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Nile Rodgers & Chic performing at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas

Nile Rodgers & Chic | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Nile Rodgers & Chic performing at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on December 17, 2019, with Nile Rodgers, Jerry Barnes, Kimberly Davis, Folami, Ralph Rolle, Russell Graham, Richard Hilton, Bill Holloman, and Curt Ramm.
Nile Rodgers is an American musician, composer, arranger, and guitarist, and is considered one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music.

There can be little argument that Chic was disco's greatest band; and, working in a heavily producer-dominated field, they were most definitely a band. By the time Chic appeared in the late '70s, disco was already slipping into the excess that eventually caused its downfall.

Chic bucked the trend by stripping disco's sound down to its basic elements; their funky, stylish grooves had an organic sense of interplay that was missing from many of their overproduced competitors. Chic's sound was anchored by the scratchy, James Brown-style rhythm guitar of Nile Rodgers and the indelible, widely imitated (sometimes outright stolen) bass lines of Bernard Edwards; as producers, they used keyboard and string embellishments economically, which kept the emphasis on rhythm.

Chic's distinctive approach not only resulted in some of the finest dance singles of their time, but also helped create a template for urban funk, dance-pop, and even hip-hop in the post-disco era. Not coincidentally, Rodgers and Edwards wound up as two of the most successful producers of the '80s.
Setlist for the show at the AT&T Center
  • Chic Cheer
  • Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
  • Everybody Dance
  • I Want Your Love
  • I'm Coming Out / Upside Down / He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family
  • Get Lucky
  • Let's Dance
  • Le Freak
  • Good Times / Rapper's Delight

Nile Rodgers & Chic shared the stage with Cher at the AT&T Center. The band continues across the United States with the last stop at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on December 19, 2019.

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