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    Default Detroit street to be named after pop music icon Michael Jackson

    https://www.freep.com/story/entertai...wnd/617997002/



    DETROIT -- Joining the likes of Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, pop icon Michael Jackson will soon have a Detroit street named after him.

    In announcement made Thursday afternoon, city officials revealed that a portion of Randolph Street will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue as part of the Detroit Music Weekend next month.

    The four-day festival will also feature a performance by the four living Jackson brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine -- on June 16. Other announced acts for the festival include Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner, Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, Craig Brown and Will Sessions.

    The Jackson Five have a deep history with the city having been signed to Motown in 1968 and recording the groups biggest hits during their seven-year stint with the label.

    Marlon and Jackie Jackson were both on hand for the announcement of the street this morning.

    The Michael Jackson announcement is just the latest in a series of streets in the city being named after music icons with ties to the area. Along with Franklin and Wonder, Eagles lead singer Glen Frey has also been honored with a street being named after him.

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    Randolph between Gratiot and Madison in downtown Detroit will be renamed “Michael Jackson Avenue” as part of Detroit Music Weekend, city officials and organizers of Detroit Music Weekend, June 14-17, announced Thursday at a news conference. The weekend event, June 14-17, will include 500 acts and a shopping day Saturday featuring Detroit merchandise and some 100 restaurants.

    The naming of the street might have hit a roadblock, though. After the event, Marlon Jackson told The Detroit News that the street will be named after the Jackson 5. “We’ll work that out,” he said, as brother Jackie nodded.

    The Jacksons, who signed a contract with Motown in 1968, will be honored with a key to the city and a tribute concert June 14. They will perform as The Jacksons on June 15 at the festival.

    Marlon and Jackie Jackson spoke at the event, which touted Detroit's "Entertainment District," the cluster of downtown venues that includes three major sports stadiums, four sports teams, and several theaters, all within blocks.

    “We spent most of 1969 here in Detroit, staying at Bobby Taylor’s apartment, and rehearsing,” said Jackie Jackson, laughing. “We signed to Motown in 1968, but nobody believed us. They said, when is your record coming out?”

    “We recorded all these songs ... but then our first four records went to No. 1.”

    “This is Detroit — you have Big Sean, Eminem, Aretha... it should have a music festival,” Jackie Jackson added.

    In March, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts announced that the free, outdoor event would return for a second year June 14-17 with headlining acts the Jacksons, Michigan-raised actor Jeff Daniels and Mark Farner of Flint’s Grand Funk Railroad.

    “The purpose of Detroit Music Weekend is to articulate the impact our creativity has on our economy,” said Vince Paul, founding director of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

    At last year's Detroit Music Weekend, the city honored Aretha Franklin with a street named in her honor and the key to the city of Detroit. This year, The Jacksons and the Jackson family will receive the key to the city at 8 p.m. June 15.

    The city is working on officially designating the Entertainment District to highlight downtown's theaters and other entertainment venues.
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/en...end/617573002/

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    Nearly half a century after Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 ignited their career with a successful Motown audition, the City of Detroit will officially commemorate the group's local history.

    A stretch of Randolph Street in the city's theater district will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue, announced Stephen Brady, chief of staff for Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. A ceremony will be held on the site June 15 as part of the Detroit Music Weekend festival.

    The surviving Jacksons, who will headline the fest, will also be bestowed a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan, said Alexis Wiley, the mayor's chief of staff.

    The Indiana group was signed to Motown in 1968, recording at the company's West Grand Boulevard studios before migrating to Los Angeles as Berry Gordy Jr. steadily moved operations there. The Jackson 5 was with Motown through 1975 — racking up hits such as "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "I'll Be There" — and was renamed the Jacksons when the group signed with Epic Records.

    The street renaming was announced Thursday morning at a media event for Detroit Music Weekend, a festival to be headlined June 16 by the surviving Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon.

    Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson were on hand for Thursday's press event at Music Hall.

    The free festival, spearheaded by Music Hall, will run June 14-17.

    Detroit Music Weekend debuted last summer with a headlining performance by Aretha Franklin, in what may have been her final hometown show. In a tearful, emotional event that week, the Queen of Soul was honored with her own street — a stretch of Madison unveiled as Aretha Franklin Way.

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    Default Re: Detroit street to be named after pop music icon Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Ave. !!! I dig it... awesome
    **He lives forever within us**

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    Default Re: Detroit street to be named after pop music icon Michael Jackson

    Great. - He should have more streets named after him.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ahess/videos - me dancing MJ - many years ago.

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    Default Re: Detroit street to be named after pop music icon Michael Jackson

    That's a nice gesture, I like it! More and more cities should follow this idea and have streets named after the King

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    Default Re: Detroit street to be named after pop music icon Michael Jackson

    That's a cool gesture and a sign of respect. But is it only renamed for a few days, as long as that festival lasts?

    There is also the Michael Jackson Alley in Bucharest


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    Default Re: Detroit street to be named after pop music icon Michael Jackson

    Fantastic!

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