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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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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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.