Whip out your white gloves, because tomorrow, Aug. 29, would have been Michael Jackson’s 59th birthday. Naturally, the Bay Area is honoring the King of Pop in style, because what would an M.J. celebration be without DJ sets commemorating the pop legend, dancing until dawn, and tons of hip grinding?
Only days ago, Paris Jackson, Michael’s daughter, spoke at the VMAs against President Donald Trump and “Neo-Nazi jerks and white supremacists,” urging, “We must resist.” And, on Saturday, Spike Lee threw his annual block party in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, celebrating the pop idol’s birthday with spirited music, celebratory dancing, and Jackson-themed performances. To add a bit more reason to celebrate there’s the upcoming anniversary of another Jackson milestone. On Sept. 2, 1995, You Are Not Alone became the first song in history to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1. So the Jackson fervor is alive and well this week as we celebrate the King of Pop here in the Bay Area.
Join Amoeba on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. to wish M.J. a very special happy birthday. DJ Jay Midnight will be spinning one-of-a-kind Michael Jackson mixes and the music store will offer 20 percent off all Michael Jackson music and merchandise, plus fun birthday treats. East Bay residents can celebrate LaToya’s brother’s life with a free birthday tribute at Bay Street in Emeryville. The two-hour show, starting at 6 p.m., includes music and live performances of Michael’s most popular songs by local dance studios: Think “Black or White,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “Thriller.” After the show, take to the dance floor for a dance party hosted by Oakland-based Dance-A-Vision Entertainment.