Monday, June 26, 2017

CHIC Comes Back Home

April 10, 2014


Nile Rodgers & CHIC "I Want Your Love" LIVE at Glastonbury 2013

Over the last few years I've been building the CHIC brand outside of America. The rest of the world still seems to have expanded the communal concert vibe we started in America back in the 60's i.e. Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Newport, Kool Jazz and many others.

Last year we played one of our first big festivals in America; Outlands at Golden Gate Park. We drew 35 thousand people. I know that San Francisco is a little ahead of the curve on certain movements, but it was wonderful to play live dance music for a huge crowd of Americans.

As I'm writing this we have three festivals booked in America and we're adding more:

MoogFest in Asheville, NC: GET TIX »
Hardfest at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles: GET TIX »
and
The Essence Festival in New Orleans: GET TIX »

There's a distinctly different vibe at these types of shows. They're safer and more family friendly, the people are laid back but over the top with excitement, and there's nothing but love in the house. And you wind up hearing more hit songs than you could have ever imagined - because most people don't know how many songs I've actually done until they hear them.

If you live near LA, New Orleans, or Asheville, NC - come on out - you will have the time of you life. I want to start to know my American peep's faces and names as well as I do my other friends. Everywhere I go in the world I see people I know virtually and then it becomes tactile at the show.

I'm going to post a few random photos of what a typical CHIC show looks and feels like - and why I'm so happy to play more concerts in America. Last year we played to almost three million people around the world. This year, CHIC Comes Back Home.

 


Nothing but love at a CHIC show


Nothing but love at another CHIC show


Nothing but love at yet another CHIC show


Nothing but love at a CHIC show in Serbia


Nothing but love at a CHIC show - 65,000 people in London


Here's a series of pics I'm very proud of: We had double the crowd of the year before's entire attendance just for CHIC in Kowloon, China


We had double the crowd of the year before's entire attendance, just for CHIC in Kowloon, China


We had double the crowd of the year before's entire attendance, just for CHIC in Kowloon, China


We had double the crowd of the year before's entire attendance, just for CHIC in Kowloon, China


Giving up CHIC love in Iceland


Me and electronic music Pioneer Giorgio Moroder - We'll be playing Hard Fest Disco at Hollywood Bowl and MoogFest in Asheville, NC together


Outside Lands: where we drew 35,000 people


U2's Bono giving up CHIC love in the South of France


More than 15 thousand party people in Serbia at ExitFestival - This was the place to be that night


Back in the day they told us Disco Sucks - after my partner died, I set out to prove them wrong


Come on out and do what me and my friends have been doing all around the world this year


I think this night's crowd measured on the Richter scale - thousands and thousands dancing in sync


CHIC and Janelle Monáe on stage together at iTunes Festival in London


Bestival was huge - this shot just shows about half the crowd


What a way to end the show in Eindhoven - massive girl kissing orgy - The Netherlands love funky disco