Visit the heyday of modern folk music Friday when The Folk
Collection stops in at Coffee Gallery Backstage.

This tight trio boasts members who grew up in the 1960s. As youngsters growing up in LA, Tony Unger, Ed Labowitz and Mike Sirota fell in love with the harmonies, acoustic instrumentation and story songs that forged the era’s music scene.

The audience will probably be familiar with most of the songs performed, as the threesome takes a walk through musical history. The sound is influenced by the greats of the genre, including the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary and the Limeliters, and they’ve added their own touches to the tunes. A sharp sense of humor stimulates the fun; The Folk Collection includes a medley of theme songs from hit TV Westerns of the 1950s and ’60s, including “Rawhide,” “Bonanza” and “Maverick.”

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Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $20. Call (626) 798-6236 or visit