It's the biggest party of the year! Say good-bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your closest friends! Beale Street’s big New Year’s Eve Celebration will be even more spectacular this year due to the addition of some serious star-power with headliner B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring pop music icon Tito Jackson. Together, superstar Tito Jackson and the B.B. King’s Blues Band will continue the mighty legacies of B.B. King and the Jackson 5 in an NYE set that will have music-lovers from around the planet vying for a spot on historic Beale Street this December 31. For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined a genre, averaging over 250 sold-out shows per year. Combine that heritage with the inspired genius of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson and you get a powerful must-see musical act that will be shared with Memphis audiences first.
The NYE concert, which is free and open to all 21 years old and older, is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music, including sets from multiple Memphis performers and a big fireworks finale. All bands will play at the corner of Fourth Street and Beale, and the event will be broadcast live via the street’s social media channels.
D’SCENE MAGAZINE Defiant Issue #08 (with Anna Clevelenad on the cover) features an exclusive interview with Jaafar Jackson. Before the release of his music debut in 2018, Jaafar talks about the legacy of his family, but also inspiration and future plans. D'SCENE is an internationally distributed biannual print magazine by Design SCENE. Shop at Design SCENE or MagCloud to order your digital or print copy. Credits to Design Scene for the Jaafar Jackson preview: Photographer: Sharon Mor Yosef. Styling: Gabriel Langenbrunner. Hair & Makeup: Nico Doniele. Assistant photographer: Glen Ayrton Silva. Post production: Iris Markevitch.
Jackson Magazine 2017 edition, the annual print publication by Jackson Source, will also feature an exclusive interview with Jaafar talking about what he has been up to the past year and what we can expect from him in the near future.
That well-worn cliche "It was a night to remember" has rarely been so true as it was for the OUT100gala, a night of deserved celebration for the LGBTQ community. Janet Jackson was in attendance and received OUT's 2017 Music Icon Award, alongside an audience that included OUT100 honorees Chelsea Manning, Jonathan Groff and Wrabel, as well as guests including Michael Sam, and the Hamilton star and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry.
“Words are necessary and mine are few so I’m going to try and speak from my heart,” Jackson said to the crowd during her acceptance speech. “My heart says thank you, your appreciation means the world to me. My heart says thank you for being and having the courage to be who you are. Thank you for giving others the courage to be who they are.”
Austin Brown's EP "Canyon Sessions" is now available on iTunes and the acoustic album features 8 tracks:
“Smile” was released on June 1st, 2017 and marked the first release off Austin's Canyon Sessions. Take a listen below, and pick it up on iTunes now. "Smile" was premiered on Apple Music by Ebro Beats 1 Radio worldwide show early June 2017 and Austin also performed at the Revolt sessions to promote his record "Smile".
Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson family, has surrendered her co-guardianship over Blanket aka Bigi, Michael Jackson's youngest child, who is now 15. According to court documents, Katherine has filed papers to hand over sole guardianship of Blanket (real name: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.) to TJ Jackson, Blanket's 39-year-old cousin. "Katherine is no longer needed to fulfill the duties that were necessary when joint-guardians were appointed," the documents state. "Given her own age  and the fact that [Blanket] is now 15 years old, Katherine feels that TJ is able to assume all necessary responsibilities of the guardianship for the Minor Child." Along with TJ, Katherine was appointed joint legal guardian of all three of Michael's children (Blanket, Paris and Prince) on Sept. 14, 2012, following Michael's tragic death.
King of Pop Michael Jackson was the King of television Friday night (October 27th) as reports indicate his CBS Halloween special, ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween,’ reigned over ratings and scored yet another win for the network in the process.
‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ is an animated, reimagined take on the pop icon’s magnum opus, ‘Thriller.’ Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Lucy Liu, and more, the made-for-TV flick soared onto small screens Friday night and – in the process – knocked the competition out of the park. Coming in as the #1 rated non-sports related program of the night for its time slot, the special helped lead CBS to an all around win.
On October 27th, the 2nd Annual Costume For A Cause Event was held ay Hayvenhurst in Encino, California. The event was presented by Dee Dee Jackson Foundation, Heal Los Angeles and TLK Fusion. Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson, Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson, Austin Brown, Genevieve Jackson, many more family members, friends and many celebrities attended the event to raise funds for charity. Visit our Facebook page for photos of the event.
Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson visited their childhood home in Gary, Indiana, and talked with local high school students. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the Jacksons made the visit Friday, a day after Janet Jackson’s concert in the Chicago area. Janet Jackson told students at Roosevelt High School that she started crying when she saw the small house. She said, “me and my family are so blessed. I’m so thankful.” Janet Jackson said she was 8-years-old the last time she was in Gary. The Jackson family moved out of the industrial city about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Chicago after the Jackson 5 recorded their first album in 1969, when Janet Jackson was a toddler. Janet also told students she misses performing with her siblings.
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tito Jackson will embark on a major world tour with a the Memphis B.B. King's Blues Band, they announced Wednesday they would be teaming up. Tito will go on a world tour with the B.B. King's Blues Band, but first the band must begin rehearsals. Those rehearsals will take place in Memphis. “Memphis will be making history as these two music greats come together," one of the band's promoters said. Tito said he didn't get a chance to go on a blues tour until 2000, but he said he's always had a love for blues and always idolized B.B. King. "I've always been a blues player...BB King was my hero when I was just a young man--maybe 7 or 8 years old," Jackson said. "To be a person that can play with B.B. King's band, I'm deeply honored."