I have always avoided grouping concerts in certain categories for fear of limiting one’s ability to make their own decision on likes and dislikes. However, when we have a situation where some may get shut out of a particular concert they really want to see, I will offer some advice.

Last week I told you that Josh Turner tickets may sell out quickly once we hit the single release date. Well, it happened in less than two days. I see another situation looming that I want to make you aware of. Another Country and Pop Music legend, Kenny Rogers is coming to the Niswonger for a big Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 12. His single ticket release date is not until Sept. 10, about three weeks away. As of this writing, there are only about 160 seats left and we have sold 28 already today! I think you get the point: if you want to see Kenny Rogers Christmas show in Van Wert, you might not want to wait until Sept. 10.

Here is my suggestion. We are currently selling Select Series packages. All you need to do is bundle three or more concerts together and our system will allow you to purchase your seats today, guaranteeing you a seat for Kenny Rogers. By the way, Kenny is bringing a guest female Country star, Linda Davis with him on his Van Wert show. She will be used to compliment Kenny on the many hits songs he sang as duets with the likes of Dolly Parton, Dottie West, and Kim Carnes.

So, here is my suggestion. If you like Kenny Rogers, I think you would probably like Home Free on Jan. 31. They are a Country Music vocal band of five young men who won season four of NBC’s “The Sing Off.” Remember, Kenny Rogers started out as a member of “The New Christy Minstrels.” Another legendary singer you might consider is Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul & Mary.” There are your three concerts to bundle together. Buy now and guarantee your Kenny Rogers seat, AND save yourself 10 percent by bundling!

Another concert that is in serious jeopardy of selling out just happens to be our last concert of the season - “The Temptations.” Since “The Temps” don’t perform at the Niswonger until April 25, the single ticket release date isn’t until Jan. 22 of next year. To date, there are only 240 seats remaining and we just sold 36 today. Good luck waiting another five months if you want to see “The Temptations” in Van Wert!

So here we go. Let’s see what else might be appealing to bundle with “The Temps.” My first thought is Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in their Solid Gold Christmas show on Dec. 19. Not only has this couple sung their own hit songs, they also have a list of legendary songs from their days with “The Fifth Dimension.” And who doesn’t like a soulful, beautiful Christmas concert six days before Christmas? I have been told by others who have seen their Christmas show that it is absolutely wonderful! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Feb. 21, 2015, would also be a lively concert to bundle, or if you are looking for some good laughs, consider comedian, Sinbad.

There you are, my bundling suggestions which will allow you to buy now and avoid getting shut out of a concert in the 1200 seat Van Wert County Foundation Saltzgaber Music Hall this season. I’m sure if you look on line or in one of our catalogs, you may find your own bundle that will accomplish your goal.

Tonight, we honor nearly 200 volunteers who help run the Niswonger Performing Arts Center so smoothly, efficiently and in a friendly way. They come from all over the region and we appreciate their loyalty to the arts and especially to the Niswonger. We will honor them at a banquet on the Central Insurance Stage, where we hope to enlighten and inspire them with a private viewing of the season video and share inside information they can share with friends and acquaintances. Feel free to contact the box office for an application if you would be interested in joining a superb group of caring volunteers.