Chico Bike Music Fest, KROV, Windows at Empire, Manas Art Space and lovely, lovely noise

The Railflowers. Petal power!

The Railflowers. Petal power!

Bikes, music and goddess blessings

Arts DEVO made it to one of the three stops of the Chico Bicycle Music Festival on Saturday (hey, I was on foot, and I’m really slow)—the middle-of-the-day set at Cedar Grove in Bidwell Park. It was quite a Chico scene to come upon, with a thicket of bikes piled around the perimeter and a few hundred (!) of Chico’s most colorful young and old spread out across the meadow, chilling, hula-hooping and kicking soccer balls along with the warm, bike-powered sounds of The Railflowers. You could definitely feel that school was out, and this was first of the 10 or so weekends that we get all to ourselves.

Bike fest nurse, Heatherlee Richerson von Tchudi.

Deceiving the windows to the soul

Now opening, window.

“I photographed 21 windows, with the help of Dark Shadow, which will be printed and displayed in such a fashion to create the illusion of reality.” Hmmmn? I see. Or do I? Sounds like CN&R photographer and total badass Kyle Delmar has been up to something fun, and this Friday, June 8, 7-9 p.m., he will be sharing it with the rest of us at the opening for Windows, at Empire Coffee.

Your music, on the radio

There’s a new nonprofit community radio station coming to Oroville—KROV, Radio Oroville, 91.1FM—and local bands are being invited to the airwaves. Former Café Flo owner Monikah Miller will be hosting a show called Keep it Local Music, and she has put out the word to local bands that she needs submissions for music of all genres (even jam bands?) made in Butte County. Email her at for more info.

Manas, it’s new.

They’re coming!

Have you seen ’em? The Sea Monster. Dragonboy! What strange beings are these living and working and stretching into impossible poses among us? Mark your calendars, and track these creatures down to 1441-C Park Avenue on June 15, when they open HoneyMoon BabyBlanket, the first show at the Manas Art Space Gallery in the same building as the new Rise Yoga Movement studio.

A most passionate DEVOtion

If you enjoy traversing the span of atmospheric noise that runs from The Jesus and Mary Chain to Explosions in the Sky, then it’s very likely that this will be your Best Chico Show of 2012. On Saturday, June 9, at Café Coda, San Marcos, Texas, instrumentalists This Will Destroy You and tour mates A Place to Bury Strangers, a shimmering, feedbacking beautiful mess from Brooklyn, will conduct a seismic test of the tiny venue’s foundation. Forget earplugs, bring a helmet.