Live Music & Dance 2024

In addition to all the art, art demos, activities for kids, food and coffee trucks, and the margaritas, the Chico ART Festival will feature music and dance on the main stage with tables and a margarita bar under a big tent outdoors at St John’s Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave, in Chico.  

Here is our Live Music & Dance Line Up:

Friday, May 10 | 4 pm to 8:30 pm – art booths open at 4 pm and close at 8pm

SOUL POSSE | Chico ART Festival 2024

Friday, May 10 | 6:00 pm |  SOUL POSSE
SOUL POSSE loves playing music together, and surprising us with new songs at all of their Dance Parties! ‘Rev’ Nels Corwin on vocals & harmonicas has fun using special effects on his harmonicas to replicate horns and organ sounds! Sugar St. George sings and plays bass on a keytar, which offers very classic and also some fun funky sounds! Andrew Wong sings and plays a great variety of guitar styles such as Santana, Bluesy Slide, Wah Wah, ZZtop, Jazz, Country, etc. He is also a professional soundman providing state-of-the-art PA systems. With 3 singers SOUL POSSE offers a nice blend of harmonies and a fun variety of singing styles. The heartbeat of SOUL POSSE is Rich Braley on drums! – Plan to sing along and bring your dancing shoes…

Alaya Crystal | Chico ART Festival 2024

Friday, May 10 | 8:00 pm | Fire Dancing with Alaya Crystal Dance and Friends
When the art booths close at 8 pm… Be prepared to be dazzled with an illuminating fire dancing show by Alaya Crystal and Friends!  From magical wings, whimsical umbrellas, to fun dance choreography with a variety of fire props, and streaking balls of fire, Alaya Crystal and Dancing Light Arts will give a fun and inspiring dance performance for a memorable close to Friday’s festivities at the Chico Art Festival! – Last year fire dancing was amazing – Do not miss this uplifting event!

Saturday, May 11 | 10 am to 5 pm

Ballet Folklorico De Chico | Chico ART Festival 2024

Saturday, May 11 | 12:00-Noon |  Ballet Folklorico De Chico
Mexican dance tradition directed by Francis Miranda – Expect lots of amazing multi generation traditional dances for Mexico, with lots of costume changes!

Los Caballitos de la Cancion | Chico ART Festival 2024

Saturday, May 11 | 2:00 pm |  Los Caballitos de la Cancion
A group of musicians of varying musical background coming together to play Latin music that makes you dance, sing, laugh, cry… with all the passion that emanates from this rich musical genre. Los Caballitos was formed by Jo Chavez in 2012 and in its new revival the group still retains several of its original members. They are all committed to the drive of this music. – Get ready to have fun, have a margarita and dance!

Plus smaller groups will be playing music at the festival…

Friday, May 10 | 4:00 pm | Cactus Avenue Jazz Quartet

Cactus Avenue is a local jazz quartet in Chico, made up entirely of high school students who are passionate about making and playing music.

And ballet dancers from Chico Community Ballet may join us on Saturday. More to be announced soon.