0826 Jacksons at CoMMA

The Jacksons will play at CoMMA on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Anticipation is building with the city of Morganton and its municipal auditorium as a performance by a famous musical group draws near.

The Jacksons, consisting of original members (and Michael’s brothers) Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson, will perform at CoMMA on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

“It’s really incredible for the Jackson family to be coming to Morganton, a little bit smaller town and, probably, when they were playing shows back in the ’60s and ’70s, people would have never imagined they would be here,” said Ethan Smith, public information officer for the city.

“It’s really cool, even having grown up here, for them to be coming here. I’m really pretty excited about it.”

Though the events aren’t technically connected, Smith said the concert by The Jacksons will serve as a fantastic lead-in for that weekend’s Historic Morganton Festival, which will feature two days’ worth of music on multiple stages, along with food and craft vendor booths.

According to a release from the city, The Jacksons’ energetic show consists of all the famous dance moves and costumes fans have witnessed throughout the decades as the family has taken stage after stage, entertaining audiences with their hits. The concert is an opportunity to witness live the reformation of one of the greatest pop and Motown super-groups in the history of music.

The Jacksons are inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have five No. 1 albums, 18 No. 1 hits, 17 top 10 albums and 17 top 40 singles to their name. The group will play classics like “ABC,” “I Want You Back,” “I’ll Be There,” “Rockin’ Robin” and more.

“We are so excited to bring The Jacksons to Morganton,” said Assistant City Manager Sonja Marston in a release. “The Jacksons are part of American music history, and we can’t wait for their performance here. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the greatest musical performances to ever hit stages across the nation.”

According to information from the city, The Jackson 5 became a worldwide sensation in 1969 with the release of their first Motown album, “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.” Singles “I Want You Back” and “Who’s Loving You” went on to sell 2 million copies in six weeks. The Jackson family made history when the hit single “I Want You Back” rose to No. 1 on the pop charts, and The Jackson 5 franchise was born.

The Jackson family went on to achieve meteoric success in the music industry, performing as The Jackson 5 from 1969-75, the release said. They released numerous albums, made countless television appearances and played concerts to sold-out stadiums everywhere. After 1975, the family continued to perform as The Jacksons when they switched from Motown to Epic Records.

Michael Jackson began performing as a solo act, charting numerous hits and garnering fans across the world, and The Jacksons recorded their last album together in 1989.

The Jacksons' live performance in 2019 brings to life decades of musical success that shaped the sound of America for generations, the release said. When the group brings its show to Morganton, it is a chance for the audience to hear living music history as they sing and dance through hits that defined decades.

Tickets for The Jacksons’ show at CoMMA on Sept. 5 start at $85, and youth tickets are only $80. Folks can buy tickets now by visiting commaonline.org or by calling 828-433-SHOW.

Tickets also are available at the CoMMA box office as well, located at 401 S. College St. in downtown Morganton. Box office hours are from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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