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NILE RODGERS MASTER CLASS: Special Talk with Grammy-winning Music Legend and Hitmaker (posted March 24, 2016)

NILE RODGERS MASTER CLASS: Special Talk with Grammy-winning Music Legend and Hitmaker (posted March 24, 2016)

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Press contact: Stephanie Israel
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East End Arts Presents
Special Talk with Grammy-winning Music Legend and Hitmaker
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Suffolk Theater, Riverhead, NY

(RIVERHEAD, NY, March 24, 2016) –– East End Arts is thrilled to announce a very special event at the Suffolk Theater this spring: Nile Rodgers Master Class. The event will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Suffolk Theater, located at 118 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. At this special, not-to-be-missed talk, legendary “hitmaker” Nile Rodgers will touch on songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry, and will be followed by a Q&A session. This event is open to the public and is perfect for musicians, music lovers, and all community members interested in any aspect of the music industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up for the FOLD Music Festival Volunteer Intern Program. For more information, and to purchase tickets before this event sells out, visit

The career of Nile Rodgers is one of the most enduring and prolific in music. Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times," distinguished CHIC as the "most sampled band in history" (The Guardian, 2011), won CHIC ten Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, and generated groundbreaking pop hits like "Le Freak," which was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (diana), and Sister Sledge (We Are Family), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Additionally, Nile is the Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF).

After the Master Class, Nile Rodgers will attend East End Arts ARTworks Gala taking place at East Wind in Wading River, NY, where he will be the honorary chair and will give the Keynote Address. This event begins at 6:00 PM and is honoring Bank of America. For more information, see below, or visit

Nile Rodgers comments about this special relationship with East End Arts: "I am so glad to be partnering with East End Arts and their mission of community enrichment through the arts and education. One universal language unites us all, and that is, The Arts. That is why East End Arts is a prime example of what I believe and stand for. Join me in supporting this wonderful organization and together, through the arts, we can make our world a better place."

In addition to the Master Class event, East End Arts is thrilled to be working closely with Grammy-winning music legend Nile Rodgers on a variety of upcoming projects and events in the Spring and Summer of 2016 that will greatly impact the music scene and the community of the East End of Long Island. Through a connection that has blossomed into a strong partnership, the legendary “hitmaker” and the community arts organization have worked closely to:
• Offer new music scholarship opportunities to minority youth on the East End with a generous donation to the scholarship fund at the East End Arts School by Nile Rodgers Productions.
• Support the selection of a local band and a solo artist to perform on the Main Stage at the FOLD Music Festival to be held August 12-14 at Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork, as well as including visual artists participation in the festival.
• Present a “Master Class” with Nile Rodgers to the public, where the community will learn about songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry directly from the “hitmaker”, which will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, NY. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
• Offer Nile Rodger's wisdom on the music industry and his experiences with a Keynote Address at East End Arts ARTworks Gala which will also be held on Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 PM at the East Wind in Wading River, NY. For more information, visit
For more information about each of these programs, visit

For more information, contact East End Arts at 631-727-0900.

For more information about Nile Rodgers, please contact Fran DeFeo PR at
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.