2024.04.06 | Roger McGuinn Program

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Stories & Songs

Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 8 PM Soka Performing Arts Center

An Evening With Roger McGuinn
at Soka University of America

An Evening with Roger McGuinn

Jim McGuinn, later known as Roger, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scenes when he cofounded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Prior to forming the Byrds, Roger toured and performed with the Limeliters, Chad Mitchell Trio and Bobby Darin as a guitarist and banjo player. He was also the musical director on Judy Collins #3.

McGuinn, a Chicago native, studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music and was active on Chicago’s folk scene. Within a few weeks of finishing high school, he was in California with the Limeliters, playing guitar and banjo on their album Tonight: In Person. He then toured with the Chad Mitchell Trio and recorded on their albums Mighty Day on Campus and The Chad Mitchell Trio at the Bitter End.

He toured with singer Bobby Darin, and then moved to New York to work for Darin’s publishing company, in the fabled Brill Building as a songwriter. He and Frank Gari co-wrote the song “Beach Ball” and performed it with Darin, as the City Surfers, in July 1963.

McGuinn heard the Beatles for the first time at the Brill Building, and began adding a Beatle beat

to his favorite folk songs in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village. His experimental musical style didn’t please the folk purists, so he moved to Los Angeles to work at the Troubadour, opening for Hoyt Axton. It was there that Gene Clark approached Roger with an appreciation for his unusual musical blend. They joined their talents and began writing songs in the front room of the Troubadour, then called the “Folk Den.”

David Crosby walked in one day and joined them with his unique concepts of harmony. That third voice completed the underpinnings of one of

the most influential bands of the ‘60s. Within a few months, McGuinn, Clark & Crosby asked conga player Michael Clarke to join them as a drummer because he looked like two of the Rolling Stones. Mandolin player Chris Hillman was tapped to be the bass player. During a Thanksgiving dinner the band settled on the name

Roger McGuinn: A Timeline

“Byrds.” Columbia Records signed the Byrds in January, 1965 and released their number one hit, “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

When McGuinn disbanded the Byrds in 1973, he began his lifelong dream of a solo career inspired by folk singer, Pete Seeger.

1973 McGuinn disbanded the Byrds. He made five solo albums on Columbia Records.

1978 McGuinn rejoined Gene Clark and Chris Hillman on Capitol Records for three albums.

1991 Arista records released Back From Rio, a rock album that included his friends, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn and John Jorgensen.

1995 McGuinn began The Folk Den Project. He records and uploads a traditional folk song to his web site, mcguinn.com, as an effort to preserve traditional songs. Each month a different song is added to the site accompanied with lyrics and chords for free download.

1996 Live from Mars - Hollywood Records released this autobiographical one-man show.

2001 Treasures From The Folk Den is Grammy nominated

2004 Limited Edition released - rock and roll, folk and blues, new compositions and a touch of hip-hop.




THE FOLK DEN PROJECT - The 10-year anniversary of the Folk Den Project. A 4 CD set of 100 folk songs that he has uploaded to the Folk Den over the last decade. It was greeted with worldwide critical acclaim. Rolling Stone called it “..Near perfect.”

Live From Spain - concert recorded for radio broadcast from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

2011 CCD - 23 songs that captures the golden age of sail when wooden ships commanded the waves.

2014 Stories, Songs and Friend – 2CDs & a Bonus DVD – This set includes 2 CDs of a live concert and a bonus DVD which includes stories and conversations with Joan, Baez, Dave Barry, Judy Collins, Pete Fornatale, Chris Hillman, Tom Petty, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Marty Stuart and Derek Taylor.


THE FOLK DEN PROJECT- Twentieth Anniversary Edition – This project celebrates 20 years of the Folk Den Project. This anniversary edition is a compliment to the 2005 Edition with 100 newly recorded songs from the Folk Den. As Roger quotes on the back cover, “ Before there were books, music saved our history.”

2018 Sweet Memories is released and includes 12 new recordings, including remakes of the Byrds’ first two smash singles, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

2020 Merry Christmas is released


Mike Tomaro 10tet

featuring Mike Tomaro, Glenn Cashman, Keith Bishop, Chad Willis, Jeff Jarvis, Zach Niess, Andy Waddell, Jeremy Siskind, Michael Parchaiski & Ryan Dong

Presented in partnership with BluePort Jazz

SATURDAY, APR. 13, 2024, 8 PM


TICKETS & INFORMATION HERE soka.edu/pac tickets@soka.edu 949-480-4278

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Soka Performing Arts Center strives to elevate humanity through transcendent experiences. Come experience our exquisite acoustics. Come to expand your understanding and appreciation of music. Come to forge community and emotional connections through the shared experience of live music.

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Soka Performing Arts Center is located on the beautiful hilltop campus of Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo. Our facility includes the 1,032seat Concert Hall featuring world-class acoustics designed by master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, designer of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, among many others. We also have an intimate 350-seat Black Box Theatre that allows for multiple seating configurations including club seating with bistro tables.

More than 750 performances have taken place since the center’s dedication on May 27, 2011. The 2023-24 season marks our twelfth season presenting first-class programming in our world-class concert hall. We are continuing to expand our programming and outreach with the addition of a Children’s Concert Series, Blues Festival, and the only Great Pianists Series on the West Coast. From classical and jazz to world and contemporary music, the Soka Performing Arts Center has become a prized space for artists and audiences alike.

We are proud to be the home of the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Our Sundays @ Soka Series with Pacific Symphony continues to be one of our most popular series year after year. Our presentations with other Orange County arts organizations have enabled us to reach further into our community to offer arts education and programming. Our partnership with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County includes our PSOC Series, which brings superlative artists to our stage. We also partner with PSOC for our Outreach Program, bringing over 7,000 school children to Soka Performing Arts Center to experience live performances with outstanding musicians.

With its world-class acoustics and first-class performances, Soka Performing Arts Center is quickly becoming one of the cultural jewels of Orange County.




Dr. Kenneth & Sandra Tokita

Sam & Lyndie Ersan


Ms. Emi Maeda




John and Sue Prange

Terumi Saito

Jochen Schumacher

Scott A Shuping

GOLD CLEF ($500+)

Jeffrey Hendrix

Jane A. Lynch

Alex & Sandy Scott


Lorraine Leiser

Anson and Marilyn Wong


Raquel Bruno

Sammy Chang

Judy Kaufman

Jeannette Pease

Thomas Prigorac

Jonia Suri

Naomi Uchiyama

Joseph Whitaker

Joyce M Wrice

Taro Yamanashi


List current as of 02/05/2024

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This season, we have made exciting updates to our subscription and renewal program, providing you with even more flexibility in our season packages*. With our enhanced program, you now have the power to curate your very own unique experience.

• 15% Discount for a 3 performance package

• 18% Discount for a 4 performance package

• 20% Discount for a 5+ performance package

*full details online at soka.edu/pac


• Blueport Jazz

• Philharmonic Society of Orange County

• Pacific Symphony

• San Diego Symphony

• Parnassus Society


Renée Bodie General Manager & Artistic Director

John Morgan Box Office Manager

Jarmil Maupin Technical Services Manager

Jenski Nguyen Stage Manager

Madeline Webb Lighting Technician

Hiroyuki Connor Miki Internal Events Manager

Jaime Spataro Marketing & Communications Manager

Joe Nicholls Marketing & Communications Assistant

Steve Baker Interim Production/House Manager

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Website soka.edu/pac


Soka Performing Arts Center resides on the beautiful campus of Soka University of America. We thank the SUA Board of Trustees and the SUA Leadership Council for all of their support.


Steve Dunham, JD

Chair Vice President and General Counsel Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University | Baltimore, Maryland

Tariq Hasan, PhD

Vice Chair Chief Executive Officer, SGIUSA | New York, New York

Andrea Bartoli, PhD

President, Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue | New York, New York

Matilda Buck

Benefactor | Los Angeles, California

Lawrence E. Carter, Sr, PhD, DD, DH, DRS

Dean, Professor of Religion, College

Archivist and Curator, Morehouse College | Atlanta, Georgia

Andy Firoved

CEO, HOTB Software | Irvine, California

Jason Goulah, PhD

Professor of Bilingual-Bicultural Education and Director, Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, Director of Programs in Bilingual-Bicultural Education, World Language Education, and Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship, College of Education, DePaul University | Chicago, Illinois

Clothilde V. Hewlett, JD

Commissioner of Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, State of California | San Francisco, California

Lawrence A. Hickman, PhD

Director Emeritus, The Center for Dewey Studies and Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Carbondale, Illinois

Kris Knudsen, JD

Attorney | Wilsonville, Oregon

Karen Lewis, PhD

Sondheimer Professor of International Finance and Co-Director, Weiss Center for International Financial Research, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Luis Nieves

Founder, Chairman Emeritus AUL Corp, Benefactor | Napa, California

Gene Marie O’Connell, RN, MS

Health Care Consultant, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing | Corte Madera, California

Adin Strauss

General Director, Soka Gakkai International-USA | Santa Monica, California

Yoshiki Tanigawa

Benefactor, Soka Gakkai | Tokyo, Japan

Edward M. Feasel, PhD

President, Soka University of America (ex-officio member) | Aliso Viejo, California


Edward M. Feasel, PhD


Chief Academic Officer

Professor of Economics

Archibald E. Asawa

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Katherine M. King, PHR

Executive Vice President of University Community

Chief Human Resources Officer

Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator for Faculty, Staff and Others

Michael Weiner, PhD

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Professor of East Asian History & International Studies

Kevin Moncrief, PhD

Vice President for Mission Integration

Bryan E. Penprase, PhD

Vice President for Sponsored Research and External Academic Relations

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Tomoko Takahashi, PhD, EdD, LHD

Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment

Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of Linguistics and Education

David Welch, JD

Vice President

University Counsel

M. Robert Hamersley, PhD

Dean of Faculty

Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry

Hyon J. Moon, EdD

Dean of Students

Title IX and Section 504 Deputy Coordinator for Students

Michelle Hobby-Mears, MBA

Associate Dean of Students

Director of Student Activities

Andrew Woolsey, EdD

Dean of Enrollment Services

Martin Beck, MA

Executive Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications



A wide variety of wine, beer, soft drinks and freshly prepared snacks will be available before the concert and during intermission in the lobby.

Staff Drink Pick

Blood Orange Sunset Spritzer

We asked our staff for their favorite drink pick to feature at concessions! The Blood Orange Sunset Spritzer (non-alcoholic) was chosen by Production Manager Steve Baker and will be available for purchase before the performance and during intermission

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