Jan 27, 2014
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Grammy Winner Nile Rodgers Also Stars in Hometown Connecticut Show

Grammy Winner Nile Rodgers Also Stars in Hometown Connecticut Show

Courtesy of Fairfield Museum and History Center

Above, Grammy winner Nile Rodgers with José Feliciano at the Jan. 16 opening of the Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten exhibit. Right, Rodgers signing autographs for fans that evening.

On Sunday night,  the legendary musician Nile Rodgers was at the 56th Grammy Awards, picking up a trio of golden gramophones for his collaboration with Daft Punk: Album of the Year, “Random Access Memories," Record of the Year, "Get Lucky," featuring Pharrell Williams and Rodgers, and Best Pop Group/Duo Performance for "Get Lucky."

See Rodgers reaction to winning the Grammys.

Less than two weeks earlier, the Westport resident was starring in a much more local event, albeit one with some serious music-world cachet. Rodgers joined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, of The Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads, along with José Feliciano and others, at the opening of the Fairfield Museum and History Center's Fairfield's Rockin' Top Ten exhibit.

“Come see the drum set Chris Frantz played with the Talking Heads, a guitar Keith Richards used on stage with the Rolling Stones, glow-in-the-dark outfits worn by Ashford and Simpson, the ‘cuarto’ guitar José Feliciano used to record “Felix Navidad,” the museum says in an email about the exhibit, which runs through April 28. “Also, come see our modern day ‘Juke Box’ where you can select a video clip from each artist!”

The Museum After Dark opening reception Jan. 16 drew a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd, and it was followed by a panel discussion with Frantz, Weymouth, Rodgers, Feliciano and Chip Damiani, moderated by author/musician Robert Steven Williams.

The exhibit begins the festivities for the town of Fairfield’s 375th anniversary by honoring 10 renowned musicians and musical acts that came from or lived in Fairfield County. The group is celebrated with a collection of rare photographs, music videos and personal belongings of the artists, who include Rodgers with mate Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, as well as Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, The Remains, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, Keith Richards and Donna Summer. All started at least 25 years ago.

Musical performances and lectures have also been lined up to accompany the exhibit. Here are some of the offerings:

On Jan. 29, Frantz and Weymouth return for “Chris and Tina’s All Stars,” a concert and wine tasting to benefit the museum. Caravan of Thieves, Mystic Bowie and The Zambonis will perform.

On Feb. 9, Fairfield University professor Orin Grossman discusses the friendship between Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. And performs music of their early collaborations. On Feb. 23, Jeffrey Williams, author of Home of the Happy Dancers: The Story of Bridgeport’s Ritz Ballroom, gives the history of the swinging dance hall in its hey day from the 1920s to the 1960s.

José Feliciano performs an intimate concert on March 29, with a champagne and dessert reception afterward.

For a complete schedule of events & further information, call 203/259-1598 or visitfairfieldhistory.org.


Grammy Winner Nile Rodgers Also Stars in Hometown Connecticut Show

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