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…)

05/06/16 6:05am
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO

Herbalist Heather Cusack will hold an herbal workshop on Saturday, May 7 at Sang Lee Farms (Credit: Rachel Young)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events to check out. Or, as always, you can visit northforker.com/events for more ideas.

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08/06/15 3:28pm
Chaka Khan performs during the FOLD Festival. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Chaka Khan performs during the FOLD Festival. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Fans from all over Long Island, New York City, Connecticut and even South Africa came for day two of the “Freak Out! Let’s Dance!” (FOLD) music festival Wednesday at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

The eclectic mix of musicians, which included ’80s New Wave band Duran Duran, singer Janelle Monae and the Queen of Funk herself, Chaka Khan, drew a range of people from all generations.

Q-Tip was expected to play, but was a no-show. And Chuck D, who was expected to play on Tuesday but did not attend the concert, performed on Wednesday instead. (more…)

08/06/15 7:45am
Duran Duran provided the grand finale at the two-day FOLD Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Duran Duran provided the grand finale at the two-day FOLD Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The two-day FOLD Festival concluded with performances from Duran Duran, Chaka Kahn, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers and more at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Wednesday.  (more…)