Southern Heritage Festival

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This article is about the 1960s-1970s event. For the 2004-2008 event, see Southern Heritage Festival (2000s).

The Southern Heritage Festival was an annual concert event organized by John Ray at the Alabama State Fairgrounds from 1976 to 1986.



  • Bar-Kays
  • Larry Graham
  • Kurtis Blow


  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
  • Rick James & the Stone City Band
  • Tina Marie
  • Cameo
  • The Fatback Band
  • Taana Gardner
  • Carl Carlton

Tickets for the event were $10.50 in advance or $11.50 at the gate on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday afternoon "family day" tickets discounted to $2.50 (or $1.99 with a previous stub or a church program). Advance tickets were sold at the Underground Record Shop, What's Happening Now, Soulville Hat Shop, Gentleman's Quarterly in Western Hills Mall, and Beverage & Currency Exchange.


The August 6-8 event was co-sponsored by Magnum malt liquor.

  • August 7
    • Ray Parker Jr
    • Dazz Band
  • August 8
    • Frankie Beverly & Maze
    • Bloodstone
    • War

Tickets were $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the gate.