July 4 Spectacular – The Music of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson performs with Mariah Carey, *NSYNC and others during finale (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

Enjoy the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”—from The Jackson 5 to his final film, “This Is It!” — including music from “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad” and many more. The rock group Windborne along with lead singer James Delisco joins Pacific Symphony to celebrate the genius of Michael Jackson’s legacy. The concert opens with patriotic favorites and closes with a brilliant fireworks finale. Food and beverages from home are allowed inside the venue.

The Irvine Meadows Amphitheater box office is open noon to 8 p.m. on July 4.

  • Student/Senior (65+) Rush: All seats ½ price, noon to 7:45 p.m. (2 tickets per I.D.)
  • Early-Bird Special: $25 Terrace seats, noon to 2 p.m.

Richard Kaufman, conductor
James Delisco, vocalist
Marna Rough, vocalist
Martin Herman, guest conductor

Learn more about the music and the guest artists in the program notes.

Sources: Pacific Symphony | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson July 4th Tribute Concert


The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation will present a Michael Jackson Tribute concert in conjunction with  MJ Live. Featuring all his biggest hits including Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Dangerous, Smooth Criminal, Black & White, I Want You Back and many others. Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Witness the awesome sound, lighting and effects. Feel the energy from the MJ LIVE band and mega talented MJ LIVE dancers. Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time!

A fireworks show will follow the concert.


Date: Monday, July 4, 2016
Time: 6:00-10:00 PM – Gates open at 5:00 PM
Location: Deerpath Community Park in Lake Forest

5:00 PM – Fields open
6:00 PM – Opening Band: “Boy Band Review”
8:00 PM – MJLive
9:40 PM – Fireworks Display

General Admission only tickets are available on the day of the event at the gate (cash only).

Ticket Details:

  • Lake Forest/Lake Bluff residents: $15 (Kids under 5 are free)
  • Non-residents: $20 (Kids under 5 are free)
  • Adult VIP Pass: $75 (Includes admission, beverages, catered food by Michael’s and early set up at 3:00 pm)
  • Child VIP Pass: $25 (12 and under. Must be accompanied by adult with VIP pass)
  • BEST DEAL! Family Pack VIP Pass: $250 (Includes 2 Adult VIP passes, 4 Child VIP passes, Premier parking – a $300 value)
  • Regular Parking Pass: $25 –  day of event only as space is available (cash only)
  • Premier Parking Pass: $50 – online presale only as space is available

Get your tickets here

All proceeds after festival expenses are used to support the great year-round programs of your Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department. If you have additional questions, please contact Joe Mobile at 847-810-3941.

Sources: Friends of Lake Forest Park | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson Exhibit Open Through Sunday


This is it: a mind-blowing collection of thousands of items related to performer Michael Jackson, briefly on display in Wilmington, to demonstrate the power of innovation. With some help from God.

The pop-up shrine occurred because “Michael Jackson was an innovator,” said ACT Generation Global Center founder Travis Smith. “And we consider this [center] to be an innovation.”

Smith, a 44-year-old information technology veteran, had been downsized by AstraZeneca in 2014 when he created ACT Generation as “Delaware’s first private business trade school of audio, communication and technology.” It also provides consulting services and technical support to “enable, empower and equip” businesses, religious groups and nonprofits. And it develops websites and videos.

The Delaware native is a serial entrepreneur (at age 13, he co-founded the Russell Delegation choir) and music fan – “as a young person, the arts kept me from being a rascal”

During recent video production work, he met Sicklerville, New Jersey, entrepreneur Ryan O’Neil, who had been collecting Michael Jackson memorabilia for 37 years, since he was 8. O’Neil was interested in displaying his collection for the first time.

“Really, God put it all together,” Smith said.


Smith figures the display includes 5,000 items from O’Neil’s collection, which, as the largest on the East Coast, has thousands of other items that didn’t fit into available space at 715 N. Orange St.

The exhibition is timed to promote the business, the school and its students.

In early July, ACT Generation is launching eDiscipleship, which Smith called “a Facebook for churches” and Act Boom, a website for all sorts of video.

Smith later this summer will start shooting in Wilmington “All Good in the Hood,” a sitcom about urban life developed with Evan Smith, whose TV writing career goes back 20 years, and Maureen Carter, a BET Networks vice president. A season of eight 30-minute episodes has been written.

ACT teachers will be on hand to chat up the school, which started classes on March 1. It emphasizes media design, social media and e-commerce. Short workshops start at $69, Smith said. Weeks-long boot camps start at $3,000. Find details at http://poweredbyact.com. Two graduates – portraitist Ben Hawkins and feather-jewelry maker Heather Wood – are launching online businesses they developed in classes.

The pop-up exhibit is open 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Colonial Parking, which is headquartered on the building’s first floor, offers free parking for visitors in lots next door and at Sixth and Orange streets.

It looks like a cutting-edge gallery, with clean, white walls carving the 10,000-square-foot space into interesting shapes. That design comes from BSA + A, an architectural firm now on the Riverfront.

One room features records and another, products for kids. A mini-arcade stars Jackson’s “Moonwalker” game.


There are smaller groupings of CDs, books and magazine covers, but the reasons to go are random items, like several platinum and gold albums, family photos (O’Neil met Jackson and continues to be in touch with family members), tour jackets, posters, a silver-sequin glove, that same glove miniaturized as jewelry, a box of Honeycomb cereal with the Jackson 5 on the cover, buttons, pins, trading cards, drumsticks, a Motownopoly game, a life-size cardboard cut-out and a life-size photo for selfies.

One excited visitor is Vernay Lewis, East Coast chapter leader of King of Pops Fanatics. After sharing collecting experiences with O’Neil on Tuesday, she especially wants to see his picture discs, promotional items, rare magazines and the arcade game.

“Everything really,” she said.

DJ Nitty Gritty of Newark will spin from the King of Pop’s catalogue all weekend, and videos will play in the children’s room. People who text “ACT Generation” to 95577 get a chance at giveaways. Smith is touting a hashtag – #ABC2ACT – connecting a Jackson single to the business. All told, it’s a multimedia experience benefitting a performer who experimented in multiple media.

Jackson videos such as “Torture” were groundbreaking.

“They brought the magic to video,” ACT Generation vice president Jamil White said.

Or you could say they were a thriller.

Sources: Delaware Online |  All Things Michael

Thriller Live Show Leaves Reporter At A Loss For Words

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Michael Jackson fans will be hit by, will be struck by, a fabulous performance at the Marlowe Theatre this week.

Thriller Live, packed with the King of Pop’s most famous songs, is running at the Canterbury venue this week – with the last performance on Saturday, June 25.

Looking back on the American superstar’s career, the show takes the audience on a chronological tour through the eras, spanning four decades.

Thriller was Michael’s biggest hit album – and was the best sold of all time.

And still today – people of all ages, even those who were born towards the latter end of his life, still know the words to his chart-topping tracks.

Flawless choreography and stunning voices show exactly the impact Michael had on people’s lives through his music.

Lead vocalist Cleopatra Higgins has the most amazing voice which accompanied the breathtaking work of the dancers who did not put a foot wrong.

Donning the classic bowler hat, and the curly locks MJ had in music videos such as Billie Jean and Thriller, Sean Christopher impersonated the star perfectly.

From the classic moon walking, to the pulsating movements that are associated with the star’s historic dances, it was almost like the late King of Pop had returned to the stage, for one last time.

The show kicked-off with Who’s Loving You – released in 1969 when Michael was a part of the Jackson 5, shortly followed by I’ll Be There and I Want You Back.

Within a year of the brothers being a part of the music business, they became one of the biggest household names in pop.

The Sixties era is captured by the colourful costumes, the flares, sparkle and the chunky heels.

And as each song rolled into another, you start to remember just how many well-known songs Michael released, even as a young lad. He just kept on getting bigger and better as the years went on.

The show wasn’t all song and dance as the lead vocalists would often step in and tell the fans about MJ’s successes.

And the faint hearted should be warned that the cast has the audience on their feet on at least two occasions throughout the show.

Depending on where you are sitting, lead vocalists Adam Bernard and Shaquille Hemmans split the audience in half, getting each group to clap and cheer on command.

Asking ‘if you’re ready to party’ – I think by then most people were bopping their heads or tapping their feet to the music, uncontrollably.

With the show being called Thriller Live – the anticipation is definitely for when the Thriller performance comes on – and as expected – it was definitely one to remember.

The dancers creep in from the auditorium doors and onto the stage dressed as zombies, and Sean Christopher is just incredible as he leads his fellow dancers into the choreography that everyone knows, emerging from the smoke.

The mood-setting lighting leaves you wondering where to feast your eyes first – and the hidden backing band who make quick surprise appearances throughout were superb.

Reporters should never be lost for words, but quite frankly I was so impressed with this one, I’m not sure there’s enough words to do it justice.


Source: Kenton Online | All Things Michael

Pacific Symphony Orchestra To Host July 4 Spectacular Tribute To Michael Jackson


It’s sure to be a “thriller”-when Pacific Symphony’s blockbuster Summer Festival 2016 kicks off its final season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with a “July 4 Spectacular,” featuring a symphonic tribute to Michael Jackson’s music. The first of five exceptional musical experiences under the stars, the Symphony’s holiday extravaganza begins with picnic baskets packed with goodies and the company of family and friends-all just a prelude to a celebratory, rockin’ good time with the orchestra and guest band, Windborne, whose lead singer James Delisco brings to life the genius of Michael Jackson. Showcasing the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”-from The Jackson 5 to the singer’s final film, “This Is It”-the concert includes music from the albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and much more. Traditionally the best-attended concert of the year, this holiday celebration also honors American heroes and includes a moving fireworks finale orchestrated to patriotic classics.

Taking place Monday, July 4, at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking), the concert is led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman and marks the beginning of the Symphony’s final season at Irvine Meadows before the venue closes (new location to be announced). Designed to evoke the memories of the last three decades with exhilarating and iconic music, this special season promises to be both exceptional and sentimental, as the Symphony bids a fond farewell to its summer home of the last 29 years.

“We have one more season under the stars in our summer home and it begins with an exciting 4th-of-July celebration of our great country,” says Maestro Kaufman. “Irvine Meadows has always been a place for families to gather to enjoy the beauty and excitement of great music, and this coming July 4th will once again offer a joyous celebration for all ages. The audience will be on its feet, dancing and singing along to the music of Michael Jackson!

“Michael was an amazing performer, and it was all driven by his music,” he continues. “He was an important part of the American musical history, and it’s exciting to be able to present his music on our July 4th program and remember this tremendously talented entertainer. And with the amazing fireworks finale, there will be no doubt that it’s the birthday of the U.S.A!”

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

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Michael Jackson-The Symphony Experience Tribute In Berlin


The world premiere of the Michael Jackson-The Symphony Experience will held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on June 10, 2016.

The concept of the Michael Jackson-The Symphony Experience promises a unique and innovative fusion of pop and classical in tribute to the musical legacy and genius of the King of Pop. A orchestra and band of 70 musicians will perform some of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits such as “Thriller” and “Heal the World” live on stage, interpreted in a new and classical way.

German soul stars like Mic Donet, Rino Galiano and other international talents have confirmed their appearance for the show, which will be lead by composer and arranger Thomas Hohl.

Tickets for this exclusive show are available now.

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Sources: Mercedes-Benz Arena| All Things Michael

Tribute To Michael Jackson: Zumba Class Dance Party

Sources: Eventbrite | All Things Michael


June marks seven years since Michael Jackson’s passing. In his memory, Dance Spa is a Michael Jackson themed Zumba class.

Dance to all your favorite MJ hits, like Smooth Criminal, Thriller and Beat It, with moves inspired by the King of Pop himself. 80’s dance attire is encouraged.

The class will be taught by Cristina Sanchez. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer.  She has performed around the world as a vocalist, singing with major artists such as R. Kelly, Heather Headley, and Paulina Rubio, as well as performing as a solo artist.  She has always loved to dance and has been a certified Zumba instructor for about 5 years. Cristina has been with Dance Spa since January 2016, and is very excited to share her MJ Zumba class with us!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)
WHERE: Dance SPA – 1890 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
PRICE: $15.00 – Tickets


Apollo Theater Tributes To Michael Jackson For June And October

Michael Jackson performing at the Democratic National Committee's "A Night at the Apollo"  voter registration drive & fund-raiser at The Apollo Theater in New York City.  April 24, 2002.  Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

The world famous Apollo Theater will be honoring one of his own: the greatest entertainer/musician of our times, Michael Jackson! The venue will host two tribute event for the King of Pop in June and October.


Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM

From Off the Wall to Invincible, Michael Jackson’s recordings on Epic Records chronicle the artist’s evolution to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Author and Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture, Mark Anthony Neal, will take us behind the music for a look at Jackson’s resounding impact on music, culture and entertainment and his place in a longstanding tradition of Black performance.


*Once you’ve registered online, you will receive an email confirmation. You must print out your email confirmation and bring it with you the evening of the event.

Note: Entry is not guaranteed. General Admission. Ticket Info.


Irvin Mayfield, Jr. and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Jared Grimes

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8 PM

Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and Apollo Jazz Artist-in-Residence Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) return to the Theater, in Mayfield’s third presentation, for a special tribute to Apollo legend and global icon and the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson. This tribute show re-imagines Jackson’s iconic hits through jazz. The 90-minute program will feature a performance by world renowned tap dancer and protégé of Wynton Marsalis, Jared Grimes.

Tickets Info.