Forty years ago an estimated 200,000 fans converged on Charlotte Motor Speedway for the August Jam rock concert. Headliners included Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Allman Brothers.Wow, what a lineup! Wish I could've gone despite the problems that cropped up. The event was organized by Stan Kaplan, owner of the popular radio station WAYS. When the concert was over Kaplan said he 'will never be part of an outdoor concert again' due to gate crashers and lost revenue.
Did you go?
Were you a gate-crasher, LOL?
August 9 - 11, 1974
Ticket stub from the Internet.
Man oh man did they spell Foghat wrong!
'Rock enthusiasts arrive for concert - jam session begins at 11 a.m.'
'Youths wait for concert to begin.'
Youths may be passed out.
Gate Crashers: 'The worst episode occurred about 8 a.m. Saturday. About 8,000 youths gathered in front of the main entrance and stormed the gates. They were beaten back five times and rock fans already inside pelted security guards and ticket takers with bottles and caps.'
Stan Kaplan, organizer of August Jam and his wife, Sis.
They co-owned Charlotte radio station Big Ways.
1975. Staff photo.
One concert-goer said 'Everybody's high on something. It could be drugs, booze, sex music or the happening, but everybody's high.'
'The Charlotte Motor Speedway was a Sunday mess, so more than 100 youths were hired to help clean it up. Don Bunday, who came all the way from Chicago to Charlotte - about 700 miles - for the concert, ran out of money. So he spent Sunday helping to clean up the mess, and earning $2.50 an hour besides. They didn't have far to truck it - a landfill is in the Speedway.'
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