Monday, August 26, 2013

The City of Gary's Annual Michael Jackson Tribute Aug. 29-31, 2013: Details right here!

UPDATE: ADDITIONAL INFO FROM THE CITY OF GARY,IN's MAYOR'S OFFICE AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2013 Three-Day Tribute to Honor Michael Jackson in Gary, Ind. Michael's Legacy will be hosted by Joyce Irby (former member of Klymaxx) and Glenn Cosby (radio personality for Chicago’s V-103 WVAZ-FM) at 2300 Jackson St. (Gary, Ind.) - Fans of Gary native and world famous performer Michael Jackson will have a chance to celebrate this iconic entertainer for three days. Beginning Aug. 29 at 3:30p.m., a block party will kick-off at 2300 Jackson St. filled with an afternoon of music, live entertainment and food vendors. Festivities will continue Friday, Aug. 30 at 3:30p.m. with more performances by local Gary talent as well as acts from across the country. The block party on Saturday will begin at 11:30a.m. with music, fun, games and will conclude with a fireworks display at dusk. At the request of matriarch Katherine Jackson, President of 442 No. Mass. Productions Sandy Christmas has been working with city officials to plan this tribute. "Mrs. Jackson, in honoring her son, wanted to give back to the city of Gary, Indiana," said Christmas. "The city has been very helpful in identifying local talent and vendors to ensure that this event will be successful." Jackson will also be presented with an award from representatives of Roosevelt High School at the start of Friday’s festivities. Some of the vendors include Miller Pizza, Glen Park Shrimp, Big Daddy's Barbeque, Jamba Juice along with several others. There will also be a DJ on-site each day playing MJ tunes in between the performances. "We are honored that Mrs. Jackson is hosting such a celebratory affair for Gary's most famous native son," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "Fans from near and far are invited to come out and have a great time. It's a perfect way to kick-off your long weekend." For a more information about the line-up of performers, visit ### City of Gary’s Mission To serve the current and future citizens of Gary by providing a safe, clean and working city that continuously improves the quality of life of its residents and establishes Gary as a national model for urban revitalization. City of Gary’s Vision The City of Gary will be safe, smart, accessible, prosperous and green. City Hall will provide the citizens of Gary with effective and responsive service while maintaining high ethical standards and fiscal discipline. Chelsea L. Whittington Director of Communications, City of Gary O: 219-881-1314 F: 219-881-1397 E: Description: Description: South Shore CVA Facebook Description: Description: South Shore CVA Twitter Description: Description: South Shore CVA Youtube Description: Description: Icon@2xDownload our new 311 Application for iPhone or Android Media reps may reach Sandy Christmas at or (818) 272-0053. It is hard to believe that this will be the fourth year the city of Gary is celebrating the King of Pop Michael Joseph Jackson's birthday(Aug. 29, 1958). A lot of events are taking place in Jackson's hometown from Aug. 29-31 and all are invited to come and join in on the fun! For all the details, visit http://www.officialmjjtribute or follow ‏@officialmjjtribute. Also, check out more details at Please enjoy a few photos taken by yours truly of previous birthday celebrations including a 2011 celebration where Katherine Jackson and Jackson's children Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket visited Gary.

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