Southern Heritage Classic Prepares to Welcome UAPB and TSU Fans, Musical Guests

For the first time, the 34th Southern Heritage Classic will welcome the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to face off against Tennessee State University. The Classic runs from September 7-9, 2023.

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The Southern Heritage Classic goes way beyond the football game itself. It’s a weekend full of activities, music, and competitions that highlights all of the talent of HBCU’s.

From concerts featuring Gladys Knight to the Classic Parade and the Classic Battle of the Bands – the Southern Heritage Classic has it all. We can’t forget the epic tailgate either.

Here’s this year’s schedule:

Thursday, September 7

Classic Concert presented by AARP Tennessee 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Enjoy an evening of Classic soul starring Gladys Knight with Jammin Jay Lamont. On sale at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office and online at

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Friday, September 8

Classic College & Career Fair 8:30 a.m., Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane/Liberty Park. Presented by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. Regional college and university representatives as well as businesses will be available to provide information about attending college and employment opportunities. For more information, call (901) 636-6264. Visit online at Free admission.

Classic Coaches Luncheon presented by FedEx Noon, Renasant Convention Center/Grand Ballroom. A Classic salute to UAPB head football coach Alonzo Hampton and TSU head football coach Eddie George. Special guest speaker: TBA. Invitation only.

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Saturday, September 9

Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium parking lots and Tiger Lane. Friends, Food and Football. On sale at To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

Penny Hardaway Memphis District Golf Classic 8 a.m., Tunica National Golf &Tennis. $500 per team, 4-man scramble. All participants receive a golf shirt and gift bag with premium items. For information, call (901) 265-4886 or online at

Classic Parade 9 a.m., Presented by the Orange Mound Community Parade Committee as a salute to the Southern Heritage Classic. The parade route is along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways featuring area high school marching bands. For information, contact Claudette Boyd at (901) 413-7109 or Algenner Jackson at (901) 230-3819 and online at

Classic Battle of the Bands 11 a.m., Whitehaven High School Stadium. The competition will feature the best high school show bands in the region with show-stopping dance routines. Tickets: $12 advance; $15 day of. For tickets and information, contact Walter Banks Jr. at 901-497-2015 or email at [email protected]. Interested bands should submit to the following LINK.

Classic Fashions & Brunch 11 a.m., The Guest House at Graceland. “Our Culture, Our Fashion” presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Memphis Chapter. Tickets: $75. For tickets and information, call (901) 568-4021 or online at

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Southern Heritage Classic Football Game 6 p.m., Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. A great football rivalry featuring ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF vs. TENNESSEE STATE. Tickets: $53, $38 and $23 plus service charges. All seats reserved. On sale at To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

AutoZone Halftime Show
Featuring UAPB’s Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South and TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands

Classic 5th Quarter presented by FedEx Employees Credit Association
A grand finale for the Southern Heritage Classic football game featuring a battle of the bands.

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