The Pasadena Folk Music Society season rolls along Saturday night, as singer, songwriter and guitarist John Flynn comes to town to perform on the Caltech stage. 


The Brandywine, Delaware, native rarely visits Southern California, so this constitutes a special performance. Flynn is known for his melodic story songs about love and social justice, and whimsical tunes for kids. His musical stories offer meditations on loss, tolerance, faith and hope. His repertoire also includes the occasional country tune. 


Flynn is a social activist, sharing his life experiences while writing about events and issues around the world. He has celebrated the work of Woody Guthrie in song, and about Malala Yousafzai’s courage in Pakistan. The artist has received high praise from the likes of Kris Kristofferson, who wrote liner notes for one of his albums and also sings backup on “Malala” on Flynn’s 11th and most recent album, “Poor Man’s Diamonds.” Flynn also toured with Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on the Train to New Orleans tour following Hurricane Katrina. Visit him at 

Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in Beckman Institute Auditorium, on the Caltech campus, 400 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and Caltech students. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit