Five Points announces inaugural entertainment series

Jennifer Freeman

Five Points recently announced the inaugural Entertainment Series 2010-11. The program offers season tickets to four shows beginning in August and concluding in April of 2011.

This year’s line-up includes a celebration of the swing movement, called “Club Swing” with the vocal ensemble, Five By Design, the musical “Bruce in the U.S.A.,” a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, a comedy show by The Second City and country singer Pam Tillis.

Special events planner Brian Garnant said the series offers “something for everyone.”

“There’s a wide variety of different shows. … The swing show should appeal to a lot of people who grew up in that era. Then there’s the Bruce Springsteen tribute; everyone’s a fan of his,” he said.

The Second City is currently celebrating 50 years of improvisation, sketches and songs and will bring their unique brand of comedy to the Caterpillar Auditorium. The Chicago-based organization has been a force in the comedy industry since 1959, launching the careers of well-known performers, such as Tina Fey, Mike Myers and the late Chris Farley.

Country singer Pam Tillis, who was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1994, will end the series with her performance April 16. Tillis has had six No. 1 songs since 1990, including the single, “Mi Vida Loca.”

Garnant said a panel of 15 people who reviewed a narrowed-down list of performers from the Arts Midwest Conference last year chose the acts.

The panel gave consideration to suggestions made by Five Points members and past ticket-buyers when booking the performers for the inaugural entertainment series.

Series tickets for all four shows are now on sale for $80. Individual tickets will be sold beginning July 12 for $25 per event. Tickets for seniors and students will be $22 per event. For more information, or to buy a ticket, call 444-8222, or visit