Tree on top with Anaheim CAThe Living Tradition is a non-profit organization working to support and preserve traditional music and dance in Southern California.  They host contra dances, contemporary and traditional folk music concerts, and traditional music jams nearly every month at the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center at 250 E. Center St., in Anaheim, California.

Their events are family-friendly and are open to the public.  Admission prices for dances and concerts are modest, and children under 18 years are free with a paid adult.  They ask a $2 per person contribution for music jams to defray rental costs.  Bring your friends, make new friends, get some exercise (dancing), or just relax and enjoy traditional American music.

The Living Tradition events held at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center are partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council.

Concerts, Dances, and Jams

The Living Tradition concert series presents international and local artisans of contemporary and traditional folk music for a modest cost in an intimate setting.

Contra dances allow folks of all ages to dance to live music and enjoy easy-to-learn traditional dance - without a partner.

Traditional music jams bring musicians (and singers) together in a relaxed atmosphere where all levels and talents are welcome, including those who simply want to hear traditional music or song.

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Graduate students Brian Toby and Simon Davies formed the Caltech Folk Music Society as a Caltech student organization in 1983. The intent was to bring well-known performers of acoustic music from around the country, and around the world, to play at Caltech for a reasonable price.

Long before playing “unplugged” became fashionable, the CFMS began to seek out a wide range of singer-songwriters, bluegrass bands, British Isles music, blues, Nueva Cancion, guitarists, and a whole array of other musicians that did not fit well into mainstream musical categories. While some of these performers emphasize elements of “folk tradition,” others are boldly innovative and truly unique. Social activism, humor, and compassion are commonly present as well.

In 2013 (when we turned 30!), the Society became a 501(c)(3) organization and the name was changed to the Pasadena Folk Music Society. Concerts continue to be held at Caltech in Beckman Institute Auditorium [map]. The street address for Beckman Institute is 400 South Wilson Avenue, Pasadena.

The Pasadena Folk Music Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with all money collected going toward paying performers, and for mailings and other expenses.