If you are at all attentive to the Michael Jackson online community, I am sure that you've come across the term "Michael Jackson season" more than a few times. The well-known "all things Jackson" Youtube guru Gadget Trish coined this term a few years ago. It refers to a period in time during which the Michael Jackson community is most active. After 2009, June pretty much kicked off Michael Jackson season but to my surprise (and JOY)- Michael season is starting earlier and earlier as time goes by. (I ain't made at that!)
If you aren't living in NYC, you may not even be familiar with the events associated with MJ season but, I am hoping that this post will break down all of the biggest events in Michael Jackson season 2013. I plan on doing another update later this summer in a part 2 installment but for now, take a look at what the season will bring us in May and June.
Thrill the World NYC & Legacy of Love at the 2013 Dance Parade
This year two of the most loved groups within the MJ fan community will join forces to dance at the annual New York City Dance Parade! Rehearsals are just about through but, there is still time for you to join in by being a spectator and cheering fellow #mjfam on! One of the coolest things about this year is that they will be LEADING the parade- a HUGE and awesome honor.
The parade is on Saturday, May 18th- join the Facebook event for more information! (Oh and if you like what you see- be sure to join in next year!)
Who's Bad Tribute Show
I have been to this show only once but, I have to say that it's my absolute favorite tribute show. The great thing about Who's Bad is not only the fact that they are big MJ fans themselves but, also that they take advantage of having a live band and encourage fan interaction. If you are a Michael Jackson fan who has never experienced Michael live, I would highly recommend this show to you. PS: I am not one for impersonations so... coming from me, this is a pretty big deal! The Who's Bad Show will be going down at BB King's in NYC on May 30th but, be sure to check the band's Official Website for more information on tour dates around the world.
Apollo Theater Vigil with MJ Fans of NY
Everyone knows that the Apollo Theatre is one of the places that the Jackson Five got their start. I personally go to the Apollo with many other fans, to join MJ Fans of NY in this annual vigil. On an otherwise somber and sad day, this is a great way to celebrate Michael's music and life with others. You won't really find your typical #mjfam fan but, more of the general public that has enjoyed his music. Nevertheless, if you like seeing people dancing and enjoying the music, but don't mind shedding a few tears when we all join hands and sing "Man In The Mirror" when dusk sets in, this gathering is for you. For more information... just show up on June 25th in front of Harlem's Apollo Theater.
In the Studio With Michael Jackson Seminars (Buy Tickets Now on Ticketbud.com)
If anyone knows me, they know that I am all about the MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC. This event is pretty much a dream come true for a fan like me so I have been urging all of my friends across the US to show this event some love and buy tickets! If you haven't heard (or seen my last post) here's a quick run-down of this unique and one of a kind seminar.
Technical director to Michael Jackson for nearly two decades, Brad Sundberg has announced a series of informative seminars to take place this June in New York City. Brad will be sharing behind-the-scenes stories and little known facts from his time working with Michael on the Bad, Dangerous, and HIStory albums. This interactive, music and video-filled seminar will bring fans closer than they could ever imagine to working with Michael “In the Studio”. Brad will share the back stories from the projects he worked on, including firsthand experiences of being with Michael when we wrote and recorded his demos and songs. For more on Brad and what he says we can expect from the seminar, check out his exclusive Q&A with MJJC .
Only 50 fans have the chance to be at each seminar and VIP tickets for the first day are already sold out! I personally can't wait for this, as I feel it will bring me closer to Michael and bring me a greater understanding of what went into the music that was to become the SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE. I hope that a lot of fans show up, as it is rare that anyone who has worked so closely with Michael is willing to spend one-on-one time with the MJ fan base.
I will be at most (if not all) of these events and I totally look forward to celebrating and enjoying the special gifts that Michael left us, with my Michael Jackson family again this year.
What will YOU be doing this MJ season? Got any other events to add to the list?
NOTE: If you are interested in getting involved in the "offline" fan community, you should join the most awesome MJ group on the planet (if I do say so myself!) Legacy of Love. My co-organizer and I would love to have ya! <3