On August 20, 1972, more than 112,000 music fans enjoyed the all-day Wattstax concert festival in Los Angeles Coliseum. At the time, it was the second largest gathering of African Americans in history next to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington. Concert goers were treated to classical music, gospel, blues, jazz, and, of course, Stax soul music. The brainchild of then-Stax owner Al Bell, it was the largest celebrations of African American music, culture, and lifestyle in the history of the United States. Artists who performed included the Rance Allen Group, Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, Albert King, Luther Ingram, Isaac Hayes, and almost every other artist on Stax Records’ roster at that time.
Now, the Stax Music Academy pays tribute to Wattstax during the year of its 50th Anniversary. Please join us at Overton Park Shell for this very special, momentous celebration Saturday, June 25, 2023 at 7 pm.