What’s going on? April 12-18

A weekly preview of Butte County arts and fun

The Rivenoak chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism welcomes newcomers at this Sunday's meeting in Bidwell Park.

What happening this week? Chico News & Review has you covered with highlights of what’s on tap at local clubs, theaters, galleries and performance venues. Visit the CN&R’s FREE online calendar for all of the listings in Butte County.

Derrien headlines the Goodforthesoul Music Fest at Idea Fab Labs on April 12.

Goodforthesoul Music Festival

Friday, April 12, 5-11pm
Idea Fab Labs
603 Orange St.

If you’re a local music fan who says to oneself, “Where are the new local bands at? I wanna hear some new original music!” Tonight (April 12) is your lucky night. The Goodforthesoul Music Festival going down at the IFL compound is an all-ages shindig featuring 16 young, mostly brand-spanking-new, local artists. The brainchild behind the production is Chico musician Derrien Evans. As it says in his Spotify bio: “I’m not a rapper; I’m an artist,” and the Carson native (who does rap, and sing) is in Chico for college. While here, he’s gotten busy organizing regular mini-music festivals under the Goodforthesoul banner. Tonight’s shindig features everyone from Derrien to new local indie band People at the Grocery Store. All for only 5 bucks!

Rivenoak Newcomers Event

Saturday, April 13, 10am-4pm
Cedar Grove
Bidwell Park

Are you LARP curious? Our local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), the Barony of Rivenoak, would like to invite you to the wilds of Bidwell for their their day-long newcomers event (Saturday, April 12, 10am-4pm): The Baronesses Tellina and Miriam graciously invite you all to join the Barony in a full day of exploring the SCA, with demonstrations and activities of all types including a Scavenger Hunt, Combat Exhibition activities (Heavy and Rapier), Games, Arts and Sciences, Bardic and all other revelry for all ages!


Saturday, April 13, 8pm
Lost On Main
319 Main St

Thinking of hitting the dance floor at Lost on Main for the Orgone show Saturday (April 13)? Check your booty first. Seriously, do some stretches then swing the hips this way, then the other. Everything in order? All parts in working condition? Alright, you can head downtown and step into the funk-meets-California-soul groove of this hot LA band (but do some more stretches when you get there). Tickets: $20-$25.

Kite Day

Sunday, April 14, noon-3pm
Community Park
1900 Dr. MLK Jr. Parkway

Spring has kind of been arriving like a lion, with rainstorms returning every other week or so. That’s probably good news for Kite Day. As long as its not raining during the event (and there’s a chance this year), the movement of storms brings winds that keep the hundreds of brightly colored kites flying above the large expanse of green fields in Community Park. Bring the kids Sunday, April 14, noon-3pm, and enjoy a trackless train ride, live music, food court, games and bounce houses … and bring your kite!

Slocan Ramblers

Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm
Chico Women’s Club (presented by KZFR)
592 E. Third St.

Bluegrass from the Great White North, eh? You bet. The Slocan Ramblers hail from Toronto, and our community radio station KZFR is hosting the award-winning crew—fresh off its debut at the Grand Ole Opry—at the Chico Women’s Club, Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm. Tickets: $17-$20

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