Kris Kristofferson has been friends with singer-songwriter John Flynn for a long time. But when the two step on stage together next month in Malibu, it will mark the first time the pair has officially performed together.
The June 23 7:30 p.m. concert at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theater will benefit Homeboy Industries. Tickets are priced at $45, $75 and a VIP package of $250. That last option, for those able to afford it, includes a post-concert reception with the artists and Homeboy guiding spirit Father Greg Boyle. Flynn’s discovery of Homeboy’s mission connects to another Kristofferson family member:
Flynn first heard about Homeboy Industries when he and Kristofferson’s daughter Kelly swapped their favorite books and he received Father Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart. The Pennsylvania singer-songwriter is a longtime leader of New Beginnings, a support group at the state prison in his area, and the “real stories” in Tattoos were a poignant reminder for Flynn of his experiences working with men in the prison system.
Initially Flynn had been afraid to enter the prison. But before long, he realized that the men he was getting to know had a lot of what he calls “hard-earned wisdom.” “It’s hard to admit that many of your spiritual advisers live behind bars,” Flynn said. “Mine do.”
Flynn will perform several New Beginnings-inspired tunes such as “Prodigal Father” and “Prison Bible.” Judging from the online seating chart, tickets for next month’s concert are selling fast.