Legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers announced that he and his iconic band Chic will be joined by Swedish DJ sensation Avicii at an event at Martha Clara this August billed AFTEE Nile Rodgers Dance Party. The show will benefit the new non-profit organization All For The East End (AFTEE), which aims to raise funds to support the more than 1,000 not-for-profits on Long Island’s East End with grants. It has also been recently announced that Adam Lambert, Russel Peters, Chromeo and Mystery Skulls will also be on the bill. Tickets, which were originally $149, are now buy one get one free, and those who already purchased tickets will receive a free ticket.
Nile Rodgers is best known as one of the founders of the dance band Chic who brought hits like Le Freak (Aw Freak Out!), Everybody Dance and many others. He has worked as a producer with countless musical heavyweights in a wide range of genres from Madonna to David Bowie, Duran Duran and Dianna Ross. More recently, Rodgers co-wrote and played his famous guitar “The Hitmaker” on the new Daft Punk summer anthem “Get Lucky.”
Self taught and only 22 years old, Avicii has already made a name for himself with his inventive electronic music. He recently headlined the Ultra Music Festival with Madonna in Miami and has also completed a $1-million charity tour. He’s currently considered one of the biggest names in all of music.
At a press conference announcing the event, Rodgers said, “Just Avicii and Chic is a good show alone,” but hinted other special guests may be announced soon. “It’s going to be hard to keep some of them off the stage with me because that’s what we do. We’re a community that loves to support each other.”
The event will take place at Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead on August 19. Of the setting, Rodgers joked, “I saw this horse standing where the stage will be and I said, “Hey, you’re in my spot.’”
All For the East End (AFTEE) is a new 501(c)(3) non-profit established to raise awareness of the role not-for-profit organizations play across the East End. Working with the Long Island Community Foundation, AFTEE will establish a grant process to bring in new funds and disperse them to the more than 1,000 registered 501(c)(3) organizations on the East End.
Rodgers summed up, “[The event} will be the greatest dance party the East End of Long Island has ever seen. Dance music unites, dance music is happy and [we] will bring all ages to the dance floor. I say this with a huge amount of humility, but we are really good. I guarantee you’re going to be dancing that night.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at aftee.org for $149 per ticket (buy one get one free). Organizers announced 1,000 tickets have been reserved for residents of the East End at $50 per ticket.