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Singer Eric Roberson and The Calahan Foundation
THE “Michael Jackson Tribute Spectacular: MJ Live,” scheduled for February 1 at the Rosemont Theatre, has been described as “the ultimate MJ tribute show,” and it mirrors the electrifying performances by the legendary King of Pop. Renowned impersonator Michael Firestone, who has become a fixture doing the show in Las Vegas, incorporates many of the elements that rocketed Jackson to superstardom, including his incredible dance moves. But it’s the music that’s always at the forefront and includes the performance of hit songs such as “Bad,” “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Additionally, Firestone reaches back for tunes made popular by the Jackson 5, including “ABC” and “I Want You Back.” The spectacular lighting and special effects enhance the show that many observers consider to be representative of one of history’s greatest entertainers.  
The 'Stay Tuned: Rock On TV' Exhibit
A Tribute To 'The King of Pop'
THE first stop in the nationwide tour of the Stay Tuned: Rock On TV exhibit has arrived at the Museum of Broadcast Communication and will continue to be displayed through April 2. From “American Bandstand” to the height of MTV, the multisensory and multimedia exhibit highlights the story of how TV and rock and roll benefited each other and how TV helped to launch the careers of legendary entertainers. The exhibit provides visitors with an experience that’s narrated with exclusive footage from Mike Meyers, Martha Quinn, Kelly Clarkson, Micky Dolenz, Kevin Eubanks, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Shaffer and Darlene Love. Included among the 300 artifacts in the exhibit are stage designs from the Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” outfits worn by the Jackson 5, clothing worn by Sonny and Cher, Davy Jones’ jacket worn on “The Brady Bunch,” contracts between entertainers and “American Bandstand,” the acoustic guitar played by Eric Clapton on “MTV Unplugged” and much more. The educational walk through history goes from the post-war ‘40s through the era of “The Voice.” For more information, go to www.museum.tv/index.htm.
SINGER, songwriter and producer Eric Roberson delivered a crowd-pleasing performance at the 11th Annual Celebration of Giving Scholarship Benefit Gala at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The two-time Grammy Award-nominee is known for songs such as “The Moon,” “Still,” “I Have a Song,” “Leave It In” and “Dealing” (featuring Lalah Hathaway). The Howard University graduate has collaborated with music makers such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The fundraiser supporting the Calahan League of College Scholars, sponsored by the Calahan Foundation NFP & Calahan Funeral Home, is a part of efforts that provided scholarships for 20 students this year. The gala helps to fulfill the foundation’s mission of providing college scholarships to graduating high school seniors, offering college mentoring and meeting the needs of the community through community outreach.