It’s a testament to music producer Nile Rodgers’ sway and influence that he was able to convince some of the biggest acts in music — including the two most recent Grammy Album of the Year winners — to play a concert at a Riverhead vineyard better known for hosting weddings than music festivals.
But one of the stars of the FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards drove home just how important Rodgers has been for many an artist’s career when he declared that he would do nearly anything for the Chic guitarist.
“It’s an honor to be on a song with you,” Pharrell Williams told Rodgers following a three-song set that included megahit “Get Lucky,” which was produced and cowritten by Rodgers. “Anything you need from me in the future, you don’t have to ask, you just tell.”
Williams, along with Beck, Keith Urban and Paloma Faith, were among the stars who Rodgers persuaded to perform on Tuesday at day one of the two-day festival. The artists expected to take the stage on Wednesday include Duran Duran, Chaka Khan and Q-Tip.