Book Nile Rodgers & CHIC for a Private Performance

Nile Rodgers’ contribution to popular music has been extremely significant. The musician penned some of the most progressive and popular songs of the disco era with Chic, who topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Le Freak” and the hip-hop catalyst “Good Times,” and released platinum albums such as C’est Chic (1978) and Risqué (1979). He has since produced dozens of hits, over several decades, for a wide variety of other artists, including David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and has remained an inspiration for aspiring musicians born long after disco’s supposed death. Rodgers continued to lead Chic 40 years after the band’s debut – Revitalized in the late 2010s as the main attraction at festivals as diverse as Essence and Glastonbury, Chic returned to the studio for It’s About Time (2018).

Born September 19, 1952 in New York, New York, Rodgers clearly possessed exceptional musical talent early on, and by the age of 19, he was playing guitar as part of the house band for the world-famous Apollo Theatre. During the early 70s, his next musical project, Chic, put him on the map. With drummer Tony Thompson and singers Norma Jean Wright and Alfa Anderson rounding out the lineup, Chic quickly grabbed a record deal with Atlantic.

Almost immediately, Chic became the kings and queens of the dance/disco domain, scoring such hit albums as 1977’s Chic, 1978’s C’est Chic, and 1979’s Risqué, the latter two of which went platinum. The band’s uptempo, infectious hit singles became dancefloor standards, including “Dance Dance Dance”  and especially a pair of chart-toppers, “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” The group’s split in 1983, but Rodgers’ music career was just beginning. Toward the end of his tenure in Chic, he had begun producing and writing for other artists, including hits for Sister Sledge and Diana Ross.

Rodgers was as active as ever during the 2010s. He published the ceaselessly entertaining memoir Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny continued touring, and worked with Daft Punk on the Grammy-winning Random Access Memories, including “Get Lucky,” a number one pop hit in dozens of territories. Rodgers subsequently worked with Disclosure, Duran Duran, and Laura Mvula, and continued to perform with Chic, including a headlining spot at the 2014 Essence Festival. In 2016, while a new Chic album was in the works, Rodgers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Chic headlined the stage at Glastonbury 2017. It’s About Time, the ninth Chic album, arrived the following year.

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