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first annual MJFanvention will take place August 26-29 at the Radisson Hotel
and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville,
Indiana. This is the
first tribute event endorsed by the Jackson
family and it is expected to attract thousands of people from around the world.
“We felt that Northwest Indiana was the
perfect place to host an event that will highlight Michael’s life and music. It
just makes sense because everything began here,” said Renae Brantley, CEO
of Fluid Entertainment, Inc. and Fluid Productions, LLC, promoters of the
gathering. “This is the only event that will be held so close to his Gary, Indiana
boyhood home and has been endorsed by his family.”
Members of the Jackson
family will be in attendance and participate in question and answer sessions,
sign autographs and take photos. In a special tribute to this musical family’s
ongoing legacy, Michael’s family members will perform throughout the weekend,
including his niece Genevieve Jackson and “The Triple Dose Band,” led
by Keith Jackson, a first cousin. Michael Jackson’s protégé, international
artist Omer Bhatti, will also perform.
“The MJFanvention (“fanvention” coined from the words
“fan” and “convention”) will give Michael Jackson fans an
opportunity to enjoy his music and meet and talk with performers and
professionals that worked with him on a variety of projects throughout his
illustrious career,” said Karen Williams, COO of Fluid Entertainment, Inc.
and Fluid Productions, LLC.
Artists including David Nordahl, who painted several commissioned portraits of
Michael, musicians including guitarist Jennifer Batten who played with Michael
on tour, and authors who wrote extensively about Michael’s life and career,
including Aphrodite Jones, will participate in discussion panels and question
and answer sessions to give Fanvention participants a true insider’s view of
one of the greatest artists the world has ever known. A tradeshow exhibit
hall with Jackson
memorabilia will be in the Grand Met at the Radisson Hotel.
A highlight of the weekend includes a special tree planting ceremony at the Jackson family’s Gary,
Indiana home on Saturday, Aug. 28
at 2 p.m. Mrs. Katherine E. Jackson and other family members will join
together to pay tribute to the strong commitment Michael held for the
environment and truly making the world a better place. Tours
to the Jackson family’s Gary home will be provided throughout the
“He used his music to convey his concerns,” said Don Thompson, event
director. “We want everyone to walk away from this event understanding his
passion for his music, humanity and his commitment to preserving the earth’s
A VIP gala reception will follow Saturday’s tree planting ceremony at 6 p.m. on
Aug. 28. An exclusive concert “The Jacksons – The Next Generation”
will kick off at 8 p.m. that evening. This once-in-a-lifetime concert
will feature performances by the next generation of Jackson family musicians, including Genevieve
Jackson and Triple Dose, along with other special guests to be announced at a
The weekend will conclude with a Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration Sunday,
Aug. 29 from
3 – 5 p.m. Gary School Corporation’s Westside Theatre Guild will perform
a Tribute Concert produced by Mark Spencer.
A portion of the proceeds from the MJFanvention2010 will be donated as a
charitable contribution, in the spirit of Michael’s commitment to humanity and
Tickets went onsale this week at www.mjfanvention.com – and the ticket packages
are quite reasonable, ranging from $1,013.32 for single rooms to $2,767.52 for
quad rooms .
– no Bonnaroo style camping?