August is always a very special and exciting time within the Michael Jackson fan community. Whereas the month of June brings back painful memories of his loss and what his life became near the end, August is almost universally when our thoughts return to happier times-the celebration of Michael’s birth and his life. And going back to where it all began.
Perhaps especially in light of recent events, the celebration this year seems more important than ever. A few weeks ago, we weren’t even sure of Katherine Jackson’s safety or whereabouts, and the future of Michael’s children seemed uncertain as well. But now, with most if not all of those issues resolved for now, Katherine and the children will be back in Gary for the events taking place between August 29th and September 1st.
And now for the best part of all (you had to know this was coming, right?)-YOURS TRULY is going to be there, to bring all of the events of “Can You Feel It?” week home to those of you who cannot attend and to Michael’s fans throughout the world!
Here is a rundown of events as currently scheduled. This is from the official “Goin’ Back To Indiana: Can You Feel It?” Facebook page:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 1, 2012 KATHERINE JACKSON ANNOUNCES JACKSON FAMILY HOMETOWN EVENTS Gary, Indiana Remembers The King of PopLos Angeles, California (Wednesday, August 1, 2012) — Katherine Jackson, Matriarch of the famed Jackson musical Family, and the Honorable Karen Freeman-Wilson; Mayor of Gary, Indiana, today announced “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It,” four days of events from August 29 through September 1, 2012 remembering the city’s most famous native son; Michael Jackson. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/jacksonstreet2012.
“I’m excited about the activities planned for “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It” as we pay tribute and remember Gary’s own Michael Jackson,” said Mayor Freeman-Wilson. “We have been working in partnership with Mrs. Katherine Jackson and her team to create events that will showcase Michael’s entertainment legacy and his wonderful birthplace of Gary, Indiana. As Mayor of this great city, I am enthusiastic about the opportunities that this celebration will bring. We envision this to become an annual event that will grow larger as the years progress.”
The City of Gary, Indiana and the Gary Chamber of Commerce; Chuck Hughes, President, have joined Los Angeles, California based Dumont Marketing under the direction of Mr. Jerry Olivarez authorized by Mrs. Katherine Jackson; Jackson’s mother, to support a series of activities to take place in his birthplace of Gary, Indiana.
On Wednesday August 29, a Candlelight Tribute ceremony will take place at the Jackson family residence at 2300 Jackson Street, Gary, Indiana. The ceremony, starting at 8:00 p.m., will include remarks by Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson and a musical tribute by The Gratitude Project, presented by The Interactive Broadcasting Company (tibc.tv).
Neighboring streets will be closed starting at 3:00 p.m. to allow friends and fans to place ribbons and mementos at the home and share personal thoughts of the late singer on a commemorative banner. The event is free to the public.
On Thursday, August 30, Jackson’s three children; Prince, Paris and Blanket, will attend the Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game when the team faces the St. Paul Saints. The RailCats will recognize their father with a musical performance by The Gratitude Project and a moment of remembrance. The Jackson children will be presented with honorary team uniforms and toss out the ceremonial first pitch. The event is open to the public and general admission applies. For ticket information visitwww.railcatsbaseball.com.
The Majestic Star Casinos & Hotel will serve as the official hotel for the event. On both Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30, the Majestic Star will host the official “Goin’ Back to Indiana” after event in its Lakeshore Lounge from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. with Jackson-themed music and drink specials. For hotel reservations call 1-888-225-8259 or visitwww.majesticstarcasino.com.
On Friday, August 31, the Gary Chamber of Commerce will present a dinner hosted by Mayor Freeman-Wilson at the Majestic Star Casino & Hotel honoring Mrs. Katherine Jackson. Jackson will receive recognition from the City of Gary. For ticket information contact the Gary Chamber of Commerce at (219) 885-7407 or visit www.garychamber.com.
Saturday, September 1, the West Side Theatre Guild under the direction of Mark Spencer will host the Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It Tribute Concert.
The Gratitude Project will perform their original composition “Dear Michael” dedicated to Mrs. Jackson & the Jackson family. Additional tribute performances will be announced shortly.
Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It Tribute Concert will have a matinee performance at 4:00 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Both performances will be followed by a cast meet & greet. Tickets are $25 matinee and $35 evening and $50 for VIP Gold Circle seating and cast meet & greet. The event will also be streamed live.
For the latest event information visit and like us atwww.facebook.com/jacksonstreet 2012. #### 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.
ABOUT THE GRATITUDE PROJECT AND TIBC The Interactive Broadcasting Company (tibc.tv) founded by Jerome Picot in 2008 and later joined by Wendy Weir in 2009, is a new multimedia online broadcasting and entertainment company that facilitates the genius within individuals, giving them professional, positive platforms on which to present their creativity. TIBC is unique in that it also creates original content – including songs, videos, films, radio programs and TV shows, live events and multimedia projects in which these artists can participate.
Media Contacts: Mr. Jerry Olivarez (510) 719-2277 Jerryo1985@gmail.com
Theo Dumont President, Dumont Marketing Office: (424) 228-2114 Mobile: (818) 943-7876 Fax: (888) 221-8660 email@example.com twitter.com/theodumont
City of Gary Chelsea L. Whittington Director of Communications (219) 881-1314 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Katherine Jackson & Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson cordially invite you for four days of events to remember the life and music of Michael Jackson in the Jackson family hometown of Gary, Indiana. Official Hotel: Majestic Star Casino & Hotel. For room reservations call 1-888-225-8259 or visit…
You can support “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It” by purchasing an “All For Love” red ribbon to place on our virtual Jackson Family home for $5.00 to support 2300 Jackson Street preservation efforts. Click on “Concert Tickets” to buy.
One other thing I am very proud to announce is that I have had the honor of being asked to gift to Katherine and/or the children a very special book from the Everland Project. Everland, as I’m sure many of you know, is a very special project whose ultimate goal is to build a home for orphans, disadvanataged, and misplaced children in Liberia in Michael Jackson’s name. It will be a haven where many of the most unfortunate children in this poverty-stricken nation can receive love, care, nourishment, medical treatment, and most importantly, hope for a better future.