“Trippin’ The 60’s”
Friday September 23 2016 7:30 p.m.
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA
Music Legend Barry McGuire first came into prominence in the 1960’s as the gravelly-voiced lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels hit “Green, Green.” He had previously co-written the million-seller “Greenback Dollar” for the Kingston Trio. In 1965, his recording of the now-classic “Eve of Destruction” went to ‘#1’ in the U.S. and ‘#3’ in the U.K. It did this despite the fact the song was banned on many stations. Ironically, “Eve of Destruction” was originally envisioned as a flip side, and was offered to the Byrds who turned it down. John York was later a member of The Byrds. Both Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and Barry McGuire got a shout out in The Mamas and The Papas hit single “Creeque Alley” in 1967 with the line “McGuinn and McGuire were just a-getting higher in LA, you know where that’s at.”
Together, Barry and John share an evening of stories, and enchanted times, in combination with wonderful music in a way you will not forget. McGuire also played a key role in bringing the sensational vocal quartet to his record company, Lou Adler’s Dunhill Records and they backed Barry on his 1965 album “This Precious Time.”
In 1968, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of “Hair”. Ever since then Barry has averaged around 100 live shows a year, sharing the stage with everyone from Sammy Davis, Jr. to Jonathan Winters, and David Crosby to the Rolling Stones. He has released more than 40 albums during that time. Barry McGuire currently works with John York in a show they call “Trippin’ the Sixties” with the songs and stories of the transformational decade, including tales of those he hung out with, and people he recorded, partied, and performed with. It’s a romping, high energy sing-
along show that takes the audience on a wild, energizing ride.
John York, a terrific singer and instrumentalist, is well known as a former member of The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, and Gene Parsons. John was also a key member of the Sir Douglas Quintet with Dr. John and The Mamas and the Papas touring band. John played bass for Johnny Rivers and Lightnin’ Hopkins and he also played with Gene Clark, Rick Danko, Nicky Hopkins, and many other greats.