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Nile Rodgers Promises to Turn Forest Hills Stadium into Disco Party

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 29, 2016 6:08pm
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QUEENS — Get ready to "freak out."

Nile Rodgers, a famed guitarist and hit-maker, is throwing a disco party at the Forest Hills Stadium

Several legends of the disco era, including Earth, Wind & Fire, The Village People, Chic, which Rogers co-founded, as well as Bette Midler will be among the artists performing at The Freak Out Let's Dance Festival, or FOLD, on Oct. 8.

Hits he said “you will know right away,” like “Boogie Wonderland," “Y.M.C.A,” “Good Times,” and “Le Freak” will turn the stadium into a dance club under the stars.

“Our canon has a myriad of number one pop songs so everybody is going to feel really good listening to the music,” he added.

Rodgers will be jamming with most of the musicians during the concert which will last about 5 hours as the artists who he said are all friends will be playing individually or together on stage.

“It’s really a bunch of people who love each other, having a great time,” he said. “And if people see us up there having a good time, and I’m sort of like the master of ceremony that ties it all together it creates a great vibe in the audience.”

The lineup will also include several modern acts that Rodgers had success with like DJ Cassidy and Alex Newell, with whom he recorded "Kill the Lights." 

DJ Nicky Siano of Studio 54 is also on the bill.

Rodgers said the idea of the festival came to him several years ago at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland when the organizers wanted to pay tribute to him.

But he said that tributes feel “like it’s the end of career,” so instead he suggested “honor[ing] the music that got me here," which would "show the evolution of dance music" as defined by his own life, he said. 

Since then he organized a number of music festivals, including last year in Riverhead, Long Island.

Rodgers said he is “thrilled” to return to the Forest Hills Stadium where he played with Chic decades ago.

“Maybe I’m getting too romantic but that’s the spot where the Beatles played … and Arthur Ashe,” he said. “I want to be in that place where those things have happened.”

This season's lineup at the stadium included a number of music icons such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Dolly Parton. 

Rodgers said he hopes to bring a “community type of spirit” to the stadium where people will “chill out” together, regardless of their age.

“I just want people to come out and really see just how much fun at this beautiful historic venue they can have,” he said. “It’s a promise that I know I can keep.”

Tickets for FOLD festival range from $79 to $299 and are available here