Oh, panic! Nile Rodgers and Chic caused a stir at this year’s City Parks Foundation Benefit Dinner and Concert at SummerStage in Central Park on Thursday, September 29 with an electric performance. The band performed “Le Freak”, “Le Freak” from Chic’s Hot 100, “Get Lucky” from Daft Punk (co-written by Rodgers) and ended with “Good Times”, with a little interlude of “Rapper’s Delight” of the Sugarhill Gang (which, of course, is built on Chic’s “Good Times”).
CPF, through its Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Festival, is “one of the largest providers of free arts and culture programs in New York City parks. It serves 300,000 New Yorkers each year through arts, educational, athletic and community development initiatives,” a press release read.
“We make people happy,” said Heather Lubov, the association’s executive director. Billboard. “We bring people to the parks so they can enjoy their neighborhood parks, whether it’s listening to music at SummerStage, playing tennis, or learning how to grow their food in a community garden. Everything we do is aimed at getting people into the parks and keeping them.
Rodgers, who brought a “DiscOasis” disco rink to Central Park this summer after a successful run in Los Angeles, said the festivities have “been really amazing.”
“I wish I could spend more time skating, but I’ve been touring so much this year,” Rodgers said. Billboard at the event.
Rodgers isn’t the only star to rock the mic at DiscOasis in Central Park. On August 10, Madonna celebrated the release of her remix compilation album Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones at the outdoor rink. The Roots’ Questlove acted as DJ, spinning Madonna hits and disco classics for the skaters to show off their groovy moves. Madonna and Rodgers reunited at the funky and fun event and spoke to the public about 1984’s making like a virgin together.
“Madonna. She’s great. She’s one of the hardest working artists I’ve ever worked with,” Rodgers said. Billboard. “Besides, it’s with her that I earned the most money. Biggest album of my life. »
Rodgers noted that he met Madonna early in his career, and now the megastar has achieved so much. ” She’s great. I’m very proud of her,” Rodgers said. “She did exactly what she said she was going to do – rule the world!”
Other stars at the CPF dinner and benefit concert included Sheryl Crow, who performed her hit singles “If It Makes You Happy” and “All I Wanna Do.” She closed her set with a cover of “Live With Me” by the Rolling Stones.
The event in the spotlight CBS News senior cultural correspondent Anthony Mason with the SummerStage Icon Award and the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund with the People & Parks Award. CPF raised $1.3 million in donations, making it its most successful benefit yet, according to a press release.
The DiscOasis takes place in New York until Saturday (October 1).