FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RTJP Events, LLC in cooperation with Lackawanna College, The City of Scranton, Lackawanna County Arts and Normandy Holdings, LLC presents: “A Nod To Greatness: Motown and Michael Jackson,” a very special concert to benefit Haiti Earthquake relief efforts and scholarships at Lackawanna College.
SCRANTON, Feb. 11, 2010 — RTJP Events, LLC has teamed with the Council for Community Affairs and several sponsors for council’s annual Motown tribute concert. The organization is proud to present this most special evening. For the first time since the death of megastar Michael Jackson, family members of the King of Pop, led by older sister Rebbie Jackson, will perform a full-fledged concert which will include a very special nod to the late Thriller singer.
The show also will feature Tribute’s Damon Harris Temptations, the historic Motown group that spawned such hits as “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” “Just My Imagination,” “My Girl,” and “Get Ready.” As lead singer for the Temptations from 1971 to 1975, Damon Harris sang a special duet with Michael Jackson at Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push benefit in 1972. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond presented Mr. Harris and The Temptations with a Grammy for “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.”
“As everyone knows, my family and I have had a difficult year, but I’m looking forward to getting on stage in Scranton and giving the audience a great show,” said Ms.Jackson. “There is going to be some surprises, so be there.” Ms. Jackson, who has already donated money for Haiti earthquake relief, said seeing the images from Haiti and knowing the suffering of the people has really had an impact on her. She said she looks forward to doing even more for those who have been less fortunate than she.
Ms. Jackson said she and her family choose Scranton for the first Jackson concert since Michael’s passing because “I’m a low key person and when you do something so special, it’s often best not to make too much of it.”
Mr. Harris, who has also been at the forefront of raising awareness to prostate cancer, said he too looks forward to performing and plans to sing a special “Never Can Say Goodbye” homage to Michael Jackson. “I’m happy that the Jackson family is coping pretty good,” Mr. Harris said. “I have so many memories of little Michael and how he dubbed me ‘The Voice’ when we were at Motown. This is going to be pretty moving. Pretty special.”
Tickets for the show go on sale Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 and will be available at www.lackawanna.edu; www.etix.com and by calling (570) 955-1455. The price will be $50.50 and $30.50. The concert will be held at The Mellow Theater, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, PA. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010.