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Music legend Roger McGuinn of the Byrds at Columbia Theatre May 9

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Roger McGuinn

     HAMMONDRoger McGuinn, co-founder of the legendary group the Byrds, is coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts May 9.

     McGuinn, who has been electrifying audiences with his rock, blues and folk music for four decades, will appear at the historic downtown Hammond theatre at 7:30 p.m.

     “It is an honor for Columbia to be presenting Roger McGuinn, whose artistry on guitar has grown ever richer since his days with the Byrds,” said Columbia Director Donna Gay Anderson. “He is a living legend who has not simply rested on his past successes.  He is still creating and still growing.  The concert will be a very special one indeed.”

     McGuinn was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. A Chicago native, McGuinn studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music and was active in the Chicago’s folk scene.

     After the Byrds disbanded in 1973, McGuinn made five solo albums on Columbia Records.  In 1981, he decided to return to his folk music roots. 

     His CD “Treasures from the Folk Den,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 in the category of “Best Traditional Folk Album.” The CD includes favorite songs from the Folk Den with the added bonus of duets with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Odetta, Jean Ritchie, Josh White Jr. and Frank and Mary Hamilton.

     Tickets for Roger McGuinn are $28, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $24, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $19, Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. They are available online at or at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon-3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, and one hour before performance times.

     For information about upcoming events in the Columbia Theatre, visit or call (985) 543-4366.

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