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Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes stop in Coquitlam for Roots & Grooves show

Roots & Grooves is a perfect musical duo, Nico Rhodes told the "Tri-City News."
Nico Rhodes and Rick Scott perform in Coquitlam on Jan. 29, 2023.

In Grade 4, Nico Rhodes saw folk musician Rick Scott play at his school.

“I just thought he was the most magical, most musical, most extraordinary thing that I had ever seen,” he told the Tri-City News.

“I listened to everything he ever recorded. I was just obsessed.”

Twenty-five years on, Scott and Rhodes are a musical duo and, this and next month, will perform around B.C., including a stop at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre on Sunday (Jan. 29) at 7:30 p.m.

Playing a mix of folk, blues and jazz on an Appalachian mountain dulcimer and keyboards, Roots & Grooves also offers stories.

Scott, an American native who grew up idolizing Elvis, is an alumnus of Pied Pumkin while Rhodes, a classical and jazz pianist, is the son of B.C. singer Joelle Rabu.

Despite their age gap and varied musical styles, their partnership is solid.

“We both have an unbridled passion when we’re playing together,” Rhodes said.

“We egg each other on; our strengths complement each other and we give each other room to grow.”

Tickets for their concert at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) are $35/$32/$16 via or call 604-927-6555.