Recap: DJ Questlove Celebrates Michael Jackson At Grand Park

Sources: The Examiner – By Monique Reed | All Things Michael


Pop legend, Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. With a reported 1 billion albums sold, Jackson’s fans cover a diverse spectrum of old and young listeners.

August 30, 2015, in Los Angeles’s Grand Park, Kiss-n-Grind organized many of Jackson’s fans to celebrate his birthday with music curated by DJQuestlove. With the park opening at Noon, early birds were able to find seats under shaded trees, as others grabbed food and ice cream from the food trucks available at the park. By 3:15 p.m. the crowd began to hear some scratches from the DJ’s table, and the sweaty and reserved crowd started to move closer to the vibrating speakers.

With low sounds of Jackson’s childhood voice emerging, the crowd began to get more excited, then finally Jackson’s 1972 hit “Got To Be There,” played clearly for the crowd. Moments later the nostalgia continued with “Rockin Robin.” Not all songs played were by Jackson; instead Questlove played a mixture of songs from people close to Jackson as well. The biggest crowd jumper included Jay-Z’s “H to the Izzo,” a song that brought Jackson out to Hot 97’s Summer Jam to support Jay-Z in 2001. Staying on the East Coast, the crowd danced along to Janet Jackson and Q-Tip’s duet “Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” and Puff Daddy’s, “All About The Benjamins.”

The birthday celebration was an all ages event and many toddlers danced in the grass like mini Michael’s, while adults were stationed in the “beer” garden. By 6 p.m. dancers were blessed with a gust of cool air, as “Rock With You,” played throughout the park. Joining the birthday celebration included Jackson’s sister, Rebbie who sung her hit “Centipede,” while attendees recharged themselves with water and popsicles from the wonderful street vendor who passed by the park.


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