Video of Stevie Ray Vaughan Live in D.C. circa 1983? … Wow

This one’s a good one from YouTube and it’s a little more contemporary, but given the artist in the video, I find this significant and musically historical.

Stevie Ray Vaughan himself, was live in the nation’s capital on December 27th, 1983. The venue was a place called the Wax Museum at 4th and E St. NW. Side note … he made his D.C. debut at the legendary Bayou on K St. in Georgetown. I’ll find some good posts on that place since it witnessed some pretty big acts (before they were big).

Were you at this show … or know someone that was? Add a comment below and tell us about it.

Here’s the setlist from that night:

Set 1
Testify – (The Isley Brothers cover)
Shake ‘N’ Bake
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
Mary Had a Little Lamb – (Buddy Guy cover)
Texas Flood
Boot Hill
Love Struck Baby
Tin Pan Alley
Rude Mood
Hide Away – (Freddie King cover)
Pride And Joy

Set 2
Hardcore Electric Texas Blues
Shake ‘N’ Bake
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
The Things (That) I Used to Do – (Guitar Slim cover)
Boot Hill Play Video
Mary Had a Little Lamb Play Video – (Buddy Guy cover)
Tell Me – (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
Tin Pan Alley
Little Wing / Third Stone From the Sun Play Video – (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)

How Long? – (with Bob Margolin)
Honey Bee – (with Bob Margolin)
Close To You – (with Bob Margolin)
Instrumental – (with Bob Margolin)

Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) … we lost you too soon.

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan

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  • Mar T

    Any Stevie Ray posters for the event?

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  • david fielding

    Yeh, I was at this show. The Wax Museum was one of my favorite DC music venues of all time, 4th & D SW. Me and my buddy, Bill H. went there all the time… had this purple card that got us in for $5-6 any show. There was a another bar right through the side door if you wanted some quiet time. SRV was a good friend of Bill’s, (both being Native American), so we guest-listed. My memory of the actual show is vague (result of some strong Tequila/OJ’s). Blew a tire on a curb a couple blocks from his house, slept on his sofa, hungover big time. Sidenote: Got a call in the a.m. that my preying mantis branch hatched in the office I shared w/ my boss (hundreds of them).

    SRV would walk through the audience playing (an early-adopter of the wireless jack). Bob Margolin was a DC native, I believe, prolly lived in TakPark. I’d seen him a few times back in the early 80s. I recall another SRV show at UMD Student Union maybe a year later?? Bill led him through the crowd. When SRV died, it killed him… literally. Alcohol and Indians deadly combo.

  • twangirl

    I was at this show. WHFS was all over his Texas Flood album so we were all excited to see Stevie Ray. It had snowed a few inches that day and you know how DC gets when it snows…we were stunned that the crowd was pretty small. But that didn’t stop Stevie & Double Trouble from giving us a fantastic show. The Wax Museum was actually at 4th & E Sts SW, near L’Enfant Plaza, and they got some great acts in the brief time it was there…BB King, Tina Turner, Eurythmics, Gang of 4, Al Di Meola, to name just a few.

  • Robbie White

    I was at the Wax Museum show