where workers are acrobats, the machines power high-flying trapeze stunts... more.

Whose Live Anyway?
Comedy Improv

Thursday, February 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the hilarious live improv comedy show Whose Live Anyway? promises to rock... more.

Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars

Hot Cuban Jazz

Tuesday, February 12 | 7:30 p.m.

When it comes to Cuban music, Juan de Marcos has worked with the best... more.

Russia's Premier Symphony

Thursday, February 14 | 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating Valentine's Day, the extraordinary Russian National Orchestra is a living embodiment...  more.

Eric Bibb & Habib Koité
Brothers in Bamako

Sunday, February 17 | 7:30 p.m.

Malian singer-guitarist Habib Koité and American blues-man Eric Bibb join forces... more.

Paco Peña
Flamenco Guitar & Dance

Wednesday, February 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Paco Pe
ña's Flamenco Vivo is a red hot and spicy musical journey that explores... more.

Calder Quartet
Classical & Contemporary String Quartet

Wednesday, February 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Performing a broad range of repertoire with exceptional musical virtuosity is what... more.


African Children's Choir
Peace through Dance & Song

Sunday, March 3 | 7:30 p.m.

Twenty-four children's voices lift in unison, their message undeniably clear. They are singing of hope... more. 

Yuval Ron Ensemble

World Music

Saturday, March 9 | 7:30 p.m.

Yuval Ron is a Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician, international composer, record producer... more.

 Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Jazz, Hip-Hop & Modern Dance

Thursday, March 14 | 7:30 p.m.

Showcasing the Afro-American point of view, the Lula Washington Dance Theater tells tales... more.

Rhythm of the Dance

National Dance Company of Ireland

Saturday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the finest Irish step dance companies in the world... more.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis

Big Band Jazz

Wednesday, March 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the world's finest jazz orchestra comprised of 15 of the hottest jazz... more.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Native American Singer/Songwriter

Friday, March 22 | 7:30 p.m.

Academy Award-winner and inductee in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame... more.

Keeping Dance Alive!

Eclectic Dance Concert

Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.  |  Saturday, April 6, 2:00 p.m. 

Keeping Dance Alive! celebrates the diversity of dance, from ballet to hip-hop, modern jazz... more.

Menopause the Musical

Broadway Musical

Sunday, April 7 | 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Four women meet at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss... more.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 

Taking the Uke Where It Has Never Gone

Thursday, April 11 | 7:30 p.m.

OK, traditional Hawaiian ukulele it's not, but "wow!" what players. England's Ukulele Orchestra is a funny.... more. 

Ray Kurzweil

Author, Scientist, Inventor & Futurist

Friday, April 12 | 7:30 p.m.

Acknowledged in the same breath as Edison, Einstein, and Franklin... more.

Contemporary Modern Dance

Thursday, May 9 | 7:30 p.m.

Paul Taylor has been creating innovative and cutting edge modern dance for over 57 years... more. 

The Little Mermaid Jr.

Playhouse Youth Theatre

Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30 p.m.

In a magical kingdom below the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home...more.

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