Chico Unplugged is an acoustic open mic contest held bi-annually at the top floor of the Madison Bear Garden. This year, it was on February 11th, 18th, and the 25th. It is hosted by Chico’s very own SOTA Productions. Contestants perform original songs in front of a panel of 3 judges for a chance to record their songs with Chico State’s Recording Arts program. There are a total of six winners over the course of the three weeks that Unplugged is held and at the end of the semester there is an album release party for the winners. This semester’s winners were Matt Holmen, Kyle Bailey and Daniel Urquhart, Jeremy Crossley and Joe Stone, Rich Long, Joshua Cremer and Justin Kolas. Possibly the best part of Chico Unplugged is that it is allows individuals who may not have much performing experience to get on stage and express themselves in front of a supportive audience. Not much is needed to perform, only an acoustic instrument and two original songs that comes from the heart.
Write-up and photos provided by Samuel Pickup.Read More