Friday, August 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Concert in BK

Michael Jackson party commences in Brooklyn this Saturday
August 28, 4:23 PMNY Bargain Entertainment ExaminerIlia Panganiban
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Lee will host a huge bash in MJ's honor. Getty Images

It's been a little more than two months since Michael Jackson tragically died of cardiac arrest at the age of 50. This Saturday, August 29, on what would have been the singer's 51st birthday, Spike Lee will host a massive block party in Prospect Park in Brooklyn to commemorate the King of Pop.

"It's gonna be just how we do it, Brooklyn style," Lee stated in an interview with the online magazine The Root. "It's gonna be a joyous, festive, celebratory party."

Spike Lee was an avid Jackson fan as a child, watching Jackson 5 cartoons on Saturday mornings and wanting his Afro "to be perfectly round like Michael's." Many years later, Lee, a renowned filmmaker, had the privilege of collaborating with Michael Jackson on his music video for the song "They Don't Care About Us," from Jackson's 1995 album HIStory, Past, Present and Future, Book1. Lee was deeply affected by Jackson's death and felt compelled to pay homage to his idol with a day of dancing and music.

DJ Spinna will supply Michael Jackson hits to a video-screen montage. Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, will attend to declare August 29 "Michael Jackson Day." It's sure to be an epic event; officials estimate at least 10,000 people will attend, despite the inclement weather forecast. There is an 80 percent chance of showers with possible thunderstorms, but the show will go on, so brace yourself and come prepared to party.

The event will be held on Saturday from noon to 5 pm (gates open at 10 am) at the Neathermead Meadow in the center of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Enter at the park's Willink entrance off Flatbush Ave at Empire and Queens Blvds. The Q train is the closest subway.

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