Nile Rodgers and Chic will be joined by guests Adam Lambert, Chromeo, Russell Peters, Mystery Skull and Prince Paul on Monday August 19, at the BNB Presents AFTEE Nile Rodgers Dance Party, an evening of cross generational dance music to benefit All For The East End (AFTEE).
The evening starts at 5 p.m. with Prince Paul and finishes with a final very special surprise guest. In between—these amazing artists make music and create a one-of-a-kind dance party experience for a field of 5,000. The concert will take place at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. Gates open at 5 p.m. VIP and General Admission Tickets are only available online at AFTEE.org. Also make sure to visit AFTEE on Facebook and Twitter to check out what Nile Rodgers is saying about the concert.
Rodgers says, the AFTEE event will be the “greatest dance party the East End of Long Island has ever seen. Dance music unites, dance music is happy and the Nile Rodgers Dance Party will bring all ages to the dance floor.”
Nile Rodgers is the dance music genius who founded the band Chic and has brought us hits like “Dance Dance Dance,” “Everybody Dance,” “I Want Your Love,” “Le Freak (Aw Freak Out!),” “Good Times,” “Greatest Dancer,” “We Are Family,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down,” “Like A Virgin” and “Let’s Dance” to name a few. He has produced some of the biggest hits in the careers of Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Diana Ross. Rodgers also coworte and plays his trusty Fender, “The Hitmaker,” on Daft Punk’s newest summer anthem “Get Lucky,” which became the first song in history to reach number one in 73 countries and counting. He will be joined by his band Chic at the AFTEE concert.
Adam Lambert has been making headlines since his showstopping appearances on the eighth season of American Idol. In 2009, Lambert released his debut album, For Your Entertainment, scored the smash single “Whataya Want From Me” and set out on his 2010 Glam Nation World Tour, taking his electrifying show to thousands of fans across the globe. Where For Your Entertainment is all glitter and glam-rock, Trespassing, executive produced by Lambert, is part buoyant dance-pop with a funk-rock sensibility, and part brooding introspection. He has worked with such top-notch producers as Dr. Luke, Pharrell Williams, Benny Blanco, Josh Abraham, Ollie G, Lester Mendez, Robert Marvin and Rune Westberg, as well as gifted songwriters Bruno Mars, Claude Kelly, Bonnie McKee, Sam Sparro and BC Jean. Released in May 2012, the critically acclaimed Trespassing debuted at number one in both America and Canada. Lambert will join the cast of hit US TV series Glee for the upcoming fifth series, which premieres September 19 on the Fox network.
The men of Chromeo are about to release Business Casual, which is their third full-length album and a testament to the growth and further sophistication the band has undergone over the many years they’ve been collaborating. After their sophomore release Fancy Footwork pushed them into the stratosphere of party-rocking, club-banging and heart-thrilling electrofunk, Business Casual is their postgraduate work. Since 2010, Chromeo have pushed forward into new levels of song craft and body moving music that is respectfully indebted to noble inspirations while still being fully contemporary. Are there lush string arrangements on “Don’t Walk Away?” Do we have Moroder-esque analog synth layers draped all over “Don’t Turn The Lights On?” Is there a fully authentic French ballad (don’t forget, Dave and P are of the Québécois persuasion and will never abandon those roots) in “J’ai Claqué la porte?” The answer is yes to all of the above.
The flip side of Chromeo, the emotional gangster tracks, are still here on Business Casual, represented by titles such as “Hot Mess,” “I’m Not Contagious,” and “You Make It Rough.” And, newly added to the roster, is the straight-up pop, vanilla in the best sense (creamy and smooth), of “The Right Type,” a get-up-and-go tune in the greatest 80s tradition, and the album closer, “Grow Up,” which almost sounds like golden-era Billy Joel backed up by Cameo. How real is that?
Lyrically, Dave continues to mine the rich vein of affairs of the heart. Chromeo does it all and more with their trademark Franco-insouciance-that-borders-on-coolness and their always-sexy worldliness. In these uncertain times of financial upheaval and musical mediocrity, Chromeo’s Business Casual is a testament to the fact that inspirational funk shall always prevail. Vive le Chromeo!
Mystery Skulls is really the nom de plume of Los Angeles-based electronic artist Luis Dubuc. Formerly from Venezuela and then Dallas, Texas, Dubuc sounds like Prince, fronting Daft Punk, mixing his inspirations of ’90s R&B and New Jack Swing with EDM music and futuristic sounds.
Russell Peters is a world famous Canadian comedian and actor of Indian origin. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. He is also a veteran scratch DJ!
Paul Edward Huston, best known by his stage name Prince Paul, is an American disc jockey and hip-hop record producer. He is also a founding member of the Gravediggaz where he used the name The Undertaker. He is a Long Island native hailing from Amityville and his latest album is Hip-Hop Gold Dust.
AFTEE organizers have been working on this concert project for more than a year. Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB), a 100-year-old community bank rooted on the East End, committed almost immediately as the presenting sponsor. Other major sponsors include Austin & Williams Advertising, Ben Krupinski Builders, Cablevision, Dan’s Papers, Martha Clara Vineyards, Norsic & Sons, Pure Insurance, Sothebys, Tate’s, Tanger Outlets and Weber + Grahn, as well as the Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation, Cook Maran Associates, Peconic Bay Medical Foundation, Riverhead Building Supply, the Long Island Community Foundation and Southampton Hospital Foundation, Suffolk Theater, Hamptons Event Management, Hamptons Creative Group, southwest.com, CBS Interactive, NST… and the list continues to grow.
ALL FOR THE EAST END is a 501(c)(3) non-profit establishment whose primary purpose is to raise awareness of the role not-for-profit organizations play in making the east end of Long Island one of the most desirable places to live in the world and to establish a fund of new money that they will have access to through a grant process. The Long Island Community Foundation will manage and administer the disbursement of funds obtained through AFTEE’s efforts. There are over 1,075 registered 501(c)(3) organizations in the East End towns.