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Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After taking part in a star-studded concert last August and telling town leaders earlier this year that he sees himself playing in Riverhead on an annual basis — including this August — a repeat Nile Rodgers concert won’t be happening this summer after all.

The Grammy Award-winning performer told the Town Board  in May that he planned to play at Martha Clara Vineyards on Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 this year. However, following last year’s  All For the East End Concert — which featured Mr. Rodgers and bis band Chic, Adam Lambert, and Avicci — this year’s event proved too much to put together as it evolved and the date grew nearer and nearer.

Dennis McDermott, one of the board members of AFTEE, was also helping Nile Rodgers Productions in a separate role make plans for a three-day festival this summer, particularly a Friday night downtown component.

“The scope got kind of big with the downtown component,” he said. “We had to kind of regroup a little bit. All of the parties are still interested — Martha Clara, Nile Rodgers, AFTEE and the Business Improvement District. But we decided to step back and regroup for next year.”

Proceeds from Nile Rodgers Productions’ concerts were going to benefit AFTEE, a nonprofit that raises money and distributes to other East End nonprofit organizations. Last year’s concert raised $50,000 which was distributed in $2,500 increments to groups such as Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, the North Fork Spanish Apostolate and the North Fork Animal Welfare League.

But after that meeting with the Town Board in late May, a representative from Nile Rodgers Productions actually pulled the plug on the event shortly after.

Peter Herman, the co-executive director of Niles Rodgers Productions, sent an email to Supervisor Sean Walter one week after he and Mr. Rodgers met with the town board on May 29. At that point in the process, the group needed a Chapter 90 application — a special events permit — in order to hold the event. However, promoters of the concert had yet to announce who would have been performing.

Mr. Herman said at the time that carrying on without a permit was what put the brakes on the plan.

“I understand that there has been some delay on the vote on our Chapter 90 application. Consequently, NRP will be unable to produce the August 9 – 10, 2014 music event/festival we were planning. Please accept this letter as official notification that we must withdraw our Chapter 90 application.”

Mr. McDermott said Mr. Rodgers still wants to play in Riverhead next year. The music legend said himself in May that he has the same vision.

“I know that we can do something incredible here that is on par with the Sundance Film Festival,” Mr. Rodgers told the board.

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crowd dances along to last August’s concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.

Nile Rodgers, the Grammy Award-winning producer and recording artist who participated in last year’s “All for the East End” concert at Martha Clara in Riverhead, is planning another music festival at that location this August, separate from AFTEE.  (more…)

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crowd dances along to the Aug. 19 concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crowd dances along to the Aug. 19 concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.

To the editor:

To the woman who wrote to complain about the dance festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. Lady, it’s one day out of your year. Young people have to party. You have the whole winter to have silence.

Brenda Casey, Mattituck

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crowd dances along to Monday night’s concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.

Legendary funk artist and music producer Nile Rodgers helped bring more than 4,500 cross-generational concertgoers to Martha Clara Vineyards for what ended up being a sold-out charity concert Monday evening in Riverhead.

See more photos here.

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Swedish DJ sensation Avicii at the All for the East End dance party at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Monday night.

The All for the East End dance party brought more than 3,000 people out to Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Monday night.

The show, featuring headliners Nile Rodgers and his band Chic along with ‘American Idol’ runner up Adam Lambert and Swedish DJ sensation Avicii — benefits 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.

Mr. 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.

Check out Thursday’s issue of the Riverhead News-Review for complete coverage of the event.

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GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | Martha Clara Vineyards will host All for the East End Monday, Aug. 19.

In an effort to sell more tickets to All for the East End, the organizers of the charity concert being held in one week at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead announced Sunday that anyone purchasing tickets this week will receive a second admission free of charge.

The buy one, get one free promotion is being sponsored by Bridgehampton National Bank, which has agreed to donate the cost of the comped tickets.

The show — which features headliners Nile Rodgers and his band Chic along with ‘American Idol’ runner up Adam Lambert and Swedish DJ sensation Avicii — benefits 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 was also announced in June that comedian Russell Peters, and electro bands Chromeo and Mystery Skulls will also be on the bill.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at aftee.org for $149.

Mr. 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  in Juneannouncing the event, Rodgers said, “Just Avicii and Chic is a good show alone.”

“It’s going to be hard to keep some of [the other acts] off the stage with me because that’s what we do,” he said. “We’re a community that loves to support each other.”

The event will take place at Martha Clara next Monday, Aug.19.

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.

“[The event] will be the greatest dance party the East End of Long Island has ever seen,” Mr. Rodgers said. “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.”

gparpan@timesreview.com

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Ray Coyne, shown here at the town’s ice rink, will have to wait to get a new title and a raise.

The Riverhead Town Board was scheduled to vote Wednesday night on whether to change recreation department superintendent Ray Coyne’s title to parks and recreation administrator, which would have increase his salary from  $94,049 to $102,049.

But the board, acting on a motion from Councilman John Dunleavy, voted unanimously to table the bill.

The measure has already become involved in a political battle, as Anthony Coates, who is seeking a Republican nomination to run for Town Council, issued a press release calling the board  “phony Conservatives” and urging the all-Republican board to reject the raise.

The board also held public hearings on two planned sewer district extensions and improvements, one for the new 21st Century Oncology Center in the old P.C. Richard building, and another at a new Stop and Shop gas station on the southeast corner of Route 58 and Ostrander Avenue.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting.

You can review the events of the meeting in the blog below.

 

February 20, 2013 – Agenda by rnews_review

 

February 20, 2013 – Packet by rnews_review