Chico is fortunate to have many talented musicians living in the area. Residents in Chico and across Northern California have enjoyed the musical talents of local artists performing at small venues in Chico and across the region, for years.
We have also been spoiled by the touring acts from across the nation and around the world that perform at the larger clubs, theaters and showrooms in our area. Like many of you, we here at the music calendar project are proud of the history of the music scene in Chico and across Northern California, and seek to support it.
Info About Bands In Chico
Want to learn more info about bands in Chico? Good. We have collected a bit of information on local artists, and bands and we want to share it with you. Scroll this page and check out band tabs for more info. The bands are listed alphabetically, and more band info is being added all the time.
The Alice Peake Experience fashions themselves as a musical time machine. Formed in 2002 by 3 local educators, the current band has grown to seven members.
This unique band made up of musician/educators performs family friendly tunes ranging from classic rock to pop, folk, blues, country, reggae, kids music and some current cover of popular tunes.
The Alice Peake Experience past performances include numerous local elementary school carnivals, school benefit concerts, farmers markets, bazaars and festivals of all kinds.
Lineup: Ernie Witt – vocals, steel drums, guitar; Kevin Barry – vocals, guitar; Alice Peake – vocals, flute, panpipes, pennywhistles; Campbell Church – lead guitar; Huntley Hornback – vocals, bass guitar; Jim Miller – vocals, mandolin; and Mike Smith – drums.
You’ll love the music of Alli Battaglia and the Musical Brewing Company. Enjoy the sonic riffs of Brian “Gravy” Asher’s guitar work. And bask in the soulful expressions of lead singer, Alli Battaglia. The band performs a mix of danceable original tunes and rock covers. | Band Members – Alli Battaglia – vocals, guitar, Brain Asher – guitar, Glenn Tucker – keyboards, background vocals, Jose Lopez – drums.
Aubrey Debauchery and The Broken Bones
Big Mo and the Full Moon Band
A full band sound with seven regular players, and occasional sit in performers, Big Mo and his band performs the blues. Their style ranges from a country-blues sound all the way to stricter blues interpretations, in their arrangements, all held together by Big Mo’s signature, soulful voice. Their shows are high energy events, so bring your dancing shoes, and prepared shake your thing!
Big Mo and the Full Moon Band is a based in Paradise, California, and often hits the road for tour dates. Originally from Germany, the band has made a second home, here on the west coast. Additional information can be found on their website.
Current Lineup: ‘Big Mo’ Maurice Huffman – guitar, Richard Moore – guitar, Patrick Hilton – trumpet, Eric Weber – saxophone, Steve Valine (U.S. shows) – pedal steel, Dave Matson, bass, and Hal Race – drums…and guest appearances by Volker Strifler – guitar. Joshua Hegg – Keyboards (U.S. shows)
Bonny Scott is a rockin’ tribute band to the Bon Scott era of AC/DC. Their show is in your face rock n’ roll from the moment the music starts! If you like AC/DC you will love this act. Be sure to catch Bonny Scott’s next performance. Bonny Scott was formed by several talented, veteran Chico musicians to power rock you with the music of AC/DC. They have more information on their website.
Lineup: Heavymetal Mandi – vocals, Loki Miller, lead guitar, Aaron Lyon – rhythm guitar, Simon Langley – bass, Mike Erpino – drums
Chico West African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Full of energy, rhythms, and motion this dance and drum ensemble is not to be missed. The Chico West African Dance and Drum Ensemble’s music and drums are led by Griot Lansana Kouyate. The Dance Ensemble is led by Tania Camara.
Performers – Drummers: Lansana Kouyate (bala, djembe); Ben Isaacs (dununs, djembe)
Dancers: Tania Camara, Robin Blue, Francesca Fillmore, Jean Christopherson, Jarynna Chua, Eartha Shanti, Renee Rushing, Aisha Camara,
Chris Schadt Band
The Chris Schadt band is not actively performing on any longer. Led by it’s namesake. Chris is joined by Calvin Daley on drums, Johnny Lombardo on bass, and Dorrie Keefe on keyboards, percussion, and vocals. Other musicians have sat-in on occasion, most notably, Tom Wagner performed with the band on a seasonal basis. Currently, The Chris Schadt band performs at a few private events, each year.
Lineup: Chris Schadt, guitar, vocals, Dorrie Keefe, keyboards, percussion, vocals, Johnny Lombardo, bass, Calvin Daley, drums
The Double Zero Band perform Cajun rock, rock oldies, and the tunes of Fats Domino. They can be found performing at local festivals, special events in and around the Chico area. Double Zero Band has more information on their Reverbnation page.
Band mates Zach, and Pablo once played the streets of New Orleans prior to returning to Chico, where they added band members Paul, Mary, Dave, and Richard.
Current Lineup: Zach, Pablo, Paul, Mary, Dave, Richard
Dylan’s Dharma has their musical roots in our local community with nearly all the members coming from local musical families. The sheer size of the band garuntees that Dylans’ Dharma brings energy to the stage each set they perform. One of the best bands to catch your groove and dance to, listening to Dylan’s Dharma will find shaking your thing on the dance floor before you know it.
Dylans Dharma combines sounds from rock to reggae. The band’s music is laced with accordions, mandolins, and rich percussion adding additional texture to all their music. Catch them when you can as they often perform at local clubs, festivals and benefit events.
Gravybrain, led by the guitar work of Brian ‘Gravy’ Asher bases themselves in Chico, California and perform at local clubs, benefits, and festivals around the region. GravyBrain also performs each year at the Burning Man Festival.Be sure to catch a show, and get hooked on Gravy! You can find more information on their Facebook page.
Lineup: Brian “Gravy” Asher – guitar, vocals, Capt. Danger – bass, vocals, Glenn Tucker – keyboard, vocals Mega Drocket – drums
Jeff Pershing Band
The Jeff Pershing Band performs at festivals, benefits, and local clubs, pubs, and bars around the region. Influenced by blues, funk, rock, reggae, Afro pop, and Latin Jazz the band always keeps people moving on the dance floor.
Jeff has toured extensively opening for musical giants and performing around the world. He is also multi-year winner of the CAMMIE in the funk/jam category. It’s always a good show when you see the Jeff Pershing Band perform. You can learn more about Jeff and his band at the .
Lineup: Jeff Pershing on guitar, vocals, Rick Hatch – keyboards, Chas Hansen – bass, David Hordienko – drums, Eric weber – sax, and Jeff Daub – trumpet.
Other players: Jonathan Stoyanoff, bass, Eric Weber, saxophone, Chris Henderson, bass, Tyler Coates, drums.
Lisa Valentine and The Unloveables
This nine piece band is driven to create the sounds of passionate contemporary and traditional latin music blending sounds from Mexico, South America and Spain. The band has multiple vocalists as well as an accordion player, adding just the right touch to their sound. The Los Caballitos de la Canción website has more band info including upcoming performances. Check it out!
MaMuse is Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker. They are based in Chico, California sharing their inspiring music at festivals, special events across America. MaMuse’s music is both peaceful, and inspiring and welcoming for the entire family. The joy of their music shines through at every performance. Mike Wolfchuck and Gordy Ohlinger join the ladies to provide percussion and string instrumentation, respectively, on some of their music.
Moes Family Band
The Moes Family Band is a four-piece acoustic family band that is located in Chico. They have performed campy fun music for the whole family at summer music festivals in California, and Oregon. Performing a mix of folk, family, and Americana music, each performance is fun, and memorable as families gather to watch, dance, listen, and sing along.
The Moes Family Band is: Adam Moes – vocals, banjo, percussion, Dena Moes – vocals, guitar, Bella Moes – vocals, violin, Sophia Moes – vocals, percussion
The band is currently on hiatus busy being a super fun-loving family.
Mystic Roots shows are large dance parties performed with a mix of reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall sounds to keep you moving. Mystic Roots brings a positive message to their performances, and much more information is available on their web site. Mystic Roots has returned to their home town in 2010 after several years of making music based in Southern California.
The band originally formed in Chico by college friends back in 1996, and Mystic Roots continues to tour today performing at large clubs and music festivals while not forgetting their roots and still performing at smaller clubs as well as public, and private events in Chico.
Lineup: Katherine Ramirez – vocals, Cootdog – vocals, keyboards, Nixon – guitar, Dane-Jah – bass, and A-Dub – drums
Other musicians: Nicki Sierra – vocals, Chris Henderson – bass
The Pub Scouts are a long-running Irish ensemble that gathers weekly to play music. The band also plays select events and regional music festivals throughout the year.
Since it’s a great way to start your weekend, be sure to catch the Pub Scouts on any Friday afternoon at Duffy’s Tavern as they gather to play music you’ll love. With the core group that gathers weekly, the Pub Scouts provide travelling musicians an opportunity to sit-in and perform with them, so while any week can be a special event, it’s always a treat.
Driven by the music of Africa, the Caribbean, India and more, Soul Union creates a unique sound not often heard in the United States. The music Soul Union creates is an exciting, eclectic sound that is both danceable, and intriguing. Wrapped with lyrics that inspire, Soul Union’s music makes people move their body!
Having formed in the bay area, Soul Union is currently located in Chico, CA. Founded by Greg Fletcher, and Johnny Dutro, the band performs at music festival, and events across Northern California. You can find out more about Soul Union by visiting their website.
Lineup: Johnny Dutro, Greg Fletcher, Karamo Susso, Jonathan Stoyanoff, Dan Metoyer, Lelainia Brochu
Other Performers: Zach Cowen, Scott Barwick, Fallon Daily, Ben Isaacs, and others.
Swamp Zen was formed in the winter of 2007, after several friends performing in other local bands gathered, and jammed together. They perform original material along with danceable cover songs which is inspired by a mix of funk, jazz, Latin and country. Swamp Zen is based in Chico, California performs at venues in California and Nevada throughout the year.
Lineup: Doug Stein – vocals, guitar, Steve Hoffman – percussion, Dustin Roehder – guitar, vocals, Andy King – keyboards, Troy Dye – bass, Noel Carvalho – drums
Other musicians: Jeff Daub – trumpet, Saul Henson – guitar, vocals, Brian ‘Gravy’ Asher – guitar, Gary Dutra – guitar, Sloan Tash – guitar, Chad Kelley – guitar, Mike ‘Snake’ Howe – bass, Curtis Peldo – bass, Jonathan Stoyanoff – bass, Rob Lamonica – keyboards, Glenn Tucker – keyboards, Sid Lewis – banjo, Mike Waltz – drums, Johnny Kind – drums
From their website, “Drawing inspiration from the likes of John Scofield, MMW, Garaj Mahal, the Headhunters, and Phish, the Northern California quintet takes listeners on a spirited journey that must be seen live in order to fully appreciate the level of musicianship and soul they bring to every show they play. Find out more on the Bumptet’s website.
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The Railflowers are a female acoustic band that performs music that soothes the soul. Performing a mix of Americana, and folk, their music is laced with harmonies, and is music suited for the entire family.
Growing up in Northern California, listening and singing to their mother’s favorite music. you can now hear The Railflowers perform tour and perform at music festivals. Originally forming in 2009, the Railflowers are loved by local audiences. Be sure to look for The Railflowers performing, real soon! You can find more information on their website.
Lineup: Beth Knight – vocals, mandolin, guitar, Hannah Knight – vocals, banjo, Ellen Knight – vocals, guitar, percussion, Emma Blankenship – bass
Other performers: Jack Knight – bass
Three Fingers Whiskey
Describing themselves as performing original roots based California country music, Three Fingers Whiskey mixes older country standards with original music to fill the dance floor. Three Fingers Whiskey performs at local clubs, festivals, and benefit events around the region.
Lineup: Jade Hopkins – guitar, vocals, Jason Beltz – guitar, vocals, Lindsay Beltz – keyboard, vocals, Mike Riley, bass, background vocals, Dyami Klein – drums
Other players: George Buck vocals, Jimmy Fay, drums, vocals
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Wolf Thump is a rhythm ensemble based in Chico that regularly performs at festivals, community benefits, and local events. Their performances are not to be missed as the enthusiastic drummers drive dancers to dance. Wolf Thump is a spectacle to see, as the performers show you how much they love what they do!
Formed by Mike Wofchuck, here is a partial list of the ensemble: Mike Wofchuck, David Dragonboy Sutherland, Ayrian Dilts, Alicia Jacob, Emilia Rose, Eartha Shanti, Karisha Longacker, Sarah Nutting, Daebin Gilmore.
Bands No Longer Performing
Formed in Chico in 1992, Electric Circus garnered local awards, and were recognized in the top 100 jam-bands during the resurgence of the musical style in the 1990’s. ‘Circus’ shows were huge dance parties with hundreds of people in attendance. At a festival, bar, or private party there was much fun to be had by all. Electric Circus no longer actively performs. However, they once toured the west coast during their run as a jam band.
Lineup: Saul Henson – guitar, vocals, Gary Dutra – guitar, vocals, Chris Henderson – bass, vocals, Mike Waltz, drums, vocals.
Brain Asher – guitar, Rich Ziegler – guitar, Dave Hankins – guitar, Derek Zane – guitar, vocals, Rob Lamonica – keyboards, Don Scott – keyboards, vocals, Mike Newman – saxophone, Eric Weber – saxophone, Jon Van Berkum – trumpet, Jeff Daub – trumpet, Troy Williams – harmonica, Mark D’Antonio – percussion, Brett Gray – drums, Dave Breed – drums
Guest vocalist: Ali Weiss
Backup-singers: Gina Tropea, Jen Liam, Robin Bunce
Original lineup: Saul Henson – guitar, vocals, Brian ‘Gravy’ Asher – guitar, Chris Henderson – bass, Brett Gray – drums
Sid Lewis’ band, Crazygrass, has performed at many of the major music festivals along the west coast. The sizzling bluegrass style that is a signature of Sid’s performances, is the highlight of the band. Crazygrass performed for many years, but has not actively performed in recent years.
The band was based located in Chico, California, and most recently performed at local benefit events.
Band Members included: Sid Lewis – banjo, vocals, Brett Johnson – guitar, vocals, Johnny Lombardo – bass, Dave Breed – drums, vocals, as well as, Doug Stein, Jeff Daub, Gary Dutra, Jett Bronson, Dave Silva all contributing to the band during it’s run.
Seeks To Help Local Bands
With this page the music calendar project seeks to help local bands by providing relevant details about local musicians, artists, and bands in Chico. Do you know of a band we need to list on our band page? Pass the word, so that your favorite band is everyone’s!