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The city of Gary will kick off a three-day event Thursday to celebrate its most famous native son. The Michael Jackson tribute festivities will feature concerts, a block party and fireworks show. August 26, 2013
GARY, Ind. - Fans of Gary native and world famous performer Michael Jackson will have a chance to celebrate this iconic entertainer for three days.
Beginning Aug. 29 at 3:30p.m., a block party will kick-off at 2300 Jackson St. filled with an afternoon of music, live entertainment and food vendors. Festivities will continue Friday, Aug. 30 at 3:30p.m. with more performances by local Gary talent as well as acts from across the country. The block party on Saturday will begin at 11:30a.m. with music, fun, games and will conclude with a fireworks display at dusk.
At the request of matriarch Katherine Jackson, President of 442 No. Mass. Productions Sandy Christmas has been working with city officials to plan this tribute.
"Mrs. Jackson, in honoring her son, wanted to give back to the city of Gary, Indiana," said Christmas. "The city has been very helpful in identifying local talent and vendors to ensure that this event will be successful."
Jackson will also be presented with an award from representatives of Roosevelt High School at the start of Friday's festivities.
Some of the vendors include Miller Pizza, Glen Park Shrimp, Big Daddy's Barbeque, Jamba Juice along with several others. There will also be a DJ on-site each day playing MJ tunes in between the performances.
"We are honored that Mrs. Jackson is hosting such a celebratory affair for Gary's most famous native son," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "Fans from near and far are invited to come out and have a great time. It's a perfect way to kick-off your long weekend."
For a more information about the line-up of performers, visit http://www.theofficialmjjtribute.com.
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.
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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.
Source: The City of Gary