2012 Chico World Music Festival!


You are invited to the 19th annual 

Chico World Music Festival, which kicks off on 

Friday, September 14 with a night performance 

by kings of swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

at Laxson Auditorium. 


The Chico World Music Festival moves to the 

Laxson Lawns, Taylor Hall and Sycamore Stage on

   Saturday, September 15 till Sunday, September 16. 


10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. |CSU, Chico

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Free Daytime Performances 


Reckoning - Dead Grass (11am & 1:30pm)
West African Highlife Band
- Dancing Highlife (11:30am & 2pm)
Olov Johansson & Catriona McKay
- Scottish Harp meets Swedish Nyckelharpa (12pm & 2:30pm)
 Mamajowali w/Joe Craven
- String Wizards (12:30pm & 3pm)
 Sambaguru w/Katia Moraes
- Brazilian Dance (1pm & 3:30pm)


Kids Stage

 Suzuki Youth Fiddlers (10:30 - 11am)

The Woman Who Outshone The Sun - Mi Esquilitia Maya (noon - 12:30pm)

 Playhouse Youth Theatre (1:30 - 2pm)

 Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. - Blue Room Young Co. (3 - 3:30pm)



Los Caballitos de la Cancion - Acoustic Mexico & Spain (11am & 1:30pm)

 Incendio - Latin Guitar/World Fusion (11:30am & 2pm)

MaMuse - Vocal Bliss (12pm & 2:30pm)

Ha 'Penny Bridge - Celtic (12:30pm & 3pm)

LoCura - Flamenco, Reggae & Rumba (1pm & 3:30pm)

Kids Stage 

Chico School of Rock - Student Performances (10:30 - 11am)
Blue Oak School
- Strings & Choir (noon - 12:30pm)
Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
- Blue Room Young Co. (1:30 - 2pm)
Playhouse Youth Theatre
(3 - 3:30pm)


Free Activities For Everyone! 
- Kendall & Laxson Lawns- 

Gitta Brewster - "Making Paper Flowers" (11:30 - 1:30)

Paper flowers made out of coffee filters, sprayed with watercolor and attached to a skewer.  Watch beautiful flowers come to life right before your eyes.


Erin Wells - "Tubular Flower Holders" (2:00 - 4:00)

Paper flower holders, created from paper tubes with designs done using colored markers and sparkling glued jewels....A fun project for the child in you--no matter what your real age is!



Debra Simpson - "Designing Mobile Elements" (11:30 - 1:30)

Let you imagination run wild as you create dazzling hanging mobile pieces.  Create jungle animals, stars and moons, or whatever your heart desires. You will be supplied with paper, glue sticks, decorative beads, crayons, etc. to help you get started. 


Molly Littlebird - "Putting Together a Mobile"  (2:00 - 4:00)

Personalize and design your Mobile as you put together pieces that you created earlier in the day. You can also create your mobile elements and put your mobile together in one setting.  Hang this fun project in your home for hours of enjoyment.

   Hosted by:

 Crafts For Kids


Fossil Painting | Rock Art | Maskmaking | Maya Amulets

Clay Creations | Sand Art | Build Your Own Dragon

Rubber Stamping 

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Fun and Interactive Games for All Ages!

Hosted By: 

Blue Oak School

a K-8 Waldorf-Inspired Public Charter School 




"Sounds Like Science..."  


Have you ever wondered about the relationship between music and science? 


Gateway Science Museum offers an exploration into a symphony of sound at the Chico World Music Festival, 2012.


Create a "rain stick", a "sound sandwich" or  bang away on some unique PVC drums!  Stop by the Gateway booth to explore the inner workings of unique musical instruments and discover how to make your own! 

Hosted By: 

 Ethnomusicology: Exploring the Melodies of Culture, 

& The Alan Lomax Film Festival, 

with a performance by the Sonic Ukes & Chico Hula


Saturday, September 15

11:30-12:30   Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Series - Jazz Parades

1:00-2:00       The Sonic Ukes and Chico Hula Club perform

2:30-3:30       Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Series - Appalachian Journey


Sunday, September 16

11:30-12:30   Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Series - Cajun Country  

1:00-2:00       Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Series - The Land Where the Blues Began

2:30-3:30       Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Series - Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old


More on the Alan Lomax Film Festival:

"From 1978 to 1985 [American ethnomusicologist and folklorist] Alan Lomax traveled the American South and Southwest with a television crew to document regional folklore with deep historical roots. From the resulting 500 hours of footage Lomax wrote, produced, directed, and narrated five one-hour documentary films focused on African American, Appalachian, and Cajun music and dance.


These five films were broadcast on PBS in 1991 under the  title "American Patchwork Series." The series title and the films themselves illustrate Alan Lomax's conviction that "America has a patchwork culture made of the dreams and songs of all its people."


More on the Sonic Ukes & Chico Hula:

The Sonic Ukes are an ensemble ukulele group.  Dr. Hope Smith, an ethnomusicologist who works at CSU, Chico, and who helped curate the Ethnomusicology exhibit, performs in this group. The Chico Hula Club performs hula dances to the Sonic Ukes music.  


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(In the museum, in the breezeway of the Meriam Library)   
Dont Miss Out! 
2012 Chico World Music Festival Headliner!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Retro Swing / Chico World Music Festival 

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

Kicking off the 19th annual Chico World Music Festival, BBVD will bring their good time swing spirit to Laxson...more.

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