Legendary recording and performing artists The Pointer Sisters will make their only scheduled Chicago-area appearance of the year when they perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville.
With a style that blends elements of pop, disco, jazz, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock, The Pointer Sisters continue to entertain audiences nearly 40 years after their recording debut, performing hits like “Fire,” “He's So Shy,” “Slow Hand” and “I'm So Excited.”
Tickets are $75, $65 and $60; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Today’s lineup features original members Ruth, Anita and Bonnie Pointer. (A fourth sister, June, died in 2006.) The group was founded in the early 1970s, and their early recording of music for a series of educational cartoons, “Pinball Number Count,” is a “Sesame Street” classic.
Their 1973 popular music debut featured their version of Allen Toussaint’s “Yes We Can Can,” which rose to No. 11 on the Billboard charts. In 1975, the quartet won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Fairytale.” That year they achieved the rare distinction of becoming the first black female singers to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
In 1976 The Pointer Sisters appeared in the film “Car Wash,” and in 1979 their cover of Bruce Springsteen's “Fire” climbed to No. 2 on the U.S. singles charts. In 1980 the soulful pop single “He's So Shy” reached No. 3 on the charts, and the following year the sultry ballad “Slow Hand” reached No. 2.
The 1980s would see their commercial success peak with hits like 1982’s “I'm So Excited.” In 1984 the group received Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Jump (For My Love)” and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices for “Automatic.”
In 1994 The Pointer Sisters were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sisters were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005. Visit www.thepointersisters.com to learn more.
Boyz II Men, which previously was announced to perform in Pfeiffer Hall on May 15, has been rescheduled for Sept. 25, 2010. The Pointer Sisters performance concludes North Central College’s 2009-2010 Fine & Performing Arts Season. The College will announce its 2010-2011 season in June.
This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events and performances for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).