Saving the river through music |

Saving the river through music

Dylan Rodrigue of Nevada City feels strongly enough about the work South Yuba River Citizens League (better known by its acronym SYRCL) that he has put together a benefit for it that stars such well-known local musicians as Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald and the shapeshifter himself, Aaron Ross.

What makes this a little unusual is that Rodrigue is a student at Forest Charter, a teen, who is a musician himself and a member of a successful band, The Shreds. He says about his efforts: “I support SYRCL because I think it is wonderful that we have a volunteer organization that helps keep the water in our river nice and clean so people will actually want to swim in it. My father is a volunteer river monitor and helps out every month. SYRCL has become a model for environmental conservation organizations all over the country. I am very grateful that I can help this good cause by playing music with an amazing selection of musicians.”

What SYRCL says about the evening, via spokesperson Dan Mumane: “We are all very pleased that Dylan has decided to put on this concert. Benefits such as (this) allow SYRCL to have a connection to the community in a fun and inclusive way.”

Sounds like everybody is happy about this all acoustic evening. Kamm and MacDonald have been blending contemporary and traditional styles with delicious harmonies and intricate guitar work for 23 years; their song, “Josephine,” was used at Ground Zero in New York City in a multimedia presentation in tribute to the 911 victims. Ross and Benjamin Oak Goodman, from Jenner, Calif., are both Grass Roots Records recording artists. Ross’ “Shapeshifter” album charted nationally and is currently one of the most requested albums on college radio stations.

Friday evening begins at 7:30 at Rhythms Music Cafe, 114 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under. Folks interested in learning more about SYRCL and its volunteer opportunities will find plenty of information available. E-mail Rodrigue at

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