Michael Jackson “Thriller” Events And Things To Do For October 2014 (Updated 9-22-14)

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Events Until The End Of October.

Thrill The World

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Did you ever want to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? Did you ever think it would be fun to be listed in a world record? Well get ready because THRILL DAY IS OCTOBER 25, 2014 @10pm GMT!!!

Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Volunteer event organizers in cities around the world organize events using the Thrill The World Manual, Workbook and Thrill The World Tool Box.

Anyone can organize an event! No age requirement or experience necessary! And there is no limit to the number of events in each city!

Each event has the option to raise money for a not-for-profit charity of their choice.

All official Thrill The World events that submit their information on time are included in the numbers for setting and breaking world records.

Click here to read more and find a group near you!!!!!

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Have A ‘Thriller’ Of A Night At Wyboston Lakes

Source: Aboutmyarea.co.uk

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‘Don’t Stop til You Get Enough’ of Michael Jackson and his greatest hits as Wyboston Lakes invites you to join us for what is guaranteed to be a spectacular  tribute night this Halloween!

On Friday 31st October relive some of the classics from the King of Pop and some of his worldwide hits such as; Bad, Dirty Diana, Billy Jean and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ as live tribute act Robin Parsons ‘Forever Jackson’ takes to the stage with his ultimate tribute to the legend that is Michael Jackson.

From 7.30pm you have ‘Got To Be There’ as we serve up a delicious three course plated menu which caters for all, with a vegetarian option also available.

“Robin puts on an energetic and captivating performance as Michael Jackson. He has the moves, the voice and the dancers to produce a fantastic spectacle. It’s a tribute to an iconic artists and a great night out too!”- Paul Rhodes Hotel Manager

The Michael Jackson entertainment is guaranteed to thrill and with a disco to follow until 1.00am, you can dance the night away in true Jackson style. Tickets, which are non-refundable and for over 18s only, are £39.50.

If you don’t want to ‘Beat It’ from Wyboston Lakes take advantage of a special all inclusive overnight package including two tickets for the meal, tribute act, disco and overnight stay in a double ensuite room with breakfast for £74.50 per person (based on two sharing).

To book tickets online visit http://www.wybostonlakes.co.uk or call 0333 7007 667 (option 4) to speak with Debbie or Nicola from our events team.

Wyboston Lakes Hotel
Wyboston Lakes
Great North Road
Wyboston
Bedfordshire
MK44 3AL
0333 7007 667
Email: reservations@wybostonlakes.co.uk
http://www.wybostonlakes.co.uk/

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yspa@wybostonlakes.co.uk

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2014 Thriller & Halloween Parade

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Zombies return to haunt downtown Lexington once again! Get down downtown as we celebrate Halloween by recreating Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video for “Thriller.” Presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL, the parade will start at the Kentucky Theater and proceed along Main Street ending at Mill Street. The dance will occur repeatedly along the route followed by a Halloween parade. Festivities also include a Halloween variety pre-show and an after party at the Fifth Third Pavilion. In the event of inclement weather, this free event will take place on Monday, Oct. 27.

For those who would like to dance, participation is open to all willing zombies who attend rehearsals to learn the choreography and parade schematics; however, there is a cutoff date for participation. Simply show up during rehearsal times, which are held throughout the month of October at Mecca Live Studio. For participation instructions and a rehearsal schedule, contact Mecca at meccadancestudio@gmail.com or 254-9790 and ask to be added to the “Thriller” list for updated information on rehearsals.

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Sunday, October 26
(Rain Date: Monday, October 27)
Main Street (Quality Street to Mill Street)

6:30 pm – Dance Showcase (Courthouse Plaza)
8 pm – Halloween and Thriller Parade

For more information click here

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In the Studio with MJ – V2 – London, Copenhagen, Franfort

Source: In The Studio With Michael Jackson

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN RECORDING STUDIO MAGIC

Experience Michael Jackson in the recording studio, at the very heart of his creative process. In this incredible multimedia journey, you’ll learn, see and hear things that will astonish you.

You’ll hear music and behind-the-scenes stories. You’ll see video and photographs. You’ll learn how Michael interacted with his team and how they combined focus and discipline with creativity, fun, and food.

Learn how Michael wrote songs, and how they progressed from the original demo to the album version.  Brad will explain and demonstrate how the songs changed and progressed along the way, as they were edited, remixed and restructured for various dance mixes, short films and live tours.

Discover Michael’s vision and exacting standards for the sound and video systems at Neverland Valley Ranch – including his dance studio and personal listening systems – to give his family and guests an incredible experience.

All of this takes place inside an actual recording studio, for a full multi-sensory experience that will leave you feeling as if you were really there.  Each seminar is limited to an intimate group of people, so you can ask questions and share conversation with Brad and other guests.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00pm – 8:00pm , Cato Studios (map), London, England

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4:00pm – 10:00pm, The Village Recording (map)

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Venue Location TBD

Tickets

Wicked Halloween Run

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LARGEST HALLOWEEN RUN IN STATE

  • 2014 Wicked Halloween Run: 10K, 5K Run/Walk, Monster Mile ~ Welcome to our Wicked Halloween Run – a festive race brought to you by the Kona Running Co. Sign up and wear a Costume!  A Halloween-themed annual race event you will not want to miss because you will experience a spooktacular wicked good time!
  • 2014 10K Finisher Medals: 10K event is limited to 2,500 participants
  • 2014 Tech Shirt*:  Leslie Jordan long-sleeve unisex 1/4 zip “Tech Shirt” for entrants; *guaranteed shirt & size if registered by 10/19/14  
  • New Wicked Double: Participate in 10K & 5K; must run in the 1st Start Wave of 10K & receive a Tech Shirt, 10K medal, Double Finisher medal; limited to 500
  • NEW: Shuttle Buses from ACH Plant parking lot (limited to 1,500 cars) MAP to/from Central Middle School; City of Plymouth will be charging $5 per vehicle ($2.50 to city & $2.50 to charity) in their municipal parking lots & structures so use our free bus shuttles
  • NEW 10K Time Qualifier: Participants must run at “18 minutes or less pace per mile” to register for our 10K event
  • Entertainment & Monster Mash Party: Live onstage Dance Performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by Piazza Dance Co. (choreographer Lindsey Humpert) at start of 10K & 5K; DJ at Kellogg Park; Food & Beverage Buffet & Party in heated Tents at Kellogg Park

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Prince and Michael Jackson Experience – 250th Party

Source: bombhiphop.com

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Oct 18 at Nectar Lounge in Seattle. Prince and Michael Jackson fans celebrate as DJ Dave Paul from San Francisco mixes music from the two artists and ancillary acts.

Collectively, Prince and Michael Jackson helped define the early-’80s era of MTV, revolutionized both R&B and popular music, and influenced thousands of musicians worldwide. This party pays tribute to two of the greatest artists of our time.

The music is far from the only thing happening at this party, there’s theme dancing, a face-off between guests repping The Purple One or The King of Pop, and much, much more. This is the perfect night out to lounge with your friends, make some new friends, get your drink on, dance your @ss off and have the time of your life.

“For ELEVEN years now, Dave Paul (proprietor of hip-hop label Bomb Records) has hosted and DJ’ed at the brilliant “Prince vs. Michael Jackson” parties. As selections of hits, rarities, and remixes from both artists are presented over the course of the evening, audience members square off in funky battle, holding signs bearing the mug of their favored entertainer to judge which one is the true king of pop. This sure ain’t the place for cynics, but Darling Nikki’s and Dirty Diana’s are all welcome to participate.” – SF WEEKLY

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Nectar Lounge

412 N 36th St, Seattle, Washington 98103

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2014 Seattle Thrill The World Dance

Source: Seattle Pipeline

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The funk of forty thousand years! Seattle will be joining the world on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in a simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance. Zombies will march to Lake Union Park at 2:30 p.m. and start dancing at 3. This once a year event is not to be missed.

October 25, 2014
3 p.m. | Free | All Ages
More info: meetup.com | thrilltheworld.com

Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109

Thrill The World is the annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thrillerfor world record and charity.  November 2013 marked the 31st anniversary of his Thriller video.

Each year in October the Seattle Thrillers join Thriller groups in other nations to perform at the same exact time.  The next performance will be Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109 (South Lake Union, Westlake).  The local group also performs at other fun events in the Seattle area for various organizations.

If you live in the greater Seattle area and would like to learn the dance in a class setting, rehearsals will resume August 24, 2014.  It is free to learn the dance, however, we will accept donations to our charity at all rehearsals.  Rehearsals will be held at Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, 98144.

This year all contributions will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alzwa.org.  Their vision:  A world without Alzheimer’s disease.  Their mission:  To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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World Dance For Humanity – Thriller 2014

Source: World Dance For Humanity

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At exactly 3:00pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014, hundreds of World Dance Zombies will rise from the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens to perform Michael Jackson’s iconic dance as part of a global phenomenon, Thrill the World. This will be the 5th year World Dance has hosted Thriller Santa Barbara. Our flashmob circuit will include State Street, Ghost Village Road, Soho, Neverland (MJ’s former estate in Los Olivos) and Cold Springs Tavern.

This is a fantastic opportunity for dancers and non-dancers alike to take part in an incredibly fun, spirited, inclusive happening! It offers great exercise, awesome community, and a chance to connect with the world, but it’s much more than that….

RWANDA EDUCATION FUND
Our purpose in producing the Thriller event each year is to help people in need. We raise the funds through event sponsorships, practice fees (only $35 for a 5 weeks of lessons!), and dancer sponsorships.

Our goal in 2014 is to raise $35,000 for our RWANDA EDUCATION FUND. This will make it possible for more than 100 students to attend school in 2015. Every dollar raised will go to the Fund. (In 2013 Thriller raised $30,460 to send 118 Rwanda primary, secondary, and college students to school, and contributed $3,560 to our local Boys and Girls Clubs.)   Meet our current students and their sponsors

Contact Janet for more information

2014 THRILLER PARTNERS
AHA Teen Program
United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara (Westside)
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley
SBCC Ambassadors
California Lutheran University (CLU) – Day of Dance

PRACTICES BEGIN SEPT. 20th!
$35 for a full month of lessons – mix n’ match the times that work for you – come to a few lessons, or lots!

SATURDAY, 10:15-11:00am – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
MONDAY, 7:45-9:00pm – Brazil Arts Café, 1230 State St Suite C  (starts Sept. 15th)
TUESDAY, 8:15-9:00pm – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
WEDNESDAY, 6:00-7:00pm – Alameda Park (by Kids World at Garden & Micheltorena)

2013 PHOTOS
Click here to see some albums on World Dance Facebook
and on World Dance Shutterfly

2013 VIDEOS
Sunken Gardens by Good Land Media and Performance Memories
Sunken Gardens by Tizmself
Sunken Gardens by Heather Sage
Sunken Gardens by Chris Palumbo
Sunken Gardens by Craig Rademacher
Sunken Gardens by Gordon Fleming
Paseo Nuevo by Brae Wyckoff
Cold Springs Tavern by Tom Lucy
Cold Springs Tavern

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Tour The Michael Jackson “Thriller” Locations In Los Angeles

Source: Creepy LA

The Palace Theatre

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In the days after Michael Jackson died, the marquee once again read, “Vincent Price in Thriller,” in a nod of respect to the legendary music video. (click here for pic) This is the theater where Michael and his date, played by Ola Ray, are watching the werewolf movie starring Michael.

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The nearly 100 year old theater is now open only for the occasional special event or film shoot. 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

The Zombie Dance Intersection

Picture by Tony Hoffarth

Picture by Tony Hoffarth

After skipping past the graveyard, Ola Ray turns to find that Michael’s been turned into a zombie. Which, of course, means only one thing: dance off! Fittingly, most Angelenos wouldn’t be caught dead wandering around this intersection at night… but undead? Seems like a nice place to haunt.
Union Pacific Ave. & Los Palos St., Los Angeles

The Thriller House

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“Thriller” ends with Ola Ray seeking refuge from the zombies by running into the safe haven of this delapitated old house. We know how that turned out…

The actual house is one of more than a dozen vintage Victorian homes in L.A.’s Angelino Heights neighborhood – also known as the Haunted House District of L.A. Even on the brightest summer day the almost every home along Carroll Street appears to be home to any number of ghosts or witches. (take a gander at CreepyLA’s field report of Angelino Heights). 1345 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles

Westlake Recording Studios

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At an estimated cost of  $700,000, the “Thriller” album was recorded here in Studio A throughout most of 1982. Fact: Songwriter Rod Temperton originally called the title track, “Starlight,” but woke up with a vision of the word “Thriller” at the top of Billboard’s charts. Telegraph has a great behind the scenes article on the making of the album. 8447 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood

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NEW YORK’S VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE THRILLER DANCE OCTOBER 31, 2014

Source: ThrillerNYC.com
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Since 2004, we have celebrated our combined love of gore and Michael Jackson by performing the infamous Thriller dance in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. We are between 17 and a million years old, and our dance experience ranges from novice to professional. We eat brains, grrrrrrrrrowl and bite, but most importantly, we boogie.

This Halloween, leave your mundane human life behind and transform into a rotting, dancing cadaver. After studio rehearsals, outdoor practices in Central Park, and zombie makeup lessons, you’ll be hungering for brains in no time.

Registration begins Oct. 1

We also need zombie bouncers.

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(UPDATE: 9-21-14)

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco: Thriller Halloween Extravaganza – Michael Jackson Skate Party

Source: Dreamland Roller Rink

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Lola Star is conjuring up a funk of 40 thousand years and grisly ghouls from every tomb …For no mere mortal can resist THE THRILLER ROLLER DISCO!!!!!! Halloween is just around the corner, along with the beast with forty eyes, this is not just your imagination… Lola Star IS throwing her spookiest Roller Disco to celebrate the King of Pop at Dreamland in Prospect Park!!! Group together all your closest PYT’s as we awake the living dead with the best disco in town!!!! We won’t stop till you get enough and the ghosts of disco will haunt this soiree till they’ve satisfied their hunger for Halloween!!!! If you wanna be startin’ somethin’ we advise you check under your bed to see if the boogie man has your roller skates and come join the Hocus Pocus at Dreamland! It’s sure to be so much fun you will have trouble sleeping at night!!! BOOOOOO!!!!!

* DJ spinning rockin’ Michael Jackason tunes, roller disco grooves & Disco classics.

* Dazzling Performances

* Super smooth polished concrete skate surface – Indoor wheels recommended

* DRESS UP! Thriller ZOMBIES!!! Halloween costumes! Michael Jackson gloves! Billie Jean jackets!

* Costume contest with fabulous prize from Lola Star Souvenir Boutique on the Coney Island Boardwalk

*Dance Skate competition with moves that will blow your mind! Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Bluestone Cafe at Lakeside!

*Advanced ticket purchasing is highly recommended. Our last few skate parties have sold out! So please buy your tickets in advance to ensure you’ll be able to party with us and you won’t have to spend your night waiting in a huge line!! Advanced Tickets to our Thriller Skate party available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9949008

Dreamland is much more than a traditional roller skating experience – it’s a mind blowing extravaganza. Skaters flock to Dreamland’s themed skate parties dressed in glittering 80s roller disco attire to be dazzled the best roller disco DJs in the country, fabulous skate dance contests, roller dance lessons, and a dazzling array of fabulous burlesque and carnival arts performers.

Lakeside is a 16,000 square foot covered rolling rink overlooking Prospect Park Lake, a fabulous green roof terrace, and beer, wine and specialty menu selections from Bluestone Café.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco at Lakeside Prospect Park is only $15.00 per person and includes admission and skate rentals and takes place between the hours of 8:00pm – 10:30pm. 21 and over. Advanced Tickets to our Thriller Skate party available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9949008

- See more at: http://www.dreamlandrollerrink.com/event/thriller-halloween-extravaganza-michael-jackson-skate-party/#sthash.zRdrG4ZG.dpuf

Location

Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park
171 East Drive
Brooklyn

Directions to this location

Cost

$15 (includes event admission and skate rentals)

Website:http://lolastar.com/

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The Black Jacket Symphony presents Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

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The Black Jacket Symphony announces the biggest Halloween party of 2014 — Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” live at the Alabama Theatre on Friday, October 31st! Tickets are on sale to the public NOW, to order click here or the banner below.

Following the note for note, sound for sound recreation of “Thriller”, The Black Jacket Symphony will return to the stage for an unforgettable performance of some of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. This is an all ages show and costumes are encouraged!

See other dates and venues below: 

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Update 9-22-14

Learn The Steps to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ At California Lutheran University

Source: Los Angeles Daily News – By Sandra Barrera

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Michael Jackson’s genius moves take the spotlight from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Oct. 18 in preparation for a large-scale “Thriller” performance at California Lutheran University, all leading up to the “Thrill the World” dance event Oct. 25.

For anyone who’s ever wanted to learn the steps for the 1980s hit, here’s your chance.

Students, alumni and faculty will be leading free classes at Gilbert Sports & Fitness Center, 130 Overton Ct., Thousand Oaks.

Each class is open to the first 55 people.

For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at 805-241-8515.

Read more:  http://www.dailynews.com/

New 1980s Themed Pizza Restaurant Features Life-Sized Michael Jackson Replica And Other Cool Stuff

Sources: Coloradoan | Edited By – All Things Michael

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From behind bright pink Ray Bans, Alex Morgan gets nostalgic about his new Fort Collins pizza place and decade-themed museum.

“Ohh,” he draws, “the eighties are the best.”

Morgan is a week away from opening Totally 80’s Pizza, a project he’s been working on for the last decade, by collecting a restaurant’s worth of 1980s-themed paraphernalia.

Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" plays next to "The Goonies" movie poster at Totally 80's Pizza

Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” plays next to “The Goonies” movie poster at Totally 80’s Pizza

Formerly Amici Pizzeria, which closed in August as the owners moved back to Italy, the walls at 1717 S. College Ave. are now covered in pink and teal accents. Display cases hold Jem, Barbie and Pee-Wee dolls, My Little Pony, Care Bears and signed photographs like the one of Paula Abdul dancing with a cartoon cat in “Opposites Attract.”

“Everyone will notice something different,” Morgan says of the diverse collection that also includes empty pop cans and niche cereal boxes.

His most prized artifact? The original hand-written lyrics of A-ha’s one hit, “Take on me” (1985).

His most expensive piece? A handmade and life-sized Michael Jackson replica, complete with facial scruff, that Morgan commissioned.

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Morgan, who is in his late 30s, lived with his wife in Hawaii before moving their young family to Northern Colorado. The couple also own Daddy O’s Barbershop in Loveland.

Morgan says the 1980s were a special time in history.

“To me, it’s kind of the last of the innocent times,” he said. “It was the decade of fun … and nothing goes better with fun than pizza.”

Once open, he sees Totally 80’s as a date spot and a place to take the family.

The restaurant will have a fast-casual atmosphere, with customers ordering personal, medium or large pies at the counter, from ’80s accessorized employees.

All of the restaurant’s booths are surrounded by I Spy-worthy memorabilia, wall-mounted TVs will play period music videos, and three arcade games will provide distraction by the entrance.

Owner Alex Morgan, left, with Alf, a DeLorean and the Fort Collins Ghostbusters van at Totally 80's Pizza

Owner Alex Morgan, left, with Alf, a DeLorean and the Fort Collins Ghostbusters van at Totally 80’s Pizza

“There are plenty of places to eat in Fort Collins, and plenty of places to eat pizza,” Morgan said. “We want to create an experience.”

Totally 80’s Pizza

What: 1980s-themed pizza place with an all-you-can-eat salad bar and local beer on tap.

Where: 1717 S. College Ave., Fort Collins CO

When: Opening Oct. 1

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Where Is The Motown Music Festival?

Sources: SooDetriot | All Things Michael

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I rarely (if ever) leave the state of Michigan but when I do, I make sure that I’m “puttin’ on for the D” by wearing my old English “D” fitted (baseball cap). So of course last week when I took a trip to Atlanta, GA, I wore that cap proudly while garnering a bit of attention from the fellow photographers behind the scenes. I was invited by a friend to be one of the photographers for the One Music Fest and this fest featured music artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Jhene Aiko, Daley, Amel Larreaux, and many more. While speaking with one of the fellow photographers, he noticed my hat and said “Hey did you really come down here from Detroit for this?” I replied to “Well yeah I mean because in Detroit we have concerts from time to time but nothing really of this stature.” The gentleman took a step back, and with a shocked face said, “How doesn’t Motown have a music festival?” I said, “Well we do have a techno fest. I don’t know how I forgot that.” He then said with great emphasis: “I don’t think that you are getting me. Why doesn’t MOTOWN have music festival?” I looked at him, and replied with a hint of sadness in my voice, “ I don’t know but that is a VERY great question. When I find that out, I’ll get back to you.” We exchanged contact information just off the strength of networking and I headed back to the stage to capture the next artist to perform. From that walk to the stage to me creating this story, that question stuck with me. Why doesn’t MOTOWN have its’ own music festival?

While pondering this question, I started to search the origins of techno music and learn a little bit more of the history. After all, that was the first thing that came to mind when that question from the fellow photographer inquired. I already knew that Detroit was the birthplace of techno music, but what I did not know was how short the history. Techno music was created in the mid 1980s, and while there are many different genres of techno music, the style of techno music that was introduced in Detroit is widely recognized as the foundation of it. This is proven by the tremendous turnout each year to the “Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival” which is held in Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. The festival is held every Memorial Day weekend, and has been for the past 14 years. Since 2009 the attendance has been 80,000+, with this years’ festival having attendance reaching over 107,000. It is widely recognized as one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals.

After I did my research on techno, I sat in my chair perplexed. Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and The Jackson 5 are all artists that paved a way for a great deal of the music that we listen to today. When you listen to a Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Tank, or Kanye West (on a rap level), you hear traces of these artists in their music. The photography studio turned Motown headquarters has produced a sound in the heart of Detroit for nearly 13 years before Berry Gordy relocated Motown headquarters to Los Angeles. Since 1985 “Hitsville U.S.A.” as it is dubbed, has operated as a museum that still rests at its’ original spot on 2648 West Grand Boulevard. Is a museum enough to honor the Motown legacy though? I think not.

Many cities across the country are known for different types of roles in the history and evolution of music. New Orleans & Cincinnati are known for their jazz festivals. Atlanta is being known for the many hip-hop and R&B festivals that take place during the year. Austin, Texas is known for “South by Southwest” (SXSW), and “Austin City Limits “(ACL). Now in fairness to Detroit, “Summer Jamz” and more recently, “The Big Show at The Joe” are staples in the Detroit music scene that are anticipated each year, but they are just concerts. With a city so rich in soul music due to the Motown origins, it is nearly criminal that there is not a Motown Music Festival. Take a look at the current Motown roster. Stevie Wonder is still with the label after all of these years but then you have Kem, Ne-Yo, Babyface, Mila J, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, India. Arie, and Kem. If you just took that current roster of Motown artists, and had them perform over a two-day span during a festival that celebrated the history and contributions of Motown to music, I believe that would definitely be a great starting point. Why stop there though?

There could be networking seminars with a panel of well-respected individuals in the music industry guiding indie artists on how to make it in the business. You could follow that by having a banquet at the newly renovated Cobo Hall, where it would serve as a special and intimate time to honor the legacy of Motown. To end the festival, you could have a Motown theme parade or Firework show to send everyone off as a grand finale. These may not be the greatest of ideas, but they are a few that came to mind.

The rich roots of Detroit music origins can’t be debated, but it also must not be half celebrated. With the city currently on the rise, recognizing the rich past that is has must be a part of this transition. Citizens of Detroit should not have to travel to others states to partake in music festivals featuring many of the top musical acts in our country. That should be right in our own backyard. In my personal opinion, I feel a great deal of artists should want to come and perform in Detroit. Where is music today without the contributions of Motown? Think about the fact that if there was no Motown, we may have never heard of Michael Jackson, who is recognized as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) music icon we have ever seen. Where would a Beyoncé have been if there weren’t a Diana Ross paving the way? While I don’t know if my outcry for a music festival of this magnitude will come to fruition, I do know that if you’re reading this, you’re wondering the same thing the photographer in Atlanta did.

 

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The Replacements Cover a Michael Jackson Song At NYC Reunion Show

Sources: Billboard – By Chris Payne| All Things Michael

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Hey! Looks like the Replacements played a new song at their Sept. 19 show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Well, it’s “new” if the term implies a song they don’t normally play that wasn’t written by Westerberg and company.

Check out the video below as the Replacements rock out the first verse and chorus of the Jackson 5’s classic pop song, “I Want You Back.”

Westerberg noted afterwards how excited he was to learn the riff to the 1969 song. The ‘Mats also covered Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” and the Jimi Hendirx Experience’s “Third Stone From the Sun,” along with many, many of their own standards like “Alex Chilton,” “Bastards of Young,” and “I Will Dare.”

Their current reunion tour still has three dates left; one Sept. 27 at Tempe, AZ’s Summer Ends Music Festival and another two at Austin City Limits on Oct. 5 and 12.

 

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Pop’s Greatest Year: 100 Best Singles of 1984

Sources: Rolling Stone | Edited By – All Things Michael

Let’s go crazy! The standout songs from radio’s ‘Thriller’ season!

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From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara’d hard rock and “Weird Al” Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-“Billie Jean” MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of this landmark year, here are the 100 best singles from the year pop popped. To be considered, the song had to be released in 1984 or have significant chart impact in 1984, and charted somewhere on the Billboard Hot 100.

93. The Jacksons feat. Mick Jagger, “State of Shock”

Hot 100 Peak: Number Three

Michael Jackson began 1984 at Number One: Thriller broke the all-time sales record, topping the month-end charts for January, February and March, and the Paul McCartney collab “Say Say Say” was the most popular single in the country for the first two weeks of the year. Sixth months later, he and his brothers scored their final group Top Five by recruiting none other than Mick Jagger to plead for a little “mouth-to-mouth re-susc-it-ation” on the arena funk “State of Shock.” Appropriately, the tune was a live favorite, performed both by Jagger (with Tina Turner) at Live Aid and during the closing medley at the Jacksons’ Victory Tour, one the highest-grossing shows of the decade.

58. Rebbie Jackson, “Centipede”

Hot 100 Peak: Number 24
As sinuous and vocally self-assured as any Jackson family record not made or fronted by Michael, his squeal-prone eldest sibling’s first and highest hit was nonetheless written and produced by him. And his repressed, tormented sexuality runs all through its slithering electro-funk: “You crawled into the bathroom window, to bite him with your love,” like a smooth criminal — only here the metaphor is a creepy-crawly arthropod with way too many legs, a “hot” one for some reason, that turns into a snake in the final verse. On Rebbie’s album, she also covered Prince’s “I Feel for You,” only a week after Chaka Khan did. The Pointer Sisters had done it two years before, actually, but Chaka won.

54. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, “Say, Say, Say”

Hot 100 Peak: Number One

In what would become one of pop’s most famous and turbulent intergenerational friendships, Paul McCartney became something of a big brother to the only pop star of the Eighties whose popularity rivaled that of the Beatles. Although their first collaboration, “The Girl Is Mine,” is mainly remembered as the weakest link in Thriller‘s chain of hits, their second duet, for Macca’s 1983 Pipes of Peace, found common ground with an uptempo rock song. It was Number One for six weeks between 1983 and 1984, and, as Billboard reported last year, the 40th biggest hit of all time.

53. “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Eat It”

Hot 100 Peak: Number 12
Even the man’s own Twitter bio acknowledges that this will forever be “Weird Al” Yankovic’s tastiest calling card. The Michael Jackson parody won him his first Grammy (for Best Comedy Recording, beating out Rodney Dangerfield and Richard Pryor) and rhymes “Raisin Bran” with “kids starving in Japan.” The video, with its non-stop barrage of visual gags, helped establish MTV (and music video as an iconic medium) almost as much as the videos it was spoofing. MJ loved it, or at least tolerated it.

25. Rockwell, “Somebody’s Watching Me”

Hot 100 Peak: Number Two
Kennedy William Gordy was rock royalty — he was the son of Motown mastermind Berry Gordy, his middle name was gifted from Smokey Robinson’s government name and he was even brother-in-law to Jermaine Jackson at the time (not to mention he was the future half-brother of LMFAO’s Redfoo) — but he couldn’t get a record deal. Finally, his dad was all ears when Rockwell got his childhood pal Michael Jackson to sing the hook on his first (and biggest) single “Somebody’s Watching Me.” It’s hard to guess how far it would have gone without MJ’s help, but the single was a great midpoint between Eighties R&B and Eighties New Wave regardless: It had the vibes of Men at Work’s paranoia anthem “Who Can It Be Now?,” a touch of electro and verses that Rockwell delivered like a cockney David Byrne.

5. Michael Jackson, “Thriller”

Hot 100 Peak: Number Four
In the worst of all possible alternative universes, songwriter Rod Temperton stuck with his original title: “Starlight.” Fortunately, in our happier, weirder world he went with “Thriller.” The final hit single from the blockbuster album that popped out seven of them (starting way back in October of 1982) is a perfect mix of campy winks and genuine chills, aided spooktacularly by a synth bass that’s even creepier than Vincent Price luxuriating in the word “evil.” The music video for “Thriller” was also quite popular.

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In The Studio With Michael Jackson – Seminar Updates

Sources: In the Studio With Michael Jackson | All Things Michael

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I am blown away by the response of our seminars coming to Europe next month – Germany is fully sold out on Nov 1st! I cannot add anymore tickets to that date, as the studio is filled to capacity, however I am looking at adding a second Frankfurt seminar on Sunday, Nov 2nd. I will make an announcement this coming week.

Japan… I hear you! We have been working with some friends in Tokyo and we are in the early stages of offering a series of seminars in January, 2015. Details to be released soon.

2015 will also bring us back to a few cities in the US and Canada. I am looking for some people to help organize events in Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Gary and Houston. If you are interested in bringing “In The Studio With MJ – V2.0″ to your city, drop me a note at inthestudiowithmj@gmail.com.

Lastly, your comments and support of late have been greatly appreciated. I shared with you a few weeks ago that the MJ Estate has requested that certain elements of my seminar be removed, and I have obliged. I have also been working overtime to rework the seminar and make it fresh, new, interesting and fun for everyone. Please reserve your anger and frustration for issues that really matter in this world and in your community.

I offer these seminars as a way of celebrating and sharing Michael’s talent, working style, humor, drive and friendship to his fans. I was honored to be part of an amazing team of people who saw and helped Michael’s music and dreams come to life.

During the “Dangerous” album, one of our young engineers (Bart) had to have a heart valve replaced due to a birth defect. It was very major surgery (this story has a happy ending, don’t worry!), and we threw him a party in the studio on his last day. His wife and family was there, and Michael was right in the middle of it. We all gave him little gifts to keep him occupied during his stay in the hospital, but Michael outdid us all (in a good way!), but giving him a video player and bag after bag of movies to watch. They also had a really cool friendship both before and after the surgery, and Bart went on to work with me on countless projects at Neverland. (We are still friends to this day).

Here’s my point. Michael didn’t have to come to the party, or flood Bart with gifts, but he did. Bart was someone that we all loved and cared about, even though he wasn’t a celebrity or a Hollywood VIP, he was just a good guy, a hard worker, and a valued part of the team. Right now you likely know someone like Bart who is going through a rough time. Drop them a note, bring them a gift, offer them a helping hand. That does a lot more good than finding things to gripe about online.

OK… time for me step down from the soapbox, but thanks for your friendship and support. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months, and I hope you can one day join me “In The Studio.”

Have a great day, and Keep The Faith! – Brad

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5 Expensive Music Licensing Deals

Sources: Investopedia | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Creative directors use music in films, television, commercials or any other form of multimedia for a wide array of reasons. From a purely artistic perspective, he or she may simply be looking for the most effective means of conveying a thought, emotion or idea. From a marketing perspective, using a well-known or even a famous song can instantly bring cache or awareness to a product or service. Firms that control the rights to famous songs know this and are therefore able to charge a pretty penny for licensing songs, or song clips, for commercial use. Below are some of the most expensive song licensing deals in history.

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The industry does a good job of keeping other song licensing deals under wraps. Not many other specific deals on record have exceeded the six-figure amount. Other deals include other multimedia, such as concert footage or rights to total music catalogs. One such deal included the footage to one of Michael Jackson’s final concerts and was said to be in the $20 million range. The average commercial music licensing deal is estimated to range between $75,000 and $200,000.

Happy Birthday To You

The popular birthday jingle is said to bring in as much as $2 million annually for marketers and other entities looking to benefit from its popularity. It doesn’t qualify as a single licensing deal, but demonstrates that the industry can use volume to garner significant profits.

The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

In what is likely to remain one of the more bizarre licensing arrangements in history, in early 2010 comedian Conan O’Brien sought to stick it to his former employer NBC before the network replaced him on “The Tonight Show” with talk-show host rival Jay Leno. The move turned into a debacle for NBC and O’Brien seized the opportunity to use it to comic effect. In one of his final shows, he stated that using a Bugatti sports car and the Rolling Stones song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” on his show would cost NBC around $1.5 million. Original estimates of the song cost were around $500,000, which would make the licensing deal one of the highest on record. Conflicting media reports put the estimated cost closer to $50,000.

The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Earlier this year, an airing of the popular AMC Television show “Mad Men” featured The Beatles song “Tomorrow Never Knows.” The song reportedly cost $250,000 to use. The song stemmed from its 1966 album “Revolver” and qualifies as a licensing deal for purely artistic purposes. “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner apparently felt he had no other option and detailed that the song properly caught the mood of the time and meaning of the show, which had an especially psychedelic quality to it.

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Michael Jackson Skate Party: A Thriller Halloween Extravaganza!

Sources: Dreamland Roller Rink | All Things Michael

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October 10, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Lola Star is conjuring up a funk of 40 thousand years and grisly ghouls from every tomb …For no mere mortal can resist THE THRILLER ROLLER DISCO!!!!!! Halloween is just around the corner, along with the beast with forty eyes, this is not just your imagination… Lola Star IS throwing her spookiest Roller Disco to celebrate the King of Pop at Dreamland in Prospect Park!!! Group together all your closest PYT’s as we awake the living dead with the best disco in town!!!! We won’t stop till you get enough and the ghosts of disco will haunt this soiree till they’ve satisfied their hunger for Halloween!!!! If you wanna be startin’ somethin’ we advise you check under your bed to see if the boogie man has your roller skates and come join the Hocus Pocus at Dreamland! It’s sure to be so much fun you will have trouble sleeping at night!!! BOOOOOO!!!!!

* DJ spinning rockin’ Michael Jackason tunes, roller disco grooves & Disco classics.

* Dazzling Performances

* Super smooth polished concrete skate surface – Indoor wheels recommended

* DRESS UP! Thriller ZOMBIES!!! Halloween costumes! Michael Jackson gloves! Billie Jean jackets!

* Costume contest with fabulous prize from Lola Star Souvenir Boutique on the Coney Island Boardwalk

*Dance Skate competition with moves that will blow your mind! Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Bluestone Cafe at Lakeside!

*Advanced ticket purchasing is highly recommended. Our last few skate parties have sold out! So please buy your tickets in advance to ensure you’ll be able to party with us and you won’t have to spend your night waiting in a huge line!! Advanced Tickets to our Thriller Skate party available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9949008

Dreamland is much more than a traditional roller skating experience – it’s a mind blowing extravaganza. Skaters flock to Dreamland’s themed skate parties dressed in glittering 80s roller disco attire to be dazzled the best roller disco DJs in the country, fabulous skate dance contests, roller dance lessons, and a dazzling array of fabulous burlesque and carnival arts performers.

Lakeside is a 16,000 square foot covered rolling rink overlooking Prospect Park Lake, a fabulous green roof terrace, and beer, wine and specialty menu selections from Bluestone Café.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco at Lakeside Prospect Park is only $15.00 per person and includes admission and skate rentals and takes place between the hours of 8:00pm – 10:30pm. 21 and over. Advanced Tickets to our Thriller Skate party available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9949008

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CMT All-Time Top 40: Country Stars Count Down Their Favorite Artists – Michael Jackson #12

Sources: CMT |  | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson moonwalks in at No. 12 on the list of CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice.

A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is revealed each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Chris Young, Charlie Worsham, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers and The Band Perry were just some of the country stars who cited the “king of pop” as a major influence.

“You know, there’s not a lot of people who have sold that many records or had an impact on music in general as much as Michael Jackson,” said Young. “I have a lot of Michael songs downloaded on my phone. It probably rivals any one country artist that I have, except for a couple of guys. I mean, I doubt anybody wouldn’t want to have the size and scope of his musical career, I don’t care what genre you’re in.”

“How can you not respect and love Michael Jackson as an artist,” Worsham agreed. “That’s a persona that didn’t exist until there was Michael.

“He was a part of so many different eras of music, and he’s one of those guys who it didn’t matter whether he was the most popular thing at the time or not, you had to take note of what he was doing. His influence on groove and beat and rhythm and the way he infused dancing and entertainment — not just being a fantastic musician and singer — is something I think we can all learn from, especially in today’s world. You can’t just get up and sing. You have to entertain people, and he was the quintessential entertainer.”

“I think I always seem to relate [to Jackson] in a lot of ways because I was such a kid, too, when I started out,” Rimes said. “To me, he is one of the best singers that’s ever lived and entertainers. He had the most insane voice of any 5-year-old that I’ve ever heard, and the way he connected with the crowd, the way he was so multi-talented and really good at every bit of it. His music … lived on and will live on forever.”

“I met and got to know Michael Jackson pretty well,” Rogers said. “There’s a guy that was so troubled, but he was so talented. I watched that This Is It documentary. The guy … had 19-year-old kids out of breath from dancing with him. … Music wasn’t just something he did. That’s what he was. He was his music. He not only sang great, but he danced great. He understood what his package was and how to do it.”

“Michael Jackson’s one of my very favorite performers of all time,” said Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry. “And actually, when we get ready to put together an ACM or a CMA Awards performance, we start by looking for Michael Jackson videos. We are always intensely inspired by his dancing but also just his presence onstage.

“You know our performance for ‘Done’ at the ACMs [in 2013]? There was this Michael video where he was starting his show, and he popped on to the stage somehow and just stood there. Now, we stood there for like five seconds for dramatic effect [during the ACM performance], but he stood there for about a minute. And the crowd was just roaring.”

“I think it got louder actually,” Neil Perry added.

“I think he’s so cool because he crossed all genre boundaries, national/international boundaries, race boundaries. Everybody was in love with this guy,” Kimberly concluded. “Just a phenomenal entertainer.”

Check out the rest of the CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice list, and find out who will be announced each Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

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