Phil Salazar, a stalwart of the Southern California bluegrass scene, and his band the Kinfolk will be taking the stage at Caltech Saturday as part of a show by the Folk Music Society.

Salazar has performed in numerous ensembles during his time, starting in 1983 with the Phil Salazar Band. His latest endeavor features Salazar on fiddle and guitar, well-known mandolinist and guitarist Tom Corbett, long-time banjo great Bill Knopf, popular fiddler Charl Ann Gastineau, rock-solid bassist Rick Borella and Bill Flores on dobro, accordion and guitar. Salazar, Corbett and Knopf sing lead and backing vocals.

The group is known as a bluegrass band, but it pulls in elements of folk, rock, Cajun, Irish, jazz and country. In addition to performing, Salazar also is a teacher, offering private fiddle lessons, available at

This amounts to an LA area bluegrass super group, a show that lovers of the form won’t want to miss.


Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in Caltech’s Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $20 general admission, $5 for Caltech students and children. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit