Tag Archives: Michael Jackson

Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week!

Since it’s the late Michael Jackson’s birthday today and all, it seemed right that this week’s Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week be Gift of Dreams’ “Moonwalk.” Now go bump this in the bucket!


SolArt Radio Episode #12: MJ Memorial and More

On this 12th episode of SolArt Radio, I take the reigns for the hour to recount my experience at the memorial service for the King of Pop Michael Jackson! As readers of this blog know, I was one of the lucky few – relative to those who wanted to be there – to get a pair of tickets. To underscore my thoughts, I begin the show by playing three musical highlights from the service – Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and Jermaine Jackson.

You’ll definitely want to stay tuned after that to find out all about the first Sol Art Radio show production of the summer! The band Enjambre will be performing a special acoustic set this Saturday, July 18th at the Breath of Fire Theater Space in Santa Ana. Aside from that special announcement, I bring you the music of bands like Girl in a Coma, Strangely Attractive, and the Nekromantix.

Being the HipHop Head that I am, episode #12 comes to a close with some joints from the underground brought to you by The Glass Bottom Boat, Rebels to the Grain and Maya Jupiter! As always, spread the word and tell a friend about SolArt Radio!

MJ’s Memorial Service in Photos


It’s been a busy topsy turvey week for me at donpalabraz.com! I started out the week on Monday with the disappointment or reading an email from the Staples Center that regretted to inform me that my registration to attend the Michael Jackson memorial service had been rejected. Two hours later, I checked my email again only to find an updated reply stating that I had indeed been granted two tickets to attend! With that, the course of my whole week changed. Here’s my attempt to tell the story through a few selected pictures:

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John Mayer – Human Nature

John Mayer’s performance of Michael Jackson’s song “Human Nature” was a favorite of mine during the entire memorial service. I really liked Jermaine Jackson’s rendition of “Smile” but I’m a guitarist – even if only a failed one – at heart. There was a certain profoundness to this performance that only silence can make heard. With Michael Jackson leaping upward into the loam, the absence of singing on this song underscorded his physical absence from this Earth…

Report Back from Michael’s Memorial

I’m just back from my experience of a lifetime at the memorial service for Michael Jackson. An estimated one billion people saw the event on television, but I was there in person. I’ve been busy doing interviews on Uprising Radio on the spot and the Four O’Clock Report with Gustavo Arellano afterwards. In between those reports, I blogged all about it over at the OC Weekly too. More pictures are soon to come here as well as thoughts about the service itself:


Michael Jackson Memorial Tickets!

It’s official! I picked up my Michael Jackson memorial service tickets today from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles! Somehow, someway, I became one of the lucky few out of 1.6 million applicants to be awarded these coveted passes. Stevie Wonder, Usher, and others will be on hand tomorrow at the Staples Center paying homage to the king of pop as I will be in attendance.

On the eve of this occasion, two thoughts predominate. Will the euphoria of this spectacle outweigh the reality of life and death that grounds it? Will a somber mood prevail for someone who most likely died tragically when he didn’t have to? Also, will this memorial service bring some semblance of closure for the greater music world? I hope so.

More to come tomorrow…

Michael Jackson: The Loss of a Legend

I have been wanting to pay tribute in the form of an internet broadcast to the King of Pop since his passing in late June. With the necessary downtime, I finally present “Michael Jackson: The Loss of a Legend,” a one-hour special on the music of the icon. I don’t spend too much time talking in the program because the best way to pay homage on this website is by playing cuts from his immense repertoire. I hope you all enjoy which is essentially an impossible task; encapsulating the best of Michael Jackson in one hour!

Playlist: 1. Off the Wall 2. Remember the Time 3. Rock With You 4. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 5. I Want You Back (Z-Trip Remix) 6. The Girl is Mine 2008 (will.i.am. Remix) 7. Thriller (DiscoTech Remix) 9. They Don’t Care About Us 10. Scream 11. You Rock My World 12. Butterflies 13. Gone Too Soon