Jeni Hankins, singer and songwriter with Appalachian roots, now living in England, at Caltech Saturday, October 6!

We are pleased to welcome Jeni Hankins back to our series! She has been one of our favorite performers for the past few years. She has been through a great deal since her two previous appearances at Caltech with Billy Kemp as the duo, Jeni and Billy. Jeni’s father passed away in 2016 and she and Billy have parted ways. And Jeni has moved to London! But the same endearing directness of this Appalachian woman from Jewell Ridge, Virginia still shines through. Jeni has just released her first solo recording, The Oxygen Girl and you can read Art Podell’s glowing review here. Her stories come from a broader geography, ranging from England to Las Vegas and places in between. They also reflect the emotions and insights following the passing of her father. Along with her guitar, autoharp, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, flatfooting shoes (flatfoot dancing!) she will be bringing “the voice the mountains gave me, and the stories my family taught me,” as she describes her solo show. We hear she is going to employ a sewing machine as an accompanying instrument in this show! We will likely hear some of the old songs, the new ones, and maybe some brand new songs! You will want to be here! See her web site

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and Caltech students. They are available at the Caltech Ticket Office by calling (626) 395-4652 and at the Caltech Ticket Office in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can get them online (for a fee) until Thursday, August 23 here. There is a fee for both phone orders and for online tickets, while purchases at the Ticket Office are free. Tickets can also be purchased (without additional fee) at the door of the venue one half hour before the show. Join our mailing list and you’ll be sure to be notified about the show a few weeks ahead of time.

The show will be in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”) at 400 South Wilson Avenue. Free parking is available in the lot behind Beckman Auditorium (“Big Beckman). You can always find parking for our shows in the two parking structures on Wilson Avenue, just south of Del Mar Boulevard. On weekends and after 6:00 PM, you may park in spaces that have individual names. Restrictive wording at the structures refers to weekdays before 6:00 PM. There is also parking available on Wilson Avenue itself. Beckman Institute is on the other side of the large lawn on Wilson Avenue, on the first floor of the left portion of the building. If you get to the fountain and pools that point toward the white, round, building (Beckman Auditorium, which we refer to as “Big Beckman,” you have gone too far. See this map. Beckman Institute is building #74 and the parking structures are #123 and #124.

A bit more about parking if you haven’t been to one of our shows for awhile:  There will be the usual limited parking right behind the large Beckman Auditorium- It is OK to park in slots with names on weekends and evenings, but the lot may fill up, depending on what other events may be taking place on the Caltech campus.  This is the best place to park for the handicapped (try to come a little early- email us at if you need help planning your visit). The parking lots between Michigan and Wilson have been  closed- a new building is rapidly rising at the southeast corner of Wilson and Del Mar.  The most reliable parking will be on Wilson Avenue, either on the street or in the two parking structures just south of Del Mar Avenue, across the street from Beckman Institute.   One structure is just north of the Institute at 341 S. Wilson Avenue, and the other, 405 S. Wilson, is just a bit south of the Institute.   Rest assured that after 5PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you can park for free in these structures, despite signs that allude to the more restricted parking rules during the day on weekdays.   You are permitted to park in slots that have names on them here as well.  From the structures, walk around the big lawn (much of which is currently fenced in for the building projet to the north) in front of Beckman Institute and you will recognize where to go.  On this map, we are suggesting that you park in structures #123 and #124 in the upper left.    Beckman Institute is building #74, just to the east (right).  If you need help figuring this out, try calling (626) 616-4559