Nico Rhodes, left, and Rick Scott combine their considerable talents in two Quesnel concerts.                                Contributed photo

Nico Rhodes, left, and Rick Scott combine their considerable talents in two Quesnel concerts. Contributed photo

Rick and Nico present two shows in Quesnel

Infamous veteran folkie Rick Scott and keyboard ace Nico Rhodes join forces for outstanding concert

What do you get when you combine a veteran roots artist with a rising star – seasoned expertise with youthful exuberance, old school groove with Broadway chops?

Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes blur all boundaries and together they are a force of nature. Their combine talents created Roots and Grooves, a musical gift for the audience.

This collaboration has been decades in the making. At age eight, Nico wrote Rick a fan letter and at age 23 he orchestrated Rick’s music for symphony.

“Nico Rhodes is on fire. At his age I was touring far and wide with Pied Pumkin and this hearkens back to that unfettered creativity,” Scott says.

“Nico reinvents and reinvigorates everything he plays.”

As for Rick, Nico calls him a hero.

“The play list of my youth was Beethoven, Piaf, Oscar Pieterson and Rick Scott. I grew up on his music,” Nico says.

“Fast forward 20 years and I’m privileged to share the stage with my childhood hero who happens to ooze groove. Rick is steeped in old swampy music and I think we shake each other up and the audience gets to come along for the good times.”

Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes are in Quesnel for two very different shows.

First, they perform at the Occidental March 24 with an adult show including a smorgasbord of folk, blues, jazz and humour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Occidental, Green Tree Health and Wellness, K-MAX, Save-On Foods and at the door.

This is an extra Quesnel Live Arts presentation and not part of their regular season pass.

The second concert presented by the Children’s Concert Committee of the Community Arts Council, is a family concert designed to appeal to all ages.

Set for Sunday March 25 at 2 p.m., it is also at the Occidental and provides the perfect finale to Spring Break.

The content of this show speaks to kids, parents and serves up music and laughter for all audience demographics.

Tickets are available at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre, Bo Peep Boutique, Circle ‘S’ Western Wear, Quesnel Music and at the door.