Broadcast Music, Inc. has announced that GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers will receive the BMI Icon Award at the Company’s 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 28, at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Rodgers, a musical architect of the influential band CHIC and perennial hit maker, was selected as this year’s BMI Icon recipient for his incomparable catalog and defining influence on popular music. The star-studded event will also celebrate the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs of the last year, as well as the crowning of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer, Publisher of the Year and Social Star award winner. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton will share the evening’s hosting duties.
Nile Rodgers pulled off an exceptionally brilliant and funktastic Tuesday and Wednesday at Martha Clara Vineyards, the very place where the idea was conceived to put on FOLD Festival. The name stands for “Freak Out Let’s Dance”—and that’s exactly what happened.
The two-day festival included Keith Urban, Paloma Faith, Pharrell Williams and Beck on the first day, and Janelle Monaé, Chaka Khan and the highly anticipated Duran Duran on the second. Of course, the main attraction, CHIC, was there with Nile Rodgers, to play their greatest hits.
Although the storm on Tuesday morning delayed sound check by three hours, Rodgers promised to bring even more funk to make up for it, and CHIC funked up big time. Performing hits such as “Le Freak,” “Dance Dance Dance,” “Everybody Dance,” “I Want Your Love,” “Good Times,” Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and many more, CHIC sounded fresher than ever, preparing for the release of their new album. Featuring powerhouse vocalists Kimberly Davis and Folami, and the amazing bassist, Jerry Barnes, the crowd was going wild, singing back every word of the amazing hits produced by Rodgers and CHIC.
|August 4, 2015||FOLD Festival||Martha Clara Vineyards||Riverhead, NY||TICKETS|
|August 5, 2015||FOLD Festival||Martha Clara Vineyards||Riverhead, NY||TICKETS|
|August 7, 2015||Smukfest||Skanderborg, DK||TICKETS|
|August 8, 2015||Lokerse Feesten||Lokerse, BE||TICKETS|
|August 9, 2015||Linlithgow Palace||Linlithgow, SCT||TICKETS|
|August 12, 2015||The Øya Festival||Oslo, NO||TICKETS|
|August 14, 2015||Flow Festival||Helsinki, FI||TICKETS|
|August 15, 2015||Way Out West Festival||Gothenburg, SE||TICKETS|
|September 20, 2015||On Tour w Duran Duran||Red Rocks Amphitheater||Morrison, CO USA||TICKETS|
|September 23, 2015||On Tour w Duran Duran||Washington State Fair||Seattle, WA USA||TICKETS|
|October 1, 2015||On Tour w Duran Duran||Hollywood Bowl||Los Angeles, CA USA||TICKETS|
|October 2, 2015||On Tour w Duran Duran||Greek Theater||Berkeley, CA USA||TICKETS|
|November 8, 2015||Metropolis Festival||Dublin, IR||TICKETS|
|November 11, 2015||The Waterfront Theatre||Belfast, IR||TICKETS|
Of all the impassioned encomiums delivered to Nile Rodgers during Chic's set at the bandleader's inaugural FOLD Festival Tuesday night in Riverhead, NY, Pharrell Williams' words were the most precise.
"This man has been on fire since before I was born. The creativity burned that cancer out of his body," Pharrell told the crowd, referring to Rodgers' 2010 prostate cancer survival. "Thank you for your tremendous genius contribution that's moved and rocked so many generations. Anything you ever need from me in the future, you don't have to ask. You just have to tell me."
Go back to March, where 70's New Wave - code name I'll Be There - invades the dance floor to the rhythms and riffs of Nile Rodgers. A groove with a cleverly orchestrated image by Inez & Vinoodh, who took advantage of the excitement of the last Fashion Week in New York to stage top model Karlie Kloss swaying to the sounds of this (CHIC feat Nile Rodgers) come-back funk, with Stephen Galloway, André, Jordan Barrett, Anna Ewers, Edie Campbell, Liya Kebede, Cameron Russell, Rianne ten Haken and Mica Arganaraz under the flashing lights of PACHA NYC. The clip unveils the upcoming high fashion series "Parlez-vous Français" in the May 2015 issue of Vogue Paris, and also shows a new exclusive video on the for CHIC, remixed by Avan Lava. And the beat goes on before the official release of the album "It's About Time" in June.
Directed by: Inez & Vinoodh
Styled by: Emmanuelle Alt
Models: Karlie Kloss, Anna Ewers, Edie Campbell, Liya Kebede, Cameron Russell, Rianne ten Haken, Jordan Barrett, Mica Arganaraz
Make-up: Wendy Rowe
Creative Movement Director: Stephen Galloway
Manicure: Deborah Lippmann
Lighting Director: Jodokus Driessen
Editor: Otto Arsenault
Executive producer: The Collective Shift
Produced by: Stephanie Bargas
Producer: Jeff Lepine and Jon Barlow
Studio Manager: Marc Kroop
Digital Technician: Brian Anderson
Joe Hume assistant: Photo
Tucker Coordinator: Birbilis
"I'll Be There" (AVAN LAVA REMIX 2015) Performed by CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers
Written and produced by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards for the CHIC Organization, LTD. Courtesy of Warners Brothers Records Inc.
Listen to "I'll Be There" CHIC remixed by Avan Lava
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