07/31/14 4:05pm
07/31/2014 4:05 PM
Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After taking part in a star-studded concert last August and telling town leaders earlier this year that he sees himself playing in Riverhead on an annual basis — including this August — a repeat Nile Rodgers concert won’t be happening this summer after all.

The Grammy Award-winning performer told the Town Board  in May that he planned to play at Martha Clara Vineyards on Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 this year. However, following last year’s  All For the East End Concert — which featured Mr. Rodgers and bis band Chic, Adam Lambert, and Avicci — this year’s event proved too much to put together as it evolved and the date grew nearer and nearer.

Dennis McDermott, one of the board members of AFTEE, was also helping Nile Rodgers Productions in a separate role make plans for a three-day festival this summer, particularly a Friday night downtown component.

“The scope got kind of big with the downtown component,” he said. “We had to kind of regroup a little bit. All of the parties are still interested — Martha Clara, Nile Rodgers, AFTEE and the Business Improvement District. But we decided to step back and regroup for next year.”

Proceeds from Nile Rodgers Productions’ concerts were going to benefit AFTEE, a nonprofit that raises money and distributes to other East End nonprofit organizations. Last year’s concert raised $50,000 which was distributed in $2,500 increments to groups such as Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, the North Fork Spanish Apostolate and the North Fork Animal Welfare League.

But after that meeting with the Town Board in late May, a representative from Nile Rodgers Productions actually pulled the plug on the event shortly after.

Peter Herman, the co-executive director of Niles Rodgers Productions, sent an email to Supervisor Sean Walter one week after he and Mr. Rodgers met with the town board on May 29. At that point in the process, the group needed a Chapter 90 application — a special events permit — in order to hold the event. However, promoters of the concert had yet to announce who would have been performing.

Mr. Herman said at the time that carrying on without a permit was what put the brakes on the plan.

“I understand that there has been some delay on the vote on our Chapter 90 application. Consequently, NRP will be unable to produce the August 9 – 10, 2014 music event/festival we were planning. Please accept this letter as official notification that we must withdraw our Chapter 90 application.”

Mr. McDermott said Mr. Rodgers still wants to play in Riverhead next year. The music legend said himself in May that he has the same vision.

“I know that we can do something incredible here that is on par with the Sundance Film Festival,” Mr. Rodgers told the board.

03/07/14 4:16pm
03/07/2014 4:16 PM
Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year's AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

All for the East End officials were surprised to learn Thursday of an August music festival similar — yet unrelated — to last year’s AFTEE concert event at Martha Clara Vineyards, said Claudia Pilato, an executive board member for the nonprofit group.

“The executive board of AFTEE was surprised and totally unaware of this new effort being put in place for this year,” said Ms. Pilato, a vice president of marketing for Bridgehampton National Bank.  (more…)

08/20/13 12:24am
08/20/2013 12:24 AM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Swedish DJ sensation Avicii at the All for the East End dance party at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Monday night.

The All for the East End dance party brought more than 3,000 people out to Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Monday night.

The show, featuring headliners Nile Rodgers and his band Chic along with ‘American Idol’ runner up Adam Lambert and Swedish DJ sensation Avicii — benefits the new non-profit organization All For The East End (AFTEE), which aims to raise funds to support the more than 1,000 not-for-profits on Long Island’s East End with grants.

Mr. Rodgers is best known as one of the founders of the dance band Chic, who brought hits like Le Freak (Aw Freak Out!), Everybody Dance and many others. He has worked as a producer with countless musical heavyweights in a wide range of genres from Madonna to David Bowie, Duran Duran and Dianna Ross. More recently, Rodgers co-wrote and played his famous guitar “The Hitmaker” on the new Daft Punk summer anthem “Get Lucky.”

Self taught and only 22 years old, Avicii has already made a name for himself with his inventive electronic music. He recently headlined the Ultra Music Festival with Madonna in Miami and has also completed a $1-million charity tour. He’s currently considered one of the biggest names in all of music.

Check out Thursday’s issue of the Riverhead News-Review for complete coverage of the event.