Songwriter. Producer. Guitarist. Legend. Nile Rodgers is quite sui generis. He has worked with the top artists in the world over the last 40 years. With all of his work combined, Rodgers’ album sales have reached over 500 million worldwide with 75 million singles sales. For the annual Hollywood Bowl 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, Nile Rodgers and CHIC played three nights--July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th--full of hits with the L.A. Philharmonic. The L.A. Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, opened the show by paying tribute to the armed forces of the United States. As each theme was played, a different division stood up to be recognized for their dedication to and sacrifice for our country. Members of the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and Navy were in attendance.
After a fifteen minute performance by the Philharmonic, DRUMLine Live took the stage. DRUMLine Live is the same group that played Coachella with Beyonce for “Run The World (Girls)”. The band gave a killer performance that segued into CHIC taking the stage. Nile Rodgers and CHIC along with the L.A. Philharmonic opened with "Everybody Dance," and "Dance Dance Dance". All songs performed live by CHIC were either written, produced, or played on by Nile Rodgers. After a third CHIC hit, "I Want Your Love," CHIC performed songs of other artists that Rodgers worked with. The next six songs were hits from Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, and Madonna. Before Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", Rodgers shared his diagnosis and journey with an aggressive form of cancer. During this time, he wrote and recorded more songs than ever before. A big question many have is what kind of band CHIC is since it's so diverse. Rodgers answered by describing it as an "R&B Disco Funk Soul Band"
CHIC played one of their biggest hits, "Le Freak," before the L.A. Philharmonic took over the stage for the fireworks portion of the show. Joining them during the fireworks was the U.S. Air Force Band. During the fireworks spectacular, the Philharmonic played marching classics by John Philip Sousa including "Stars and Stripes Forever". DRUMLine Live then returned to the stage for one last appearance. Ending this memorable evening, Chic closed with their friends and family grooving on stage with them to "Good Times" combined with “Rappers Delight”.