With tickets set to go on sale to the public in a few days, singer Natalie Cole has canceled a show originally set for July 17 at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville.

With tickets set to go on sale to the public in a few days, singer Natalie Cole has canceled a show originally set for July 17 at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville.

The singer just had a kidney transplant.

"She's cancelling a few months worth of shows," Britt marketing manager Sarah King Cole said. "I think it's about the best excuse I've ever heard."

In another change, G. Love and Special Sauce canceled a planned Sept. 11 appearance at the Lithia Motors Amphitheater in Central Point, citing scheduling conflicts.

Tickets for Britt's 2009 season will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m., Tuesday. Tickets will also be available from Britt's Web site (www.brittfest.org), by phone (773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488) or in person at the Britt Box Office, 216 W. Main Street, Medford.

With the first show, Los Lonely Boys, just two weeks off, Cole said no shows have yet sold out, and tickets are still available for all concerts.

The G. Love and Special Sauce performance was part of a co-bill with Michael Franti and Spearhead. Franti will still perform on Sept. 11, but the show will be moved from the Lithia Amphitheater in Central Point to the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville.

— Bill Varble