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Lúnasa

Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

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 … Continue reading Lúnasa

$30.00

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech 400 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA

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 … Continue reading Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

$20

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

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 … Continue reading 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

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

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 … Continue reading 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

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

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

$20

Miller | MacDonald | Cormier

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech 400 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Celtic trio, Miller||MacDonald | Cormier will perform on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 PM. The show will be in Beckman Institute Auditorium, our usual, intimate venue, Beckman Institute Auditorium, just west of the better known, but similarly named, Beckman Auditorium (the big white and round building at the end of Michigan Avenue). They will be … Continue reading Miller | MacDonald | Cormier

$20

Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs return to Pasadena Saturday, June 22 in Ramo Auditorium

Ramo Auditorium at Caltech Pasadena, CA

Scotland's Old Blind Dogs, from Aberdeenshire, on Scotland’s northeast coast, has been one of the most popular acts (two of the shows sold out!) in our series over the years. They seem to have licked their visa difficulties and this will be their sixth show with us. The group consists of Jonny Hardie, (fiddle & … Continue reading Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs return to Pasadena Saturday, June 22 in Ramo Auditorium

$25

Nevenka, Eastern European folk ensemble in Ramo Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 21

Ramo Auditorium at Caltech Pasadena, CA

Here's a show like no other that the Folk Music Society has offered. Nevenka is a Los Angeles-based women's folk chorus performing songs from Eastern Europe, including Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek and others. The group formed in 1976 as an off-shoot of the Aman Folk Ensemble. These women are primarily singers, and there may be … Continue reading Nevenka, Eastern European folk ensemble in Ramo Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 21

$25

Perla Batalla: A tribute to Leonard Cohen, Saturday, October 19, presented by Caltech Campus Programs! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! In Beckman Auditorium

Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

Along with her solo musical career, Southern California songstress, Perla Batalla was also a back-up singer for the great singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, before his unfortunate death in 2016. Perla has recorded 7 albums and will be performing in the big hall, Beckman Auditorium on Saturday, October 19. Perla has a big, powerful voice … Continue reading Perla Batalla: A tribute to Leonard Cohen, Saturday, October 19, presented by Caltech Campus Programs! Receive a $5 discount if you mention the Folk Music Society when ordering tickets! In Beckman Auditorium

New Date! Robin and Linda Williams return to Pasadena Saturday, October 26

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech 400 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Robin and Linda Williams are coming this fall! Linda's ankle is on the mend and they have rescheduled their tour, so we will be presenting them on Saturday, October 26! They haven't been out here to the West Coast in quite some time, but they will be leaving their home in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  … Continue reading New Date! Robin and Linda Williams return to Pasadena Saturday, October 26

$25

Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien in Beckman Institute Auditorium Saturday, November 9

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech 400 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Dick Hensold is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. He returns to Caltech following his debut here a few years ago with Andrea Beaton in a show that was very well received. This time, he is performing with Patsy O'Brien, premier guitarist, singer, and songwriter. They will perform an evening of traditional Celtic music, … Continue reading Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien in Beckman Institute Auditorium Saturday, November 9

$20

Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration with Molly’s Revenge FRIDAY, December 20 in Ramo Auditorium

Ramo Auditorium at Caltech Pasadena, CA

Molly's Revenge has played for us a number of times and this "California Celtic" band has picked up a good many local fans in Southern California and throughout the West Coast. Their energy and musical excellence is quite memorable, and they haven't played in Pasadena since 2011, so it is way past time that we … Continue reading Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration with Molly’s Revenge FRIDAY, December 20 in Ramo Auditorium

$25

Scotland’s Jim and Susie Malcolm in Pasadena

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech 400 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Jim and Susie Malcolm will perform in Beckman Institute Auditorium on FRIDAY, January 24 at 8:00 PM. Jim, who lives with his wife, Susie, in Perthshire, Scotland, has performed for us 6 times solo and once when he was a member of Old Blind Dogs, so many are familiar with him and will be eager … Continue reading Scotland’s Jim and Susie Malcolm in Pasadena

$20

Master Harper, Patrick Ball, presents “Come Dance with me in Ireland: a Pilgrimage to Yeats Country”

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech 400 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA

The Pasadena Folk Music Society will present renowned harpist and storyteller, Patrick Ball on Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 PM in Beckman Institute Auditorium. Patrick has performed with us numerous times before, and, as usual, this one will combine his magnificent harp music with dramatic storytelling. This is a relatively new show that he has … Continue reading Master Harper, Patrick Ball, presents “Come Dance with me in Ireland: a Pilgrimage to Yeats Country”

$25

CANCELED: Eileen Ivers and unIVERSal roots

Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

Caltech has canceled this event. This decision was made out of concern for the health of our community as a social distancing measure in light of COVID-19. Box office staff will contact current ticket holders to issue refunds and answer any additional questions. If you obtained your ticket on Goldstar, you will be contacted by … Continue reading CANCELED: Eileen Ivers and unIVERSal roots

Old Blind Dogs

Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman) at Caltech 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

The traditional Scottish music of Old Blind Dogs also contains influences from jazz, blues, Middle Eastern music, reggae and rock. Long a favorite of our Folk Music Society, this group has sold out for many of their prior six concerts since they first appeared on our series 20 years ago!

$25
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