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.

1979

1980

  • Bar-Kays
  • Larry Graham
  • Kurtis Blow

1981

  • 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.

1982

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.