Best Pop Masterclass: Nile Rodgers and Chic
The kids filing the field in front of What Stage for Nile Rodgers and Chic's Saturday evening mass dance party might not have known what they were in for: hits, hits and more hits. And if these whippersnappers didn't know Rodgers was the writer and/or producer behind pure pop gold such as "Like a Virgin," "Let's Dance," and "Le Freak" before the gig, they sure as hell do now. Leading a current lineup of Chic with studio-tight funk pockets and pitch-perfect harmonies that had to be heard to be believed, the 65-year-old legend led Bonnaroo through a storyteller-style history lesson on his Midas touch, from wedding-party staples like "We Are Family" and "Good Times" to Daft Punk and Pharrell's 2013 instaclassic "Get Lucky." Some heritage acts rest on nostalgia, while others breathe life into their back catalogs and bring their music into the moment. Rodgers and Chic are most certainly among the latter. A.G.