Of course the most famous show to ever happen at the Augusta Civic Center was when The King, Elvis Presley played there on May 25, 1977 just months before his death.

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There were also some pretty amazing big name appearances in the Capital City in the decade that followed. Augusta hosted everything from Rock to Country to Vegas.

We've counted up a total of 39 concerts at the Augusta Civic Center from early 1980 to late 1989.

Conway Twitty and Alabama are tied with 4 concerts for the most trips to Augusta in the 1980s. Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson are tied at in second place with 3 shows 1980s each.

  1. October 28, 1989 - George Strait
  2. July 28, 1989 - Hank Williams Jr.
  3. November 24, 1988 - Conway Twitty
  4. December 27, 1987 - Aerosmith with special guests Dokken
  5. November 19, 1987 - The Oak Ridge Boys
  6. September 27, 1987 - Conway Twitty
  7. September 25, 1987 - Tom Jones
  8. July 24, 1987 - Wayne Newton
  9. July 23, 1987 - Willie Nelson
  10. April 30, 1987 - Merle Haggard
  11. January 17, 1987 - David Lee Roth with special guests Tesla
  12. September 18, 1986 - Alabama
  13. August 6, 1986 - Conway Twitty
  14. July 12, 1986 - Willie Nelson
  15. October 6, 1985 - Bryan Adams
  16. September 29, 1985 - Alabama
  17. August 25, 1985 - Kenny Rogers
  18. July 30, 1985 - Jerry Lee Lewis
  19. June 21 and 22, 1985 - Willie Nelson
  20. October 11 and 12, 1984 - The Grateful Dead
  21. July 29, 1984 - Tom Jones
  22. July 28, 1984 - .38 Special with special guests Night Ranger
  23. May 30, 1984 - The Beach Boys
  24. April 29, 1984 - Alabama
  25. April 10 and 11, 1984 - John Denver
  26. August 27, 1983 - Sha Na Na
  27. August 15, 1983 - Loverboy with special guests Quiet Riot
  28. June 25, 1983 - Alabama
  29. May 21, 1983 - Conway Twitty
  30. March 4, 1983 - Aerosmith
  31. February 8, 1983 - Johnny Cash
  32. November 24, 1982 - Kenny Rogers
  33. October 8, 1982 - Liberace
  34. December 27, 1981 - Blue Öyster Cult with special guests The Joe Perry Project
  35. June 3, 1981 - Kenny Rogers
  36. August 29, 1980 - The J. Geils Band
  37. July 2, 1980 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  38. May 14, 1980 - Cheap Trick
  39. April 11, 1980 - Judy Collins

My favorite concert on this list has to be the historic appearance by The Grateful Dead. It is hailed by many a Deadhead as one of the best nights evah!

Here's a an absolutely beautiful Uncle John's Band from the Augusta show. Yeah, the video is wicked grainy but we'll let that slide because the audio quality is pretty damn sweet.

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