Chico WOrld Music Festival


September 12 & 13, 2014

CSU Chico
Kick Off Performance — Friday, September 12 at Laxson Auditorium
Free Festival — Saturday, September 13 on the Lawns at Chico State

Friday Night Kick-Off Performance



Kicking off the Chico World Music Festival

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

Laxson Auditorium
$16 Adult | $14 Senior | $10 Youth | $10 Chico State Student

"Funkadesi really knows how to get a crowd fired up. There's a lot of funk in that desi." — Barack Obama

Funkadesi's mantra is "one world—one music," and they bring their positive musical message to the 21st annual Chico World Music Festival. Mixing reggae, Indian ragas, and Latin and African rhythm with funk and soul, this 10-member multi-cultural group of musicians creates a beautiful stew of sound. Funkadesi is the six-time winner of Best World Music Ensemble at the Chicago Music Awards, and the Toronto Star calls them "the ideal party band." Funkadesi is sure to get the Chico World Music Festival off to a good start.

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.


ON ENSEMBLE — 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. — Los Angeles-based taiko drumming ensemble fearlessly takes the tradition in new directions.
KARTIK SESHADRI — 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. — known internationally for his sitar playing, Seshadri is a leading force in Indian music.
MASTERS OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC: Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr.& “Uncle” Richard Ho’opi’i — 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. — Grammy winners and National Endowment for the Arts masters share music, stories, culture, and joy.
LOS CABALLITOS DE LA CANCIÓN — 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. — “The Little Horses of the Song” fuse Latin styles from South America, Mexico, and Spain.
MOSSY CREEK BAND — 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. — Bluegrass/Americana

Kids Stage

10:30–11 a.m. PLAYHOUSE YOUTH THEATRE: Children's Musicals: Selected Songs & Scenes
12–12:30 p.m. LOS TAMBORES DE CHAPMAN: World Drumming
12:30–1 p.m. ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.: Blue Room Young Company
2–2:30 p.m. WORLD DANCE: Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Performing Program
2:30–3 p.m. TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FOLK DANCE: Ballet Folklorico de Chico
4–4:30 p.m. FIDDLERS FANTASTIC: Young Fiddlers Group
4:30–5 p.m. DANCA LUZ & CHILDREN’S WORLD DANCE: Brazilian Dance

Festival Features

FREE CRAFTS FOR KIDS hosted by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
  • Rock Art
  • Mask Making
  • Maya Amulets
  • Pirate Pastels
  • Clay Creations
  • Rubber Stamping
FREE ART CLASSES for adults and children hosted by the Chico Art Center
  • Scratch Jungle Glasses
  • Masks
  • Mobiles
  • Collage
INTERACTIVE SCIENCE BOOTH hosted by the Gateway Science Museum
The Science of Singing: create a kazoo!

International food, and the giant, strolling Sawmill Puppets.