Dust off your momâ€™s high school platform shoes, iron your dadâ€™s favorite flared pants, or, if you donâ€™t have any of these babies lying around, go raid Beaconâ€™s Closet and stat because the biggest disco festival is coming to town!
FOLD, which initially translates into FreakOut! Letâ€™s Dance, was born last year and took place in Martha Clara Vineyard with major stars such as Beck, Pharrell and Keith Urban headlining the event. This year, however, the festival comes back with even more power and a jaw-dropping list of performers including the Village People, Bette Midler, Earth, Wind & Fire, and, obviously, Rodgers himself accompanied by his iconic 70s band, Chic.
Check out this video about the festival and hear from the organizer himself:
Many reasons to Freak Out!
As a typical New Yorker, youâ€™re probably wondering what makes this festival differ from all the other musical gatherings this vast city has to offer. Well, here are a few notable things to keep in mindâ€¦
For one, the lineup itself is really impressive and will cater to various musical tastes. Lead by such disco heavyweights as the Village People best known for their hit tracks â€œYMCA,â€ â€œMacho Man,â€ and â€œIn The Navy,â€Â FOLD also features one of the greatest Broadway performers of all time who also had a knack for disco â€“ Bette Midler.
Midler, 70, whoâ€™s recently joinedÂ The Voice as Blake Sheltonâ€™s mentor, has been in the spotlight since 1970s, released 14 studio albums as a solo artist and starred in a bunch of well-known movies such asTheÂ Stepford WivesÂ and the Halloween classic,Â Hocus Pocus. With such a colorful career as Midlerâ€™s, you know her performance is going to be nothing short of spectacular.
Oh, and letâ€™s not forget Earth, Wind & Fire â€“ a band that, according to Rolling Stone magazine â€œchanged the sound of black pop.â€ Doesnâ€™t ring a bell? What if we say thatâ€¦ we find romance when we start to dance in Boogie Wonderland!!!
Letâ€™s be honest, many of us youngstersÂ have heard those dreamy stories about the legendary Manhattan nightclub Studio 54 â€“ you know, the ones about Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury partying like thereâ€™s no tomorrow. The ones about gallons of glitter being dumped on the crowd on the New Yearâ€™s eve. The ones about people riding in on white horses. (Not a metaphor, btw.)
Makes you want to bite your nails off, doesnâ€™t it? Well, thatâ€™s where FOLD comes in â€“ Nile Rodgersâ€™ festival will feature the â€œdisco pioneerâ€ and former resident DJ at Studio 54, Nicky Siano.
Siano began spinning records at only 17 years old and, together with his brother, founded The Gallery, a disco nightclub that debuted such performers as Grace Jones and Loleatta Holloway. Dubbed as â€œgenius behind the turntable,â€ Siano returns to New York togetherÂ with FOLD festival and we can not but hope for a tirade of sensual tunes thatâ€™ll make us dance our feet off.
NILE RODGERS and CHIC
Now this one is simply a no-brainer.
Sure, if youâ€™re only counting twentysomething years of existence on planet earth, you might not be the biggest fan of Nile Rodgers or even know his name. But believe us â€“ you know his music.
Conquering the big music scene since theÂ early 70s, Nile has a mindblowing list of collaborations under his belt (or maybe under his beret, who knows): Duran Duran, Britney Spears, Madonna, Pharrell, Christina Aguilera are just a few names in Rodgersâ€™ repertoire.
David Bowieâ€™s Letâ€™s Dance album â€“ written by Nile. Daft Punkâ€™s â€œGet Luckyâ€ â€“ co-produced by Nile. Lady Gagaâ€™s emotional Grammyâ€™s tribute to David Bowie â€“ directed by Nile. We could go on and on because this guy has been involved with every funky song you know and love.
At the FOLD festival, Rodgers will be performing with his band Chic, creators of such earworms like â€œEverybody Dance,â€ â€œLe Freak,â€ â€œGood Times,â€ etc. You know you wonâ€™t be able to keep both feet on the ground when Nile starts riffing his guitar.