06/20/16 11:16am
The FOLD Festival in 2015. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The first FOLD Festival was held in Riverhead last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local musicians have until Sunday, June 26, to submit their applications for a chance to perform at this summer’s FOLD Festival in Riverhead.

East End Arts has launched the “Emerging Artists Project” to give local musicians a chance to perform on stage during the festival.

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05/10/16 6:10am
Nile Rodgers

Niles Rodgers poses for a selfie with a fan following a lecture he hosted in conjunction with East End Arts at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Saturday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

As music legend Nile Rodgers took the stage at the Suffolk Theater Saturday, a video of his professional life played on a screen overhead.

Featuring a fast-paced voiceover from the Chic guitarist, the two-minute introduction gave an outline of his career as a collaborator who has worked with everyone from Madonna and Michael Jackson to David Bowie and Pharrell Williams.

The list of entertainers Rodgers worked with as a songwriter and producer is so long that at one point during the voice-over he could be heard taking an exaggerated breath before going on to name even more A-listers.

On Saturday, he added one more name to the list: East End Arts, which filled the Suffolk Theater with members and local musicians who attended a master class lecture given there by Rodgers.

“For me, the class is an extension of what my life has always been about,” he told northforker in an interview afterward. “People have always been completely altruistic. They don’t mind sharing knowledge and saying, ‘You know how you do this? This is how you do it.’ ” (more…)

03/30/16 9:28am
Nile Rodgers at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Rodgers at the 2015 FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Grammy-winning musician Nile Rodgers is joining forces with East End Arts this spring and summer.

In May the community arts organization will present a “Master Class” with Rodgers, in which the public can learn about songwriting and the music industry directly from the Chic guitarist himself. The class will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. (more…)

01/01/16 6:02am
The crowd at the 2015 FOLD Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The crowd at the 2015 FOLD Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

We’re counting down the top coolest stories of 2015 on northforker.com. We will publish one story on our list per day, every day, until Jan. 1.

Coming in at number 1 is the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. (more…)