Given the ongoing government shutdown, Nile Rodgers & Chic are giving away free tickets to their upcoming show in Washington D.C. to furloughed employees as well as those who are working without pay during the shutdown.
Nile Rodgers and Chic want to help workers impacted by the shutdown to "leave your cares behind,” so they have set aside 600 tickets for their show at MGM National Harbor on Jan. 26. Furloughed government workers and government employees that are working during the shutdown can apply via a request form. The first 300 applicants will each receive two tickets to the show.
Rodgers said in a statement, “Like many people, I’m frustrated by what’s happening and my heart goes out to these incredibly hard-working people who provide important service to our country, yet have had their lives, disrupted by circumstances, not of their doing.” “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. 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.”
The D.C. stop is one of the band's several special headlining shows amidst the CHER: The Here We Go Again Tour that they are currently joining Cher on.
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