Roger McGuinn at the Clark April 9

Byrds Founder Flies Solo in Williamstown

By: - Mar 11, 2011

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Roger McGuinn, the co-founder of the legendary group The Byrds, will perform a special solo concert at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $38 ($35 members and students) and available online at

McGuinn, the founding father of folk-rock, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as the leader of The Byrds, one of the most influential bands in modern musical history. McGuinn’s groundbreaking guitar riffs, like the famous opening of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and his incomparable skill on his trademark 12-string Rickenbacker guitar have made him an equally successful solo artist. Known for his dynamic concerts, McGuinn is still “singing like a Byrd and playing as well as he had in the jingle-jangle morning of his career” (Los Angeles Times).
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 McGuinn’s numerous albums include Back From Rio, which features guest performances by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn, and John Jorgensen; Live from Mars, an autobiographical one-man show recorded with members of the Jayhawks; and Treasures From The Folk Den, including duets with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Odetta, Jean Ritchie, Josh White Jr., and Frank and Mary Hamilton. Treasures From The Folk Den was nominated for the 2002 Grammy for “Best Traditional Folk Album.”

Before the concert, Clark members are invited to enjoy a delicious three-course fixed-price dinner at 6:00 pm. There will be choices of appetizer or soup, entrée, and dessert. Reservations are required; seating is limited. $25 per person (does not include concert, beverage, tax, or gratuity). For tickets, please call 413 458 0524.

The Clark auditorium features soaring acoustics and excellent sight lines, offering one of the best performance venues in the region. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit