Saturday, September 02, 2017

Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn Coming to Soka Performing Arts Center on September 30

This is big news. I can't recall the last time that legendary Roger McGuinn came to Orange County, CA to perform. I got to see the legendary artist when he performed a solo show at the Stagecoach Festival in April 2013 and he was truly outstanding. You can see my review of that concert here

Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famer, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Performs New Folk Music at Soka Performing Arts Center
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Roger McGuinn will perform at Soka Performing Arts Center on
Friday, September 30, 2017. Photo credit: John Chiasson

Aliso Viejo, CA – The Byrds founder Roger McGuinn performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, 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.

Roger McGuinn performing at the Stagecoach
Festival in April 2013. Photo: Robert Kinsler
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.
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Event Info:
An Evening with Roger McGuinn 
Friday, September 30, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.
Soka Performing Arts Center
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Tickets: $45/$37
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Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo on the campus of Soka University of America. The 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Designed to truly reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility's electrical needs. Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. The campus was rated in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017.” The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. For more information:

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