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Roger McGuinn of The Byrds at SOKA

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famer, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Performs New Folk Music at Soka Performing Arts Center Aliso Viejo, CA – The Byrds founder Roger McGuinn performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 30, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Pop Classics Series. Single-concert tickets are $45 for adults; $37 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $33 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets and packages online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278). “Music would be a very different place if it hadn’t been for Roger McGuinn” (Rolling Stone). With his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound, and his instantly recognizable vocals he created hits like “Turn,Turn,Turn,” “Eight Miles High,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” McGuinn is known to guide his audience along a journey of story and song; expect to hear some new folk music that he so passionately embraces. McGuinn has been spearheading his acclaimed Folk Den Project, touring with country superstar Marty Stuart and his band, appearing at the Corona Theatre to open the Montreal Folk Festival, playing at Stagecoach, and appearing as a “Very Special Guest” on selected dates of Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour. McGuinn disbanded the Byrds in 1973 to pursue his dream of a solo career. He made five solo albums on Columbia Records. He later rejoined Gene Clark and Chris Hillman in 1978 on Capitol Records for three albums. However, in 1981 he decided it was time to return to his folk roots and began touring solo acoustic. Arista records released Back From Rio in 1991, a rock album that included his friends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn, and John Jorgensen. Prior to forming The Byrds, McGuinn toured and performed folk music with the Limeliters, Chad Mitchell Trio, and Bobby Darin as a guitarist and banjo player. McGuinn moved to New York at Darin’s request to work for his publishing company, TM Music. His experiments in merging folk and rock didn’t please the folk purists, so he moved to Los Angeles to work at the Troubadour. It was after an opening set for Hoyt Axton that Clark approached him with appreciation for his new musical blend. They started writing songs together in the folk den of the Troubadour. It wasn’t long before David Crosby joined them and added his unique concepts of harmony to the duo, thereby completing the underpinnings for one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. For more details and ticket information, see

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