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Nile Rodgers Offers Up 600 Free Chic Tickets To Federal Workers Affected By Shutdown
Chic mastermind and guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers is opening his heart—and the box office—to federal government workers who have been impacted by the shutdown, offering 300 pairs of tickets to Chic's show this Saturday at MGM National Harbor near Washington, D.C. For Rodgers, the act of generosity comes from a very personal place.
@nilerodgers & @CHICorg TO PROVIDE “#GOODTIMES” FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS SUFFERING FROM THE #SHUTDOWN
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— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) January 22, 2019
"As a two-time cancer survivor, I believe music has a tremendous power and this is a small gesture I can make to provide some joy and healing,” Rodgers said. “In one of my biggest songs I wrote, ‘We Are Family, I’ve got all my sisters with me.’ I consider all of these people to be my brothers and sisters and I hope this lets them know that we are 100 percent behind them."
Rodgers also called the giveaway an effort to support the "incredibly hard-working people who provide important service to our country" affected by the shutdown.
With Chic's 1978 debut album, C'est Chic, Rodgers earned his first No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Le Freak" and "Good Times." He went on to earn three GRAMMY wins for his with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, including Album Of The Year for 2013.
Tickets are available now, and federal government employees who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay can apply for a free pair via Eventbrite.