ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown, a massive showcase for musicians associated with the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, will take over 13 stages throughout Bricktown beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13 in downtown Oklahoma City, culminating in a headlining performance by Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.
Chic, which performs at 9 p.m. April 13 on the main stage near Zio's on the Bricktown Canal, is widely regarded as the best band of the disco era, a group that took the downtown club music of the mid-1970s and rebuilt it with a deep foundation of funk.
Led by guitarist Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson, Chic generated massive hits in the late-1970s, including “Good Times,” “Le Freak,” “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowzah, Yowzah, Yowzah)” and “I Want Your Love.” During Chic's heyday, Rodgers and Edwards also produced huge hits for Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”) and Diana Ross (“Upside Down,” “I'm Coming Out”). The bass line for “Good Times” became the foundation for two other hits: the Sugarhill Gang's “Rapper's Delight” and Queen's “Another One Bites the Dust.”
In the 1980s, Rodgers became an in-demand producer for acts such as David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Mick Jagger and the Thompson Twins. He recently completed work on Daft Punk's upcoming album, “Random Access Memories.” Rodgers will conduct a master class, discussing his life's work and techniques, at 5 p.m. April 12 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan.
Another highlight of ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown is the Mutating Cell Ensemble, a group of ACM@UCO students performing music written and conducted by multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips.
Mutating Cell Ensemble performs at 11 p.m. April 13 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.
Student performances include sets by Brave, Fos, The Hitt Boyz, Tallows and Angry Beards.
For more information, go to the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown page on Facebook.