If you really know music, you know the massive body of the music contributions of Nile Rodgers. After taking home three Grammy® Awards for his 2014 Daft Punk/Pharrell collaboration “Get Lucky,” his mastery of re-invention and career longevity can easily be the syllabus for a ultimate master class. Mr. Rodgers (and don’t get him twisted with the man from the PBS neighborhood) has a list of awards, writing, producing, arranging and musical performance credits that would exceed the content maximum of The Urban Buzz for the next four weeks.* Less we not forget this quiet giant was also a driving force of music for Grand Theft Auto as well as holding the distinction of owning Sumthing Distribution, the largest African-American owned full service distribution company in America.
As we look forward to the overabundance of summer music festivals, Nile strikes again with The Nile Rodgers Freak Out! Festival ® (aka FOLD Festival) August 4-5th, 2015, featuring Rodgers and his multi-platinum band Chic sharing the stage with an eclectic group of artists such as Beck, Eric B, Duran Duran, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monáe, who recently recorded tacks in the ATL with Rodgers, Q-Tip, Keith Urban and Pharrell Williams. (Sister Sledge…where are ya babe?) In both scope and size, the FreakOut! Festival® is being touted as the first music festival of it’s with a diverse line-up kind to land on Long Island’s Martha Clara Vineyards. For details log onto www.FOLDfestival.com.
This musical master also celebrates 2015 with a return to his rightful place after 23 years and that is atop of the Billboard charts with Chic’s new #1 record “I’ll Be There!”
*help yourself again and Google a brother