Nile Rodgers and Chic
What a night last night! After a mind numbingly boring day at the office, I am so thankful to have been instantly brought back to life after catching the last 15 minutes of Brooklyn-based afrobeat orchestra, Antibalas, and special guest Tony Allen, who you know, just dropped in to help out on drums. Closing their set with a Latin-infused version of Nile’s summer anthem with Daft Punk “Get Lucky”, I was back in the land of the living…along with 4,600 other drones eager to leave the day behind and enter Chic playland for the night.
Nile and the band were on excellent form, playing favorites such as “I’m Coming Out/Upside Down/The Greatest Dancer/We Are Family” as a medley, “Forbidden Dancer” and “Thinking of You” (my personal favorite which I learned last night also contains Nile’s favorite guitar riff). I knew Nile was an extremely prolific songwriter and producer, but had no idea he was behind cherished pop hits of my teenage years such as Madonna‘s “Like a Virgin”, Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance” and INXS‘ “Original Sin”.
As he introduced hit after hit, you could sense he was genuinely and unpretentiously chuffed with his 30+ years of work. And he’s still got it. He joked when a playback of “Get Lucky” came on as the band was saying their goodbyes to the audience; “Hey, who’s that guitarist on this song??”
I was too far back to jump on stage for Chic‘s last song or to take any decent photos, but my heart, soul and dancing feet left quite happy last night.
Dance Dance Dance
I Want Your Love
I’m Coming Out/Upside Down/He’s the Greatest Dancer/We Are Family
Soup for One/Lady
Like a Virgin
Thinking of You
Lost in Music
My Forbidden Lover