“Goin’ Back To Indiana” With The Jacksons and Friends   

Renee Sudderth, Linda Stinson, Jeanine Jackson, (I) Michael Jackson, Filipa Ariana Hamlin, Silva Howard, Veroncia "Ronnie" Christian at "2300 Jackson Street" - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
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The weekend of May 10, 2024, in the thriving city of Gary, Indiana,

Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

birthplace of the World Musical Royalty family, The Jacksons, was one epic, extravagant, exciting, family-oriented reunion. The finale was the Jacksons’ concert at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, which was breathtaking, energetic, exhilarating, and very entertaining.  After their phenomenal performance, they found that extra fuel in their engine to MEET-N-GREET their family, friends and fans. I knew it was going to be an exceptional special weekend, that’s why I asked many friends to meet there, and they did. We really enjoyed ourselves seeing old and meeting new Jacksons’ friends, and still communicating with each other.

On Friday, May 10, 2024, many gathered outside at “2300 Jackson Street” and joined the Jackson’s party by dancing, talking, laughing and sharing our Jackson 5, Jacksons’ and Michael Jacksons’ past and current stories.

Ron Pia, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons advocate getting ready to inform us or entertain us – Stay updated on RON PIA Facebook page Live – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

“Beat It” !! – Mateo Smalley and Isaiah – They entertained us very well!! – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
“Stop The Love You Save” – Renee Sudderth and Isaiah having a great time – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Michael Jackson has returned in different forms – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Reynaud Jones, Milford Hite (former first band members with the Jackson Brothers), Wendy Chow and Ron Pia – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Gary, Indiana natives were so nice to us that we had fun dancing in the living room down the street from the Jackson’s home – Renee Sudderth, Elenore Johnson (one of the Jacksons’ neighbors), Velita Norwood Spencer (my friend since 12 years old), and Jeanine Jackson (my best friend since 11 years old)- Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

This was my third time visiting this special home which will hopefully become an Historical Landmark in the future for the Jacksons’ and the city of Gary.

“2300 Jackson Street” Always Home…with Mr. Joseph, Michael, Brandon (Marlon’s twin) Jackson and ancestors flying over – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

I am still amazed at the 2-bedroom home in which Mr. Joseph Jackson and Mrs. Katherine Jackson raised their family to be the best they could be…..and now the crowd applauds their name. 

Each Jackson member have their own wall at the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, Gary Indiana – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

I’m so blessed years ago, I shared this moment with my father visiting the Jacksons’ birth home. After all, my father saw the beginning of my journey with the Jacksons since I was 10 years old.

After the amazing fun on “2300 Jackson Street”, my friends and I stopped to eat before going to the Hard Rock Casino to prepare ourselves for the Jacksons’ concert the next day. People were really having a good time in the casino.

This is the place to go – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

On Saturday morning, the day of the concert, two more friends joined us from Detroit, so we all decided to take our group photo at the Jacksons’ house. We were so happy. While at the house, Felicia Michelle, anchor from WNDU 16 Channel

Felicia Michelle with her camera man, Kevin Sholley from WNDU 16 Channel – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
The Jackson’s Ladies Renee Sudderth, Jeanine Jackson, Michelle Felicia, Veronica “Ronnie” Christian, Silva Howard, Linda Stinson, and Vikki Williamson – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

arrived and stated to us how excited she was preparing for a Jacksons’ story and their interview in a couple of hours. We were excited for her and told her how we’ve been loving the Jacksons since our childhood to senior citizen hood and that we came across the United States to be here.  Silva Howard, from Detroit, MI was also excited telling Felicia what wonderful memories she had meeting all the Jacksons including Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jackson down through the years. 

We arrived at the Hard Rock Casino 3 hours prior to the concert. It looked as though we stepped into another Jackson Party in the bar area.

Renee Sudderth, Wendy Chow, Nicole He, Artlee Williams, Jeanine Jackson – We had fun before the concert – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Earlier in the day, everyone was dressed in their casual “street” attire at the Jacksons’ house.

Silva Howard, Jodi Gomes, Renee Sudderth – Photo Courtesy of Silva Howard

Love their T-shirts – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Now everyone was looking their best to impress or wearing their favorite Jackson 5, Jacksons, Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson T-shirts.  It was a fabulous moment seeing the originality of everyone’s wonderful Jacksons’ best attire.

Renee Sudderth, Silva Howard, Jeanine Jackson – Photo Courtesy of Silva Howard
Linda Stinson, Renee Sudderth, Andre Vann, Jeanine Jackson, Vikki Williamson – Photo Courtesy of Andre Vann

Andre Vann aka Gepetto Jackson displaying his Jackson Privilege creation – Nice – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Andre Vann as Gepetto Jackson – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

We ready for the concert – Andre Vann, Renee Sudderth, Michael Shipp, Vickey Powell, Jeanine Jackson, Kimberly Wright, Silva Howard, and Linda Stinson- can’t see Carl Brandon – Photo Courtesy of Andre Vann
Lynn “Lenny” Herron of SAE, a worldwide Tour Merchandise and VIP Event Company ( le***@ba**********************.com )Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Linda Stinson proud of her autographed Jacksons’ Gold album and later had another proud moment – Photo Courtesy of Vikki Williamson
Jermaine Jackson – Each family member has their own wall here at the Hard Rock Casino, meaning every Jackson is talented and has earned their own spot in history – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

When the Jacksons appeared on stage, we were screaming with many of the Jacksons’ childhood friends and cousins that grew up with them before they left Gary in 1969 pursuing their career in “Sunny” California and for the “Bright Lights”. 

Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Tito Jackson (still wearing his hat) has traveled many roadways and skyways for their careers and fans, and WE THANK YOU!! – Captioned from the concert screen

One of the major highlights was our friends Linda Stinson and Vikki Williamson sitting on the front row when Jackie Jackson came to the edge of the stage to serenade and shake Linda’s hand. 

A beautiful fun moment Jackie Jackson and Linda Stinson – What a great Mother’s Day Weekend gift this was – Photo Courtesy of Vikki Williamson

Silva, Veronica “Ronnie” Christian, Jeanine Jackson and I were seated 7 rows back and were screaming so loud!!!  The individuals behind us said, “She must be your friend”.  We yelled, “Yes, Yes, Yes”.  We always support one another and always enjoy the Jacksons’ concerts.

We love our Jacksons – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Jacksons jamming with guitarist Brandon Brown – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

I respect and honor the Jacksons for performing 60 years with grace, strength, power, and humbleness in the entertainment world and still looking good with amazement and staying true to the Jacksons’ legacy.

The highlight of the weekend is being in the arms of the loving Jacksons – Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

The “Meet -N- Greet” was exciting especially watching those who were meeting the Jacksons for the first time. We shared our stories later and had a wonderful time with hard laughter. One of our friends was so excited that she became shy and couldn’t say a word knowing she had admired them since she was 10 years old like myself and my best friend Jeanine Jackson.

Following the concert, we did not want to go home, so our new and old friends stood in the casino talking, exchanging stories about how our Jacksons were really getting down dancing and singing. 

Fred Harris (former bodyguard for Joseph Jackson), Sharon Jones, LaDonna Petty (Advocate for the Jacksons in Gary, IN), and Milford Hite (played with the Jackson Brothers in the talent shows locally and won) – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Kimberly Harris, artist and Keith Jackson, lead vocalist, bass guitar & percussionist who is first cousins with the Jacksons and earned his spot to play onstage this night with them and continues to play with his band, The Triple Dose Band in the Gary/Chicago/Detroit, etc area weekly – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Dr. Executive producer Marlin L. Genas with movie crew for “Redemption” and book author Evangelist Geraldine Hughes (brown) for Michael Jackson’s book, “Redemption” – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Renee Sudderth, Veronica “Ronnie” Christian, Jamie aka JHostyle Jackson, Jeanine Jackson, Silva Howard, Kimberly Wright – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

After 60 years, the Jacksons still doing what they were born to do, and they love it!!

Thank you to the Jacksons, the band, management crew, Hard Rock Casino, Mayor Eddie D. Melton, the citizens of Gary and many others who made this an epic weekend with lifetime lasting memories.

Mayor Eddie D. Melton, Renee Sudderth, Andre Vann and Jeanine Jackson – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

The Jackson’s tour will continue, so make sure you go see their amazing concerts.  Life is a journey, so enjoy every moment, opportunity and don’t forget to laugh and have fun. Remember to support the Jacksons as well as encourage the award shows to honor the Jacksons for Lifetime Achievement Awards which is well overdue and deserving for the 60 years of amazing, unique musicians they are and the rest of their amazing family while their 94-year-old Mother Katherine Jackson is able to see this extraordinary honor. 

Ron Pia – Michael Jackson and The Jacksons’ Advocate has been working hard on this project. Let’s make this happen and make sure these Award Shows rightfully acknowledge our Jacksons with the support from around the globe – Photo Courtesy of Ron Pia

The Jacksons’ Legacy will continue and keep your eyes on the 2nd generation also. I’m so glad I went back to Indiana with the Jacksons and Friends. 

Brandon Brown – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
The Legendary Jacksons is truly standing the test of time and we still love them – (L to R) Tito Jackson and his son Taryll Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Hayden from the U.K. – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

The Jacksons Tickets – The Jacksons Concert Tickets and Tour Dates – StubHub or Ticketmaster

The Jacksons reflect on hometown ties, legacy in return to Gary (wndu.com)

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  1. Randall Calloway – June 1, 2024 – Via Facebook – So I just read the whole thing this is a beautiful article, u did ya thing as always! I felt I was there by reading it.🥹❤️❤️

  2. Silva Howard – May 29, 2024 – Via Facebook – YES, our weekend Gary, IN was incredible!
    Renee you’re a very detail emotional phenomenal writer. I always enjoy reading your articles. Thank you for including us in this “Goin Back to Indiana” article🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
    I hope this article get to The Jacksons❤️

  3. Linda Denise’s Page – May 28, 2024 – Via Facebook -Renee, You did not miss a beat! You nailed it!🔨 This article is on POINT! I Love the photos and the flashback moments! I’m Still on 💭9! Every moment was Electrifying🔥🔥🔥! 2300 Jackson Street was mind-blowing! 💨💨The fans, the music, the moves, 💃, The radio stations and we even made The Local News!🎥💪🏽! Not only are you a detailed On-Point Skilled Writer, but you’re a Hellava driver!!!! 🏁My foot went through the car floor like the Flintstones! 💨😂 Hands Down, there’s is nothing we won’t do for The Legendary Jacksons!❤️”Goin Back to Indiana” Concert was 🔥🔥🔥! Congratulations on your achievement! This calls for a Celebration!👑🍷🏆🌟Brake your arm patting yourself on the back!🥰

  4. I am very sorry I missed this concert. The Jacksons were neighbors. I grew up looking at them practice in their living room. They are the best example I’ve ever seen of people reaching their goals. Very talented Brothers! My mom was Tito’s 6th grade teacher.

    • WOW I love what you said!! I know you have stories to tell!! That’s a blessing you saw the DREAM in the making!!! Thank you for your input!!

  5. LaDonna Petty – May 26, 2024 – Via Facebook – Thank you for everything ❤️ you are an Amazing Woman!!! Gary misses you Already!!! Hurry up and come back you and your Girlfriends Crew🥰🎉🎊❤️🦅

  6. Marlin Genas – May 27, 2024 – Via Facebook – It’s me Marlin Genas movie producer keep up the good work

  7. Renee, you look great! You have been in the Jackson’s lives for a while and it is extraordinary that you have been able to connect with them throughout the years as the group has undergone transitions in their music career.

    You have met some incredible people over the years through your writing career, and one day I hope to find a published book with photos of those wonderful memories. 😘

  8. Dr Dee Thompson – May 25, 2024 – Via Facebook – I’m literally “Going back to Indiana” in July!!! Thanks for always making my Hometown Brothers shine Renee Sudderth! Don’t you love all the locks 🔐 of love on the fence?!?❤️🥰🙏🏽

  9. Ron Pia – May 24, 2024 – Nice job on the article 👏.. It was well written and the pictures were excellent. Nice tribute to Gary Indiana

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