1990 City Stages
The 1990 City Stages was the 2nd annual edition of "Birmingham's World-Class Music Festival", held June 15-17, 1990 at Linn Park. A total of 115 acts performed on 7 stages, with additional arts and crafts exhibits on view. The estimated attendance was 75,000, in line with the expected 60,000 to 80,000.
The ticket price remained the same, $3 per day or $5 for an advance weekend pass, available at Food-World and AmSouth locations. Children's one-day tickets were sold for $1, which children under 6 admitted free. The service charge for telephone orders through Fastix was $1.25.
Corporate sponsorships increased greatly, with Jell-O and Oscar Mayer joining Coca-Cola, Food-World and AmSouth Bank. The City of Birmingham contributed $25,000, as well as in-kind services. Jefferson County allocated $35,000, giving the festival a budget of about $565,000 in cash, with another $145,000 in donated services.
In addition to the music, City Stages 1990 featured a "Sun Strut" street parade and an "Art-on-Site" visual arts exhibition. The Alabama Folklife Festival added craft demonstrations, with area artisans making gourd martin houses, various types of baskets, fish nets and traps, quilts, pottery, woodwork and saddles.
City Stages 1990 also showcased six architect-designed festival gateways. The City Stages Jazz Camp and a songwriter's workshop offered instruction for school students. A crew from MTV filmed a segment at the festival.
The Birmingham Museum of Art, Discovery Place, Red Mountain Museum and Birmingham Public Library contributed to the array of children's activities, including a "book walk" and a whale-themed ecology exhibit.
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- Troup, Randy (June 9, 1990) "City Stages— 36 hours of fun for $5." Anniston Star, p. 7-8
- Carlton, Bob (June 12, 1998) "City Stages retrospective." The Birmingham News