It was absolutely nothing but good times when funk pioneer Nile Rodgers & Chic made a detour at The Theater at MGM National Harbor for a stop on their 2019 tour.
With the type of music that Rodgers is famous for producing, walking into the intimate setting of the venue, you already knew that this was bound to be one funky party. Before any music even started, he commanded the audience to “dance, party, and have a good time”, and indeed that’s what we did.
That sentiment further cemented once he counted off his band and they ripped into a version of Chic’s 1977 single “Everybody Dance“. It was during this time that he would roll through the first medley of hits from the band that brought him to fame, that also included “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “I Want Your Love“.
For OG fans, you may have recognized that the landscape of Chic has changed a little bit, but that’s quite all right. The re-imaged version of the band presented themselves just as talented as the original, comprised of two female singers that acted as direct mirrors of one another, along with six other musicians that helped shape the sound for the night.
Although most people know Rodgers for his work with the band that he helped birth, did you know that he was the mastermind behind a few of your favorite disco hits? Working with so many of the staple acts of the 70’s, we were given such hits as “I’m Coming Out” and “Upside Down” by Ms. Diana Ross, “Greatest Dancer”, as well as “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge…all of which were included in his set.
To my surprise, the beginning chords to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” began playing, and I sat there in sheer amazement that after all of these years, I never knew that this song was touched by Nile Rodgers, and I like to consider myself a musical buff. His versatility at the time was unmatched and undeniable, being one of those true talents who could successfully produce for music genres that could not have been any further apart. This was evident when the cover tracks continued to roll on with Duran Duran’s “Notorious“, “Lost In Music“, and his most recent Billboard topping hit, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky“.
The show closed out with a medley of Chic’s biggest hits “Le Freak” and “Good Times“, in which the entire crowd stood on their feet and got lost in a trance of amazingness. Realizing that regardless of what they may be going through, attending a concert based on great music is one of the best forms of therapy that anyone could partake in.