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Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Blues Jam and Workshop

Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:25 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2010 at 3:26 a.m.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Rock'N Blues Guitars & Music in Victoria will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Texas guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan with a Memorial Blues Jam & Workshop on Friday at 1704 ½ Airline Road, across the street from the Victoria Fire Department.

Born in 1954 in Dallas, Vaughan played in various high school bands before moving to Austin in 1972, according to his official biography. Vaughan formed Double Trouble in the late 1970s and soon attracted attention from David Bowie and Jackson Browne. He ended up playing on albums with both musicians. His debut album was the critical smash "Texas Flood" and Double Trouble's subsequent albums, "Couldn't Stand the Weather," and "Soul to Soul" did even better.

Vaughan died Aug. 27, 1990, after a Wisconsin concert when the helicopter he boarded crashed only moments later.

Starting at 5 p.m., owner Sean Christiansen will offer a series of workshops to teach beginners how to start in the blues and advanced players how to play better, so everyone can participate in the jam.

At 7 p.m., the live music will start, featuring a mix of live performances of some of the best of Vaughan's music and open blues jams with local musicians and aspiring musicians. The event is free and open to the public, and players of all skill levels are welcome.

For more information, call Rock'N Blues at 361-485-2251.

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