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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Roger McGuinn of The Byrds Makes Stop in Livermore

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Best known as the leader of the influential 1960’s band The Byrds, Roger McGuinn will share an evening of stories and songs in his familiar folk-rock style at the Bankhead Theater on October 9, 2015 at 8 p.m. With his signature 12-string guitar sound and distinctive vocals, McGuinn and The Byrds helped establish the folk-rock genre with such hits as “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” leading to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

A successful solo career with nearly a dozen albums and a Grammy nomination have made McGuinn a rock and roll legend. As Rolling Stone magazine said, “Music would be a very different place if it hadn’t been for Roger McGuinn.”

Tickets for his single performance at the Bankhead Theater on Friday evening, October 9th are $32 or $49 with $16 student tickets available.

McGuinn was in his early teens before he picked up a guitar. When a banjo/storyteller came to his school through a music outreach program, McGuinn was taken with the sound of folk music. He studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music in his hometown of Chicago, and was soon good enough to play in some local coffee shops. As he tells it, he was invited to sit in with the Limelighters one night but, while they were interested in hiring him, he was still in school. They were planning to record a new album that June however, so after graduation, they sent him a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. He played as a session musician around Southern California and San Francisco, before connecting with David Crosby and Gene Clark and going on to form the Byrds with them in the early 1960s. The Byrds were instrumental in launching the folk-rock genre, merging the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, and serving as an inspiration for generations of musicians that followed.

In addition to playing on tour, for the past decade McGuinn has spearheaded the acclaimed Folk Den Project to preserve and promote the authentic musical style that originally caught his attention and continues to claim his heart.


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