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Lodi High School to Hollywood: Nic Weethee returns home for acoustic show at Estate Crush

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 10:41 am

Lodi native Nic Weethee, a musician who is also a TV and film set designer, is returning to Lodi for tonight’s one-night show at Estate Crush’s Second Saturday live music series. Weethee is a 2000 Lodi High graduate, who is now pursuing his music career with his band Starry Eyes in Los Angeles.

Weethee took a few minutes this week to talk about himself and what he likes about Lodi.

He will perform with his guitar at Estate Crush, 2 W. Lockeford St. in Lodi, tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free.

You grew up in Lodi, but now live in Los Angeles. What are you doing there?

I work in the film and TV industry, and am a music producer here in L.A. I’m also an artist, and have a lot of my work in TV shows like “Two and Half Men” and “Big Bang Theory” Mostly music is my goal out here.

What is your day job?

I do set design for TV shows like “Castle” and “Criminal minds.” That’s my career; music is what I want to do.

You’re also in a band called Starry Eyes. Will you be performing tonight with the band or solo?

My band starry eyes is on hiatus while we are waiting for our album to be finished. In the meantime, I’m pursing solo music and I will be performing solo this weekend on the acoustic guitar — singer-songwriter type of stuff. I’m known for doing cover songs and some originals. I cover people like Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Damien Rice.

Do you visit Lodi often?

I usually come back to visit. I have a lot of family there. My parents are in Lodi and my brother lives in Stockton.

What were some of your favorite things to do while living in Lodi?

I’d say skate. I was always at Hutchins Street Square skating the stairs or at Lodi High, my high school.

What will you do while visiting family for the holidays?

Spend time with my family. That’s my whole thing. We do the family stuff: Go to the movies or out to dinner or out to bike rides. We love to bike ride around Lodi. My parents live by Lodi Lake so we’ll cruise down there.

What kind of band is Starry Eyes?

We are five-piece band. We are based in Northridge, about five miles north of Hollywood. We’re alternative hard rock. A lot of people say we cross between Deftones and Incubus. We just recorded our first album.

Contact Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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