The Pointer Sisters make excitement in Maysville

2007-09-30T01:00:00Z The Pointer Sisters make excitement in MaysvilleBy MISTY MAYNARD Ledger Independent
September 30, 2007 1:00 am  • 

On the corner of Market and Third streets, a location where Rosemary Clooney is said to have gotten her start singing with her sister and a friend, another set of singing sister sensations took the stage Saturday night.

With powerhouse vocals, and an engaging and high-energy performance, The Pointer Sisters pulled many from the crowd up from their seats and onto their feet to dance and sing along to popular favorites like "Jump (For My Love)" and "I'm So Excited."

"I want people to move," said Ruth Pointer during part of the show. "I want to feel you … You all boogie and have fun!"

"It was a blast, we had such a good time," said Mica Darley, part of the "Clooney clan" assembled for the ninth annual Rosemary Clooney Concert.

Darley has attended the concert a number of times previously, and said the concert is always good. However, this year The Pointer Sisters presented what Darley termed a "cross generational" performance, entertainment for everyone.

"(We're) just having the time of our lives," she said.

Kimberly Davenport attended the concert for the first time this year after Steve and Heath French Henry invited her. The Frankfort resident said she enjoyed the music, and commended Maysville for putting on an event like the Rosemary Clooney Concert.

"I thought it was fantastic," she said.

Heather French Henry was equally as enthusiastic.

"I was dancing … especially when they started singing 'Jump,'" she said. "Any time the crowd ends the show on their feet, that's a good sign."

Early in the evening as dinner was served, emcees for the event, Denny Keller and daughter, Caroline Keller Reece interacted with the audience a bit, introducing certain guests and searching for the guests who had travelled the farthest to attend the event.

While some guests travelled from several states away to attend, there were a few in the crowd who made the trip from overseas, including a couple from England and a guest from the Netherlands.

Other guests recognized included Nick and Nina Clooney, the Henrys, Miss America 1971 and former first lady of Kentucky Phyllis George Brown, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo.

Opening the night's entertainment was the Louisville Male High School Choir with songs from the 1980s, with the nearly 250 students dancing and singing their way through such hits as "Footloose" and "I Need a Hero."

The night featured a surprise performance by the Pangaea Tribe, with their drums and contagious beat filling the downtown area.

But it was The Pointer Sisters that drew the most enthusiastic welcome, with screams and applause greeting their entrance onto the stage.

The three women, Ruth, Anita and Issa interacted with the crowd, Ruth at one point coming down into the crowd. During "Jump (For My Love)," the women held out their microphones to get the crowd to sing with them.

Nick Clooney said each year the concert is unique and entertaining, but The Pointer Sisters were a fitting act to pay tribute to his sister, Rosemary. He pointed out the parallels between where Rosemary Clooney used to perform with her sister, Betty, and friend, Blanche Chambers, and where The Pointer Sisters performed that evening.

"That's where it all started," he said of the location and Rosemary Clooney's career.

Proceeds from the event will be split between the Downing Performing Arts Academy and the Maysville Players. From the partnership, the Rosemary Clooney Cultural Enrichment Endowment was created to provide "artistic instruction" and to ensure the "Ohio Valley's tradition of cultural excellence continues for many years to come."

The dinner and concert were not the only activities to draw crowds during the weekend.

Friday night Phil Dirt and the Dozers performed a free concert, and Saturday the Mason County Orchestra performed with soloists from the Downing Performing Arts Academy at the downtown high school auditorium, while the Limestone Chorale performed at the Washington Opera House and Woody Wood's Big Band performed at the Second Street Mall.

Also Saturday was the Maysville Player's annual Picnic in the Parking lot and the unveiling of the Rosemary Clooney mural near Limestone Landing.

Sunday, there was a musical event at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The unveiling of the mural attracted a crowd Saturday afternoon. It was the 10th mural and culminated 10 years of efforts by the Maysville-Mason County Floodwall Mural Committee.

The two-panel tribute was painted by artist Robert Dafford of Dafford Murals and his staff.

Dafford said just before the ribbon was cut that he had always admired Rosemary Clooney, but never dreamed he would be able to paint her portrait.

When Nick Clooney spoke he shared stories of his grandfather's tenure as mayor and the dedication of the Simon Kenton Bridge, and the part of the mural depicting Rosemary Clooney riding in a car during a parade.

Nick Clooney said his grandmother was in the car because Rosemary Clooney decided she could not miss the parade, and crossed the bridge from Aberdeen, Ohio into Maysville to pick up her grandmother and put her in the car. She then drove back into Aberdeen, and recrossed the bridge to begin the parade.

Nick Clooney said he was grateful of the effort that went into the mural.

"The Clooneys thank you for the generosity to our entire family for all of our lives," he said.

Jerry Lundergan of The Lundergan Group, which organizes the Rosemary Clooney Concert, said he was very pleased with the concert.

"It brought out the best of Maysville tonight," he said.

For next year, the 10th anniversary of the concert, Lundergan only promises it will be "bigger and better." He even recommended people who know they want to attend next year reserve their tickets now as it will definitely be a "sell out" event.

Contact Misty Maynard at or 606-564-9091, ext. 274.

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