Life on Long Island
Nile Rodgers dance party comes to Riverhead
It’s always risky to crown a yet-to-happen event as “the ___ of the year” -- but if the acts scheduled to appear at that particular occasion are either legendary or currently hot (or both), it makes such a designation a lot less likely to wind up as hyperbole.
For example, on Aug. 19, the All For The East End (AFTEE) group is throwing a dance party, and it could very well end up being the biggest dance music event to take place on Long Island in 2013.
With all the international DJs that spin in the Hamptons during the summer, and the many major mixers that play spots like Aura in East Meadow (1900 Hempstead Tpke., 516-794-3091) and The Emporium in Patchogue (9 Railroad Ave., 631-627-8787) throughout the year, making such a bold declaration – in only August no less, with the fall and winter yet to even start – may seem a tad overblown . . . until the guests of the AFTEE bash are revealed.
As it turns out, one of popular music’s biggest acts will be appearing at this event set for Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead (6025 Sound Ave., 631-298-0075): the legendary disco band Chic, led by Nile Rodgers. With Chic, Rodgers helped create and co-perform such classic tracks as “Good Times,” “Le Freak” and “I Want Your Love” – but then went on to personally help produce music for such musical luminaries as Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross and Duran Duran, among many other artists – and continues his success even today, most notably as a co-writer and backing musician on Daft Punk’s 2013 smash song “Get Lucky.”
But before assuming that a set from Chic signifies this soiree as an old-school get-together, it just so happens that megastar DJ Avicii is also reported (but not officially announced) to be delivering a session as well. Hailing from Sweden, Avicii (aka Tim Bergling) is also a remixer and producer, but has made his biggest career splash as an internationally popular mixer whose following has led to some huge DJ-driven events (including his being the first DJ to ever headline an event at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall). Needless to say, his following is massive -- and with the club-loving Hamptons crowd located relatively nearby, it is a solid bet to assume that if Avicii works the AFTEE fete, the crowds will arrive.
In addition, other slated guests include pop star/ former “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert and the electronic funk duo Chromeo, as well as Amityville-native hip-hop producer and DJ Paul “Prince Paul” Huston. Tickets are available online starting at $149 -- and there will also be an after-party at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead (118 E. Main St., 631-727-43) for $20 at the door, or $10 online at vendini.com (VIP and backstage-pass event ticket holders will receive free admission). Gates open at 5 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the aforementioned All For The East End, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to support and bring attention to the many nonprofit charitable groups that are based on the East End.
For more information and ticket purchase, visit aftee.org.