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Roger McGuinn


If you've ever lost yourself to a comfortably jangling guitar or been swept up by an airy, easygoing hook, you owe some of the experience to Roger McGuinn. As lead singer and guitarist for The Byrds, McGuinn has helped carve out a more graceful niche in psychedelic pop and folk—kinetic but never alarming, pillowy but always powerful. Roger McGuinn has been called the father of folk-rock music as his jangly 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and complex vocal harmonies produced hits such as "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Mr. Tambourine Man" and the ethereal beautiful self-penned ballads like "Chestnut Mare". McGuinn's contribution to the legendary 1960s cultural and artistic scene extended to movies as he is a featured singer in the cult classic movie "Easy Rider." Among the songs he performs is the movie's finale, "The Ballad of Easy Rider," which he co-wrote with Dylan. While McGuinn played a central role in the birth and development of the Byrds, his musical explorations started before the famous group debuted and passionately continues long after its demise. Come join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening through rock and roll history with a man who helped create the soundtrack of the '60s. Roger McGuinn’s impressive playing, timeless stories, acoustic delicacy and calming tender croon will take you on a journey back to memory lane and then turn around and lead you onto a future path.

Performing Arts Type

  • Music