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Bridging generation gap with music

“We grew up . . . we just didn’t settle down.” That’s how local musician Doug Rice explains the strong musical bond between him and Star Waschevski (the older guys) and two youths over thirty years younger than they: sixteen year-olds Dylan Rodrigue (who plays in two groups, including The Shreds and Of Wheel and Water) and Zack Waschevski (of the band, The Star People).

Continuing he says, “Star and I have been playing in bands for a long time, and we love playing with these young guys who are passionate about music. On the one hand we have some experience and want to help guide them in their musical journey . . . that’s the generational thing. But when we get together and play, we’re really just friends sharing in the magic of music.”

About Star and Doug, Dylan Rodrigue says, “They are really great musicians and they love to have a good time. When we play with them, they always have great energy. Age really doesn’t have anything to do with it because we’re connected musically.”



Zack adds, “Playing with them is a great experience and I learn a lot. You really get a lot more done in practice with these guys than with kids our age.”

The performers have played together in various groups over the years. The combinations are dizzying. Dylan Rodrigue and Marina Sanford currently perform as indie/folk duo Of Wheel and Water. Zack, Dylan and Marina also perform together as a trio, and will be featured at Nevada City’s Summer Nights street fair on July 30. Doug, Star and Zack play together in the local classic rock band, The Star People. As a solo performer, Doug is one of the Ridge’s “hidden treasures,” with several albums of beautiful original music. He is currently teaching Dylan the fine art of home recording.




This group of musical friends will be playing together in various combinations in an all-acoustic show at Rhythm’s Music Café Sunday, 114 W. Main St., Grass Valley, at 7:30 p.m. Music will include many originals, plus songs from cross-generational favorites such as the Beatles, Tom Petty, and the Eagles. Of Wheel and Water will close the show (This duo will celebrate the release of its new CD on July 11, same time and same place).

This is an all-ages event with a $5 cover charge.


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