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The stages are being set for Chico's World Music Festival

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 13 2013 10:49:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 13 2013 11:11:50 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Folks in Chico got a little taste on Friday of what is in store for the Chico World Music Festival on Saturday.

The all-day event includes music, arts and crafts. This happens every year on the Chico State campus just outside on the lawns of Laxon Auditorium and the event is free. Chico State says it's their gift to the community.

On Friday, crews spent all day setting up the tents and two outside stages. There will be four stages filled with music. Two will be outside on the Laxon lawns and the other two will be inside of Laxon Hall.

There will also be kids area filled with arts and crafts and a kid’s stage where children of all ages will be playing music all day.

To kick things off, ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro will be taking the stage on Friday night at the Laxon Auditorium. This is the third time Shimabukuro has played in Chico, but it will be the first time he plays by himself.

"My first two performances here were with some friends of mine," said Shimabukuro. "It was Joe Craven, Mike Marshal, and Daryl Anger. So this is my first solo show here, so I’m really excited and looking forward to playing some new music and having a great time."

Shimabukuro said he will be playing covers from George Harrison’s, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” to Queen's, “Bohemian Rhapsody.  So far there have been 1,000 tickets sold for Friday’s show.

The Chico World Music Festival begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.