Folk Music Center

Serving the needs of music lovers for over 60 years. The Folk provides instrument sales and repair, in back of Boots Beer’s Real Estate Office.

August 12, 1958 Charles and Dorothy Chase opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont, CA on Harvard Ave. Boots told them they were “welcome to have the back room because no one will ever come to see you anyway.” The rent was $35 per month. They borrowed $2000 from Dorothy’s brother and bought some records, books, strings and a few instruments – just enough to get started. Very soon, Boots was compl

Operating as usual

04/13/2024

FMC hours:
Tuesdays 12-5pm
Weds-Sat 10am-5pm
(909)624-2928

04/11/2024
04/02/2024

JOHN YORK in concert
Saturday, MAY 18th 7:30pm (doors@7) $25
John York sings with a rich emotional voice and favors the twelve string guitar for his incredible repertoire of American music from folk roots to folk rock. He is best known for his work with the Byrds, but prior to joining The Byrds John was a member of Sir Douglas Quintet. He also worked as a session and touring musician for The Mamas & the Papas, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Barry McGuire, Rick Danko, Dr. John, and many more.

Call (909)624-2928 for tickets & info.

03/27/2024

PETER HARPER IN CONCERT
Sunday, April 21st Matinee show.
ONLY 10 TICKETS LEFT,
Call (909)624-2928 for more info.

03/24/2024

Hello friends, please join us for a book signing party today!
Sunday, March 24th 4:00-5:30pm
All That I’m Allowed is a storybook for grownups about a family dog.
Come enjoy the music, snacks, video, book talk and signing.
For more info call 909 624-2928
Folk Music Center 220 Yale Ave. Claremont, Ca.

03/23/2024

Hello friends, please join us for a book signing party
this Sunday, March 24th 4:00-5:30pm
All That I’m Allowed is a storybook for grownups about a family dog.
Come enjoy the music, snacks, video, book talk and signing.
For more info call 909 624-2928
Folk Music Center 220 Yale Ave. Claremont, Ca.

Ellen Harper - "All That I'm Allowed" trailer 03/21/2024

Book signing event this Sunday, March 24th.
Sunday, March 24th 4:00-5:30pm
All That I’m Allowed is a storybook for grownups about a family dog.
Come enjoy the music, snacks, video, book talk and signing.
For more info call 909 624-2928
Folk Music Center 220 Yale Ave. Claremont, Ca.

Ellen Harper - "All That I'm Allowed" trailer Available March 12, 2024"All That I’m Allowed" is a storybook for grownups about learning to live with children and dogs. In this regard most grown people se...

03/20/2024

Join us for a free event this Sunday:
Book Launch
Sunday, March 24th 4:00-5:30pm
All That I’m Allowed is a storybook for grownups about a family dog.
Come enjoy the music, snacks, video, book talk and signing.
For more info call 909 624-2928

03/16/2024

Folk Music Center presents:
Book Launch
Sunday, March 24th 4:00-5:30pm
All That I’m Allowed is a storybook for grownups about a family dog.
Come enjoy the music, snacks, video, book talk and signing.
For more info call 909 624-2928

Triple threat duo coming to Folk Music Center March 23 | Claremont COURIER 03/16/2024

Triple threat duo coming to Folk Music Center March 23 | Claremont COURIER Los Angeles is famously teeming with great guitarists of every stripe, but when you separate out those who are also master songwriters and compelling performers, the pool gets much less congested. Among these rare few are Rick Shea and Tony Gilkyson, veteran singer-songwriters and guitarists who hav...

Ellen Harper - "All That I'm Allowed" trailer 03/12/2024

Ellen Harper’s “All That I’m Allowed” book is out on Bamboo Dart Press now.
For more info call Folk Music Center at (909)624-2928 or email: [email protected]

Ellen Harper - "All That I'm Allowed" trailer Available March 12, 2024"All That I’m Allowed" is a storybook for grownups about learning to live with children and dogs. In this regard most grown people se...

Ellen Harper’s “All That I’m Allowed” book is out on Bamboo Dart Press now – Shrimper Records and Tapes 03/12/2024

Ellen Harper’s “All That I’m Allowed” book is out on Bamboo Dart Press now.
All That I’m Allowed is a storybook for grownups about learning to live with children and dogs. In this regard most grown people set out to do what’s best for them, to be good examples, trusted companions to dog and child. But often times the lessons we think we are getting across are interpreted very differently by the receivers. All That I’m Allowed is not only a make-believe romp through these poignant and often funny misinterpretations, but it is also a social commentary on coming to grips with a rapidly changing society and how we attempt to make sense of it all.

Ellen Harper’s “All That I’m Allowed” book is out on Bamboo Dart Press now – Shrimper Records and Tapes Ellen Harper’s first book, Always a Song is a compelling memoir about her life as a musician, activist, business owner (she owns the venerable Folk Music Center which has singed copies of her first book available) and stalwart of independent thought and action who walks the walk. Her latest book, ...

03/05/2024

Folk Music Center presents:
Book Launch
Sunday, March 24th 4:00-5:30pm

All That I’m Allowed is a fictitious storybook for grownups about a family dog.
Come enjoy the music, snacks, video, book talk and signing.
For more info call 909 624-2928

02/14/2024

BEGINNING UKULELE CLASS: Sunday, March 3rd 4:30-6pm
Beginners will learn to tune, hold and strum the uke, and basic chords. In minutes you will be playing lots of easy songs. Bring a ukulele or borrow one of ours. $25 (cash or check)
CALL (909)624-2928 for sign-ups and info.

02/06/2024

Join us for CIRCLE SINGING at the Folk Music Center
Sunday, February 18th 4:30-6pm
$20 per person
Please call (909)624-2928 for sign-ups and info.

01/24/2024

Please join us THIS SUNDAY for Open Mic at the Folk Music Center.
Call (909)624-2928 for more info.

01/23/2024

We sold out April 20th and added a matinee show Sunday, April 21st.
Call (909)624-2928 for tickets and info.

01/20/2024

Ode to Joy: Life at the Folk Music Center: A video produced, directed, and edited by Scripps College students, Diana Reiss, Chloe Weir, Lucy Kirkpatrick, and Helen Liska, celebrates the Chase/Harper Family and The Folk Music Center in Claremont. At 6 minutes there is some footage of me giving a lesson to my student, Niko. We are playing Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

01/16/2024

Saturday, January 27th 7:30pm (doors@7) $15
Maritri is a classically trained and self-taught multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer. She sang backup for Barbra Streisand and Michael Amante, composed music for the Washington ballet and is in the Soulfolk Experience band. She has scored several films and theater pieces and traveled extensively as a solo musician and with ensembles.

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MARITRI in concert tonight.
Ode to Joy: Life at the Folk Music Center: A video produced, directed, and edited by Scripps College students, Diana Rei...
Open Mic!
FIVACIOUS TONIGHT!
Robbie Fulks in concert at the FMC tonight!

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220 Yale Avenue
Claremont, CA
91711

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
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