MJ Tribute Band Foreverland To Perform At Monteray’s Independence’s Day Celebration

Sources: Monterey County Weekly – By Adam Joseph | All Things Michael

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Monterey has a new Independence Day tradition that’s as explosive as fireworks: a 14-piece Michael Jackson celebration. Last year, tribute group Foreverland tore through epic renditions of the King of Pop’s biggest hits, from “Billie Jean” to “Beat It.” This year, the MJ big band returns to Monterey’s Fourth of July celebration at Colton Hall.

Here’s more about Foreverland, plus some other options for good listening on Independence Day:

In 2004, Foreverland singer Lisa Leuschner competed on American Idol. Judge Randy Jackson said she had the best voice in the competition that season. Though she didn’t make the finals, she still views the experience as a win, because it inspired her to improve, and to make music her full-time career. Also, being one of the final 14 on Idol foreshadowed Leuschner’s future role in the 14-piece Foreverland.

But the group wasn’t always massive. The outfit began as a foursome, before the original members decided to recreate Jackson’s music without any pre-recordings or samples. Now Foreverland has the resources to tackle the icon’s vast repertoire, from the Halloween-inspired favorite “Thriller” to the mellow ballad “Rock with You” to the old-school Jackson 5 catalog.

“We’re not an impersonation of Michael Jackson’s music,” says Foreverland singer Lisa Leuschner. “We’re a celebration.”

Before Foreverland’s 3pm spectacle, the music kicks off at 11am with the 2015 Monterey County High School Battle of the Bands winner Operation Rock, who unload a mix of blues-rock originals and classic rock covers. At noon, Pop Fiction! unleashes a set spanning six decades of popular rock, R&B and dance music. Locked-N-Loaded follow at 1:30pm with country hits, ranging from Patsy to Merle.

 

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Michael Jackson Tribute For Special Olympics

Sources: Big Bear Grizzly | All Things Michael

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“Who’s Bad,” a Michael Jackson tribute band, performs in Big Bear Lake Saturday, June 27, at The Cave. Tickets range from $21 to $36 with $5 from each ticket going to Big Bear Lake’s Special Olympics World Games Host Town Program.

The longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band has been touring nationally and internationally for more than 10 years sharing stages with Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and hip hop superstar Pitbull among others.

As a Host Town for the World Games Big Bear Lake will play host to three delegations, which include Special Olympics athletes and coaches from Chile, Luxembourg and Montenegro.

The delegations will spend July 21-24 in and around Big Bear Lake as they become acclimated to the time zone, enjoy activities that Big Bear Lake has to offer and prepare to compete.

The community is invited to meet the athletes and participate with them in the evening events during their stay, which includes an outdoor World Games Fiesta de Big Bear at Sonora Cantina July 22 and a World Games Big Bear Dance Party July 23 at the Bear Cave Entertainment Center at Bear Creek Resort.  Plans are also in the works for a procession through town on July 24 as the athletes depart for the Games.

To donate directly to the Big Bear Lake Host Town Program, visit: Special Olympic LA 2015

The Cave is at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.

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‘Motown’ Will Come To Costa Mesa

Sources: OCRegister – Jackie Moe | All Things Michael

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As soul singer Marvin Gaye puts it: “Ain’t nothing like the real thing.” This may be true, but “Motown the Musical” may be a close second.

Paying tribute to the life and legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the first national tour of the Broadway hit production “Motown the Musical” will make its way to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for 16 shows in 10 days, starting Tuesday. The musical is fresh off engagements at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and San Diego Civic Center.

The show tells the story of the groundbreaking label that began in Detroit as a small independent company and grew into a multi-million-dollar empire that launched a plethora of music superstars. The 85-year-old Gordy did not take a backseat in the musical production; in addition to being a co-producer of the play that is based on his autobiography, he also co-wrote three new songs for the piece.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the show features more than 40 classic hits performed by actors that are nearly indistinguishable in appearance from the real artists.

“Gordy has always been a hero and an idol of mine, so working with him has been extraordinary because I had the chance to hear about his journey through him,” said Randolph-Wright in a recent phone interview, “As a director, I am supposed to take the writer’s words and his journey and put it on stage, so that was very exciting for me to be able to tell the story that he wanted and to see him so thrilled by it.”

The musical spans six decades of Motown history, chronicling Gordy’s journey that includes the highs and lows of what he went through to build a new culture of music in times of harsh racial segregation.

“There’s a moment when Martin Luther King is killed and the song ‘What’s Going On?’ articulates that better than anything you can imagine. Watching this young cast perform this really resonates,” Randolph-Wright said.

“There are also points that are more joyous. When Michael Jackson comes onstage, the roof blows off the theater. I’ve never seen that before; no matter what city we’re in, there’s no way you can be quiet when that happens.”

The audience will hear hits such as “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Music icons including Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson have their own time in the spotlight as their stories are told through their music…..

 

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Tickets For The West End Opening Of Motown The Music On Sale Today

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Tickets for the West End production of Motown the Musical,opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, are released for sale today (15 May 2015). With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. London previews will begin on 11 February 2016 with press night on 8 March 2016 with the show booking to 22 October 2016. Casting and further information about Motown the Musical will be released shortly.

Berry Gordy said: “I am thrilled to be bringing Motown back to the UK fifty years after our first visit back in 1965 when Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and I came to London for our very first UK tour. Half a century later we are delighted to be returning, this time bringing our story and the Motown sound on stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the legendary West End.”

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

 

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The Charlotte Symphony Will Include KOP Medley For This Years’ Annual “Celebrate America!” Tribute Concerts

Sources: All Things Michael |The Charlotte Symphony

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The 2015 Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops series brings the music of John Philip Sousa, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin and Michael Jackson for its outdoor Celebrate America tribute concerts on July 1-3.

Led by conductor Albert-George Schram, the show will also feature patriotic songs and a salute to United States armed forces. See the musical line up below:

KIRKLAND Patriotic Overture
KEY/arr Ochoa Star Spangled Banner
BERLIN/arr. Healey God Bless America
SOUSA Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
TRADITIONAL A Salute to the Armed Services
BATES/arr. D’Angelo America the Beautiful
CURIALE Call of the Mountain
FOSTER/arr. Wendel Stephen Foster Overture
VARIOUS/arr. Wendel Back to the Fifties
JACKSON/arr. Vanacore King of Pop Medley
SOUSA Liberty Bell
GROFE Ode to the Star Spangled Banner

The gates at Symphony Park open at 5 p.m., so picnickers can settle in. Prelude performances begin at 7; the Charlotte Symphony performs at 8:15. Tickets for the July concerts are $16. (The extra $4 buys you fireworks.) Season passes for all summer programs are $48, and prices include state taxes.

For details, call 704-372-2000 or visit charlottesymphony.org.

University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences Salutes King of Pop And Raises $53,000 For Cancer Research

Sources: NWA Online – By Helaine R. Williams| All Things Michael

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“Party like a rock star” is a popular catchphrase. Well, guests of RockStar Lounge took it literally. Not that they weren’t encouraged by organizers, who describe this happening as “a rock ‘n’ roll event where ‘groupies’ of the [University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences] Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute ‘band’ together to raise ‘fans and funds’ for cancer research.”

The sixth annual RockStar Lounge took place April 17 amid an intriguing backdrop … barrels of maturing whiskey at Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock. Guests were encouraged to wear their “best concert chic rock-star attire.”

The “rock star” highlighted this year was the late King of Pop himself … Michael Jackson, whose ’80s-era silver, glittery glove was duplicated in a wearable party favor given to each guest. Refreshments consisted of food-truck fare from Waffle Wagon, Loblolly Creamery, Southern Salt Co. and Hot Rod Wieners. Representatives from Delete Blood Cancer showed up to sign up potential bone marrow donors.

Featured entertainment was by the renowned Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Two “Michaels” — the physically and vocally skilled Joseph Bell and Taalib York — kept the concert flowing continuously with dizzying, infectious performances of a bevy of Jackson hits, including “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billy Jean” and “Man in the Mirror.” Big screens blasted bits and pieces of Michael Jackson videos. After the concert, disc and video jockey G-Force kept partygoers moving with a mix of dance-able hits.

RockStar Lounge rocked in more than $53,000, which will be used for cancer research, according to Catherine Tapp, director of special events for the institute. Specifically, it’s used for Seeds of Science grants of $10,000 each to the winning applicants. More than $100,000 worth of this seed money — all of which stays in the state — has been distributed thus far, Tapp says.

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Michael Jackson Laser Light Show To Be Held At The University Of Wyoming

Sources: University of Wyoming | All Things Michael

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The University of Wyoming will feature the planetarium show, “This Month’s Sky” on Friday May 1, at 7 pm at the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium. If you are into stargazing, then this a wonderful opportunity to discover which constellations and planets will be shining this month and how to find them.  We may even be able to find some hidden cosmic treasure! A Michael Jackson laser show follows at 8:20 p.m.

Tickets cost $2 for students and $3 for non students. Children under 5 are free. Tickets can also be purchased online. Please note that all online tickets are $3, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets can be picked up at the door 15 minutes prior to the show. Click here to buy tickets online. Please call 307-766-6150 or email physics@uwyo.edu for more information or to set up a show.

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is located in the basement of the Physical Science building. Advance tickets are available in Room 204 of the Physical Sciences Building. Enter the Physical Science building at the SW entrance, go down the stairs and follow the signs pointing to the planetarium. Physical Science is located at D 10 in the map below.

University of Wyoming map: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/tour/_files/docs/uw-laramie-campus.pdf

For parking information please contact Transit and Parking Service at 307-766-9800 or visit their webpage at:

http://www.uwyo.edu/tap/parking/parkingoptions.html

Doors open 20 minutes before show.

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Black Or White: Central Wyoming Skating Association Spring Show Features The Music Of Michael Jackson

Sources: Oil City | kcwy13.com | All Things Michael

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(Casper, Wyo.) – “It don’t matter if you’re black or white…“-Michael Jackson.

Join the Central Wyoming Skating Association and World Champion Pair Skaters, Anita Hartshorn and Frank Sweiding as they pay tribute to,” The King of Pop Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five”!

On Saturday, May 2nd at 6pm, for the 18th Annual Spring Figure Skating Show! Doors open at 5PM

Thirty-eight local skaters ranging in age from 5- 55 plus will skate at the Casper Ice Arena.

For ticket information see the flyer above or contact the Central Wyoming Skating Association at (307)-262-1759.

Location: Casper Ice Arena 1801 East 4th Street Casper, WY 82601

Tickets $10 Adults $5 Children ages 5-12.

 

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