CSU, Chico News

Chico Performances Announces 2008–2009 Season of Performers

Date: 06-04-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Daran Goodsell
Marketing Coordinator
Chico Performances

During its annual “Thank-You” party in May, Chico Performances announced its 2008–2009 season performances. Asleep at the Wheel, the multiple Grammy-winning Country Western swing band, will kick off the season beginning on Aug. 27, and the final performance in May 2009 will be a children’s production of “Beauty and The Beast Jr.”

Highlights of the upcoming season include Linda Ronstadt, performing with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano; an evening with Lily Tomlin; “Nunsense,” starring Sally Struthers; and musicians Natalie MacMaster, David Grisman and John Sebastian. Tommy Emmanuel will headline the annual Chico World Music Festival.

For families, Chico Performances is offering family performances including the Peking Acrobats and Mad Science presents CSI: Live! For those who are interested in dance shows, Chico Performances will be bringing “The Nutcracker” as the annual holiday ballet, The Best of Momix and Ailey II.

Jazz groups on the lineup include Preservation Hall Jazz Band, SF JAZZ Collective and ICONS: Turtle Island String Quartet featuring Cyrus Chestnut. For lovers of symphonic music, the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas will visit Laxson.

For those who enjoy Americana music, David Grisman and John Sebastian will be performing together. Other musical performances include Leo Kottke and Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Craven and Laura Love and Orville Johnson, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, and Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum with Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem.

For world music aficionados, Chico Performances is bringing the Soweto Gospel Choir, a performance by the Afro-Cuban All Stars and Dya Singh, world music group from Australia.

Series tickets (one ticket to at least six different performances) will go on sale July 1. Individual tickets will go on sale Aug. 4.

A video season preview is available at the Chico performances Web site at www.chicoperformances.com. More information on these upcoming performances will be added to the Web site within a few weeks.