Nile Rodgers was at the forefront for the emergence of disco and dance music in the mid to late 1970s as a founding member of Chic; the band released numerous hit songs, including Billboard Hot 100 number one singles “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” Despite the “disco is dead” movement that arose in the early 1980s and Chic’s fall from the charts, Rodgers continued to find success as a producer and composer: Diana Ross‘s Diana became — and still is — her best-selling album; Rodgers also plays on the record, a practice he has continued to follow with any artist he produces.
Decades of success in the studio and on tour begat Rodgers with an interesting story to tell, which he did when he wrote his autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny in 2011 to some acclaim. Rodgers will bring his story to Authors Night 2013 on August 10 at the Gardiner Farm in East Hampton Village. The annual fundraiser benefits the East Hampton Library and has become the premier literature event in the Hamptons, housing over a 100 authors and welcoming over 1000 guests.
“A lot of my friends who are authors say this is their favorite event ever,” says Rodgers. More information on Authors Night can be found at authorsnight.org.
Rodgers will also launch his own one-day music festival — Nile Rodgers + CHIC Dance Party for AFTEE — in Riverhead, New York at Martha Clara Vineyards on August 19th. Special guests whom will be performing at the event include Adam Lambert, Russel Peters, Chromeo and Mystery Skulls. Rodgers accidentally let an additional guest performer slip during the interview.
“Avicii, who we can’t announce, which is a drag… ,” proclaimed Rodgers. Avicii is one of the world’s top DJs and producers. Withholding his name from the bill might be due to his appearance at New York’s Randall’s Island for the Electric Zoo Music Festival, which he will be headlining on August 30th.
As mentioned in its title, Rodgers’ event will benefit AFTEE: All For The East End is an organization that supports local not-for profits on the East End of Long Island. More information of AFTEE and the organisations they aid can be found at aftee.org.
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