Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist Nile Rodgers will produce, perform, and host the FreakOut! Festival®, an all-star concert to be presented at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island on August 4 and August 5, 2015. Co-produced by music industry veteran Michael Ostin and Peter Herman of Nile Rodgers Productions, the FreakOut! Festival® is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event that will feature Rodgers and his multi-platinum band CHIC sharing the stage with music legends and contemporary trailblazers like Beck, Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monàe, Q-Tip, Keith Urban, and Pharrell Williams, among other artists. In both scope and size, it’s the first music festival of its kind on Long Island. It will be the ONLY time you will see the two most recent Grammy® “Album Of The Year” winners (Nile Rodgers/Pharrell, 2014 and Beck, 2015) perform together on the same stage and for some artists, the first time you will be able to see them perform live in 2015.
Destined to be the premier music event of summer 2015, the FreakOut! Festival® will bring the live music experience to a whole new level of spontaneity and excitement. The constellation of performers Nile Rodgers has invited to appear is truly world-class. Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist’s distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style as a songwriter, producer, and founder of CHIC. The FreakOut! Festival® is the only place to see this roster of incredible acts join Rodgers, and in some cases, perform a set of their own hits with CHIC. In conjunction with this extraordinary two-day event, Rodgers will also conduct recording sessions with featured artists at a private studio outside the festival grounds.
Michael Ostin and Peter Herman have each collaborated with Rodgers in various capacities over the years. Ostin’s esteemed career in music spans more than three decades as a former senior executive at Warner Bros. Records and DreamWorks Records, and co-founder of Rodgers’ new Land of The Good Groove label distributed by Warner Bros. “I’ve worked with Nile for over 16 years,” says Peter Herman. “We have created, performed and produced hundreds of concerts and festivals worldwide. I am thrilled to now co-produce The Nile Rodgers FreakOut! Festival® with Nile and Michael Ostin. Additionally, I have the great pleasure to be working with the awesome Town of Riverhead and to be a part of this culturally cool environment.”
A special part of this two-day event will be the onsite DJ Magazine “DJ Tent” that will host the most cutting edge and notable DJs on the scene today, including: Autograf, Bad Royale, EC Twins, Eric B Greg Cerrone, GTA, Lea Luna, Lenno, Slander, Thomas Gold, The Martinez Brothers and Q-Tip. With a heritage spanning over two decades, DJ Mag has helped shaped the tapestry of the $6.9 billion dollar market dance music is today. Bold stories, big interviews, cutting edge technology, events and polls that set the industry standard, it is the definitive global dance music media brand.