Nile Rodgers and Chic Bring Funky ‘Good Times’ to Auto Show Charity Preview – The Oakland Press

Nile Rodgers and Chic Bring Funky 'Good Times' to Auto Show Charity Preview – The Oakland Press

The North American International Auto Show got funky on Friday night, September 16 — in the best possible way.

Iconic Nile Rodgers & Chic got the tuxedo and evening robed crowd taking a break from the cars and dance floor at the high-ticket Charity Preview at Huntington Place in Detroit – the first in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. entered with a lavish 70-minute set that explored Rodgers’ Grammy Award-winning career. If he and his eight-piece band had only played Chic’s hits, it would have been enough, but Rodgers turned the performance into a neat, chest-pounding overview of 15 songs from a widespread life in music, which also includes songwriting and production collaborations with among others more David Bowie, Diana Ross, Madonna and Daft Punk.

Photos courtesy of NAIAS

Nile Rodgers & Chic perform at the Charity Preview for this year’s North American International Auto Show at Huntington Plaza in Detroit on Friday evening, September 16 (Photos Courtesy of NAIAS)

Rodgers — dressed in a pink suit and white beret as he strode across the stage playing his Fender telecaster — touched all those performers on the show. He paired two hits from Chic spin-off Sister Sledge – “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” – and did the same for a two-fer medley of Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” and “Upside Down.” . And while Rodgers failed to acknowledge Ross’ Detroit and Motown roots, he did note that Michigan’s Madonna is “from this neighborhood” before recalling that while he was producing her second album, he chose “Material Girl” as the lead single, while drowning him out to go with the title track, “Like a Virgin” (which reached number 2 and 1 on the Billboard charts, respectively).