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Jackson Family Plans To Celebrate Michael's Birthday In Gary

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 2, 2012 10:00PM

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The Jackson family, including Michael Jackson's three children, are convening in Gary, Ind., to celebrate the King of Pop's birthday with the "Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It Tribute Concert." Michael's mother Katherine Jackson partnered with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson to announce the four-day birthday celebration, which they hope will become an annual event.

It kicks off with a candlelight tribute ceremony on Aug. 29, Michael's 54th birthday, with a musical tribute by The Gratitude Project. Sorry, we couldn't find info on what that is, but they do have an "original composition “Dear Michael” dedicated to Mrs. Jackson & the Jackson family." On Thursday Michael's children Prince, Paris and Blanket will attend a minor league baseball game: The Gary SouthShore RailCats vs. the St. Paul Saints. Michael's kids will receive honorary team uniforms and throw out the first pitch.

Then on Friday, Aug. 31, Katherine Jackson will be recognized by the City of Gary and the Chamber of Commerce at a special dinner. Then Saturday, Sept. 1 is a big night with the West Side Theatre Guild under the direction of Mark Spencer will host the official "Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It Tribute Concert." Tickets for matinee and evening performances are on sale. Can't make it to Gary? Well, the event will also be streaming live online.

And that, my friends, is how Gary will cash in on Michael Jackson's death.