Jim Kweskin & Friends on Saturday, June 17

The Folk Music Society is proud to present Jim Kweskin, singer and guitarist, along with Benny Brydern on fiddle and Marquis Howell on bass in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech Campus at 8:00 PM. Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues finger-picking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. In the 1960s he lead the influential Jim Kweskin Jug Band which featured artists such as Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, banjo master Bill Keith, harmonica wizard Mel Lyman and the genius of the jug and washtub Fritz Richmond. They performed at all the major folk festivals, venues and appeared regularly on national television. Their seminal recordings influenced the next generation of artists such as The Grateful Dead and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Since his jug band days Jim has performed and recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with Samoa Wilson, and continues to record and perform widely in various formats with such artists as Meredith Axelrod, Happy Traum and Juli Crockett. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have recorded a highly rated CD, Penny’s Farm and have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652 and also online at the link below. There is a service charge for phone and online sales, but you can also purchase them without a fee in person at the Ticket Office’s new location, on the first floor of the Spalding building at California Boulevard and Wilson Avenue (southeast corner) or at the door on the night of the show, starting at 7:30PM.

Tickets: $20 / $5 for Caltech students and children


Some festivals you might want to make note of:

Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival No information at this time. Free Thursday night shows outside Culver City’s City Hall. Web site in flux at this time.

Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles, California Plaza) June 2- Sept. 22. Very eclectic line-up, including diverse music, films, children’s shows, and theater. All shows are free

Route 66 Bluegrass Festival in Victorville June 15-18 Vintage Martins (Eric Uglum & Bud Bierhaus) who performed for us in Arlington Gardens last year are among the performers!

The Huck Finn Jubilee has, sadly, been discontinued.

Live Oak Music Festival (northwest of Santa Barbara) June 16-18

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park– June 17- September 10 all shows free.

Levitt Pavillion Pasadena in Pasadena’s Memorial Park June 29- Sept 23. All shows are free

Kate Wolf Festival Laytonville (Northern California) June 22-25

Twilight Concert Series Santa Monica Pier July 7- September 8 Free Thursday evening concerts- schedule not yet set

Summergrass San Diego (in Vista, CA) August 18-19

The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration August 25-27

Strawberry Music Festival Fall Festival in Tuolumne, August 31-September 4

Millpond Festival Bishop CA September 15-17

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (San Francisco Golden Gate Park) October 6-8 Multiple stages, all venues are free. Extravaganza festival with a lot of big names and a lot of people. No 2017 schedule as yet

Stow House Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and Festival Goleta CA October 8