In the week following the sudden death of Michael Jackson, the music with which he earned the title “King of Pop” was once again ubiquitous in clubs, cars, supermarkets, radios and homes the world over. A reminder of how—before the plastic surgery, tales of hyperbaric oxygen chambers, the baby-dangling and the career-crippling child-molestation charges—Michael Jackson redefined the sound of pop as we it know with music that was timeless and unprecedented in its infectiousness. Reared in the Motown studio and honed across stages worldwide, Jackson’s talent is pop-music’s greatest achievement while his life is pop music’s greatest tragedy. Released in 1979, Off the Wall was the album on which Jackson shed his teen-idol skin and asserted himself as a singular pop star in his own right. While the singles “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” and “Rock With You” were earth-shattering, let us not forget hard-groovin’ deeper cuts like “Get on the Floor” or the stellar title track. To honor what would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday—as well as the 30th anniversary of Off the Wall’s release—Kid Electric Concerts has assembled an ensemble of top-notch musicians to perform the album in its entirety. Proceeds from the event will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee.
Fri., Aug. 28, 9 p.m., 2009