CALUMET - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, folk-rock pioneer and founding member of The Byrds Roger McGuinn is bringing 40-plus years of songs and stories to the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
"An Evening with Roger McGuinn" will feature a solo McGuinn along with four of his instruments - two Martin acoustic guitars, including one he designed himself, his famed Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar and a banjo - which is an intimate style he enjoys.
"It's just me," McGuinn said in a phone interview. "It's really a fun thing; it's like being in someone's living room. ... It's really much more freedom than playing with a band."
McGuinn's time with The Byrds was one of the more influential of the 1960s, as hits like "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Eight Miles High" and "Mr. Spaceman" brought folk-rock and country-rock to the forefront. Artists from R.E.M. to Tom Petty have displayed Byrds influences and utilized the "jingle-jangle" style of guitar-playing revolutionized by McGuinn - using ringing arpeggios based on banjo finger-picking styles, according to a press release.
Calumet Theatre attendees will get a mix of music and storytelling from McGuinn at the concert, with Byrds hits, solo material, new material and traditional folk songs.
"I tell stories about the songs, play songs from The Byrds, from my solo career and a few from the Folk Den Project," McGuinn said.
The Folk Den Project, started in November 1995 by McGuinn, developed from what he perceived as the dying out of traditional folk music. Every month, he would put up a song along with a story about it, chords and lyrics. That collection now comprises a four-CD box set offered at mcguinn.com.
"It's like a coffee table book of folk songs," McGuinn said. "Mostly the idea is just to keep the songs alive."
Reserved seating for An Evening with Roger McGuinn is $23, with a discount for theatre members.
Tickets are available by phone or by visiting the Calumet Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two and a half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2610 or check the web pages at calumettheatre.com and facebook.com.