Folk Music Festival home at Pomona College’s Greek theater

The 33rd Claremont Folk Festival, set for Sunday, May 22, will feature a different venue and time frame than usual. The music extravaganza will be held at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College, with gates opening at 3 p.m. and music starting at 4 p.m.

The lineup for the event includes Grammy Award-winning East LA Chicano rock group Quetzal at 4 p.m.; internationally-renowned music and dance group The Yuval Ron Ensemble, which focuses on traditional sacred Middle Eastern repertoire, at 5:15 p.m.; former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who has forged a successful career as an acoustic troubadour with a political message, at 6:30 p.m.; and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley at 8 p.m. 

Workshops, offered free with Claremont Folk Festival admission, will be presented at the Folk Music Center, located at 220 Yale Ave. in the Village. Just bring your ticket with you to participate in an introduction to banjo led by Kent Besocke at 11 a.m.; a mountain dulcimer workshop with Leo Kretzner at noon; and a 1 p.m. presentation on “The History of…” by folksinger/songfighter” Ross Altman at 1 p.m.

The Sontag Greek Theatre is at Pomona College, located at 300 E. Bonita Ave. in Claremont.

All seating is general admission, which includes a mix of concrete bench seats, chair seating and open lawn. Local gourmet restaurant Pappas Artisinal will sell food, and libations will be offered by Dale Bros Brewery and Plume Ridge Wine Merchants.

Guests are advised to bring stadium seats or seat cushions for bench seating, and may bring low-back chairs for lawn seating only. Personal food and beverages are not allowed except reusable water bottles. Free parking will be available at the nearby Pomona College parking structure. This is a rain or shine event.

Tickets are $30 each, and can be purchased on the Folk Music Center website,, through Brown Paper Tickets.


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