Dance like no one’s watching at an epic showcase of some of disco’s most memorable acts.
WORDS ANNA RAWHITI-CONNELL / PHOTOS SUPPLIED
Big hair, big shoes and big moves – The Pointer Sisters had it all when they launched into the charts in the ’70s with their special blend of funk, soul, disco and gospel. Hits like Jump and I’m So Excited still get people out of their seats at their shows to do the Soul Train slide. Make no mistake, theirs is music to boogie to wearing your best gold lamé outfit.
The Pointer Sisters are now comprised of original member Ruth Pointer and her daughter and granddaughter, Issa and Sadako Pointer. Issa’s dad is former Temptations member Dennis Edwards, so music truly flows through her veins. Sadako is also a professional dancer who brings her slick, high-energy moves to their show.
The Pointer Sisters take the stage at A Summer’s Day Disco at the Mount on January 10 as part of a legendary line-up that includes The Jacksons, Sister Sledge, Village People, The Sounds of the Supremes and Kool & the Gang. And these aren’t tribute bands – they’re the actual groups with original members and some fantastic new additions.
It’s a crew Ruth is very excited about. “Whoever we’re on in front of, we usually try to change our costumes as quickly as possible so we can get out there and see who’s coming on next,” she says. “We’re fans of all these people.”
This may be Ruth’s last tour in this part of the world, so New Zealand followers should take the opportunity to get excited and show their love for The Pointer Sisters and their canon of pulsating disco hits. Ruth’s excitement about the future of music shines through when she’s asked how she feels about wrapping up her trips downunder. “There are enough other wonderful artists coming along behind me who can come right in there and take over. I’m happy to let ’em have it.”
We might see some of the artists Ruth’s talking about in 2020. The ‘A Summer’s Day’ format is set to continue evolving, changing its theme each year. But before we start looking ahead, we have a disco day out to get into the groove for. So what can the Mount audience expect from The Pointer Sisters?
“They’re going to get the songs that they’ve heard, but with a little bit of a different twist to them,” says Ruth. “Issa and Sadako both bring a youthful element to the show, so I can just step back and turn those girls loose.”