Aretha Franklin cancels concert - Pointer Sisters take her place for the O'Reilly Grand Opening

For Immediate Release: October 26

Media Contact:
Myra Miller
Director of the O'Reilly Family Event Center
Office: (417) 873-6381
Mobile: (417) 849-0155

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2010 — Aretha Franklin has cancelled her show at the O'Reilly Family Event Center scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 for health reasons. Ms. Franklin will not perform any concerts for the rest of 2010. The Pointer Sisters will take the stage on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. for the Grand Opening concert of the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

Since 1973, The Pointer Sisters have held a spot in pop music culture as a vibrant female group. "That's a Plenty" hit the country and pop charts in the early 70s. In 1984, the album "Break Out" featured the song "Neutron Dance" which was on the soundtrack to the hit movie Beverly Hills Cop. The Pointer Sisters have won multiple Grammy Awards and American Music Awards.

"I brought the Pointer Sisters to Springfield in the 1980s and they sold out Hammons Student Center," says local concert promoter Howard Cotner. "The Pointer Sisters put on a dynamic, high energy show that will bring people out of their seats."

Tickets for the Pointer Sisters are between $45 and $125 and can be purchased at

For more about The Pointer Sisters visit their official website at

People who have purchased tickets for Aretha Franklin may use them for the Pointer Sisters' concert, or they can get a refund at the O'Reilly Family Event Center box office until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. To purchase tickets or get a refund, call the box office at (417) 873-6389 or contact box office manager Terrie Coulter at (417) 693-0172 or by e-mail at O'Reilly Family Event Center Director Myra Miller can be contacted at (417) 849-0155 or by e-mail at

A makeup concert date for Aretha Franklin has not been determined.


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