News

Michael Jackson’s hometown plans three-day birthday bash

Michael Jackson’s hometown plans three-day birthday bash

MICHAEL JACKSON: The promoter says Jackson's mother, Katherine, the singer's children and other family members are expected to attend. Photo: Associated Press

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Michael Jackson’s boyhood hometown of Gary, Indiana is ready to give the late singer another birthday bash. But organizers of the three-day Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts say it won’t just focus on the singer, who died in 2009.

They say the event will also be aimed at encouraging new artists.

The promoter says Jackson’s mother, Katherine, the singer’s children and other family members are expected to attend.

There will also be a ceremony tomorrow at Roosevelt High School — which the Jackson 5 name-checked in their 1970s hit, “Goin’ Back to Indiana.”

Recent Headlines

in Music

Taylor Swift and J. Cole rule Billboard charts

Fresh
"Woman of the Year" honoree Taylor Swift attends the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York.

Taylor Swift is celebrating her longest reign at the top of the U.S. pop chart after Blank Space racked up a fifth week at number one.

in Music

Stevie Wonder welcomes ninth child

Fresh
In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Stevie Wonder performs “Songs in the Key of Life” tour Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Stevie Wonder and his partner Tomeeka Robyn Bracy have welcomed a daughter called Nia.

in Entertainment

Chris Pratt thought ‘Guardians’ would be a box office flop

Guardians Of The Galaxy

The "Parks and Rec" star was very, very wrong.