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February 2019

Pasadena Folk Music Society presents Lúnasa, renowned Irish quintet in Beckman Auditorium Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The Pasadena Folk Music Society wanted to present this fabulous band, but the quintet would not fit easily in our cozy Beckman Institute Auditorium venue, and neither would their audience, so we're having this show in the biggest theater at Caltech, Beckman Auditorum. Billed as "of the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet", Lúnasa truly lives up to the press. Named after an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god, Lugh, the band is composed of…

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March 2019

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen return to Caltech Saturday, March 9!

Saturday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech, 400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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We missed out on our every-two-years show with Steve Gillete and Cindy Mangsen in 2018 because of scheduling complications, but we're happy to welcome them back in 2019! The show will be in Beckman Institute Auditorium (our usual, smaller venue. We look forward to the great songs they bring us, a mix of originals, gold nuggets from some of their contemporaries, and a few familiar standards. Steve made a big splash very early in his career when he wrote the…

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Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies Saturday, on March 16, presented by Caltech Public Events! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! In Beckman Auditorium (“Big Beckman”)

Saturday, March 16 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day 24 hours early! Caltech's Public Events will present Dublin's Irsh Tenors and The Celtic Ladies in a show all about singing! Two superb Irish groups come together in one magical concert featuring wonderful harmonies and lifting melodies. Listen in amazement as these talented singers take you on a breathtaking musical journey covering Irish classics, opera, pop and jazz standards. Critics and audiences around the world agree that this is the show to see…Irish yes…but so much…

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Free concert for the family- especially kids! Cambalache plays the music of Veracruz, Mexico, with a bit of East L.A. and a great deal of joy

Saturday, March 23 @ 11:00 am

The Pasadena Folk Music Society, in partnership with the Pasadena Public Library, presents a free concert for the entire family at the Pasadena Central Library  in the Donald Wright Auditorium.  Note that the concert will not be in our usual Caltech venue.  Cambalache plays Son Jarocho music of Vera Cruz, Mexico, birthplace of founding member, Cesar Castro.  This music is popular on Mexico's Gulf Coast, a cultural region shaped by indigenous and African culture, as well as Spanish. Cambalache's name…

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April 2019

Jayme Stone & Folklife, great band, featuring Moira Smiley and others, updating old songs based on field recordings

Saturday, April 6 @ 8:00 pm

We are very proud to present this fine group of musicians, Jayme Stone and Folklife, who explore the deep roots music of North America and beyond. This is a completely new show, a follow-up to an earlier tour and album called the Lomax Project, which was performed here at Caltech with a slightly different line-up three years ago. They are touring the country, winding up in New York's Carnegie Hall in June. Jayme Stone is a Canadian banjo innovator, known…

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Robin & Linda Williams returning to Pasadena FRIDAY, April 26, 2019

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm

We finally managed to arrange to have Robin and Linda Williams make their way out from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to California! They will be bringing their vast treasure chest of tremendous original material, songs by contemporary artists and time honored numbers from the Appalachian and blues traditions. They combine their guitars and banjo with wonderful harmonies and solo vocals, and we always know they'll have a great show for us. If you haven't heard one of their shows…

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