Musical Icon Roger McGuinn Coming to Hopkins Arts Center May 14


Roger McGuinn will appear Saturday, May 14 in Hopkins.  This show is re-scheduled from an earlier Covid postponement.  Original tickets will be honored.  Details and tickets can be found HERE.

Few American musicians have had the type of impact on rock and roll as Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn.  He’s been at the forefront from the beginning with 60s icon band The Byrds.  Along the way, the connections and collaborations with the likes of Bob Dylan, CSNY and Tom Petty are plain to see.

When popular music was finding its way some 60 years ago, there were distinct buckets.  There was Folk.  Country. 50s styled Rock and an emerging psychedelic scene.  Not many artists dared cross those lines.  Nor did many fans.  And then McGuinn and The Byrds came along and stirred things up.  For those enamored with labels, Roger McGuinn is the godfather of Folk Rock.

The story goes that when Bob Dylan dashed off Ballad Of Easy Rider for the movie of the same name, he immediately passed it to a friend and ordered:  “Give this to McGuinn.  He’ll know what to do with it.”  Anybody who fell in love with the chimey 12 string Rickenbacker guitar tone and vocal stylings of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, need look no further than Roger McGuinn to find the source.

McGuinn has never stopped creating.  Along the way he’s recorded an additional 13 solo albums.  The most recent being 2018’s Sweet Memories.  Roger McGuinn shows these days tend to be as much musical travelogue as concert.  That’s not surprising since he’s a frequent college lecturer on his journey from a Pete Seeger folk disciple to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Expect that this show will fall more into the category of those offered by the likes of The Kinks’ Ray Davies or Colin James Haye.  The inside stories and reflections on a remarkable career, along with songs that have stood the test of time, are not to be missed.