Vaughan Brothers Memorial
October 3, 2021
Kiest Park, Oak Cliff, TX
Review and Photos by Nancy Barker
Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembered On His 67th Birthday!
October 3rd, @ Kiest Park, in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, friends and fans alike gathered for the monument dedication to Oak Cliff’s own Vaughan Brothers, Jimmie and Stevie Ray, just a few miles away from their childhood home.
The hot afternoon was kicked off with words from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson who gave some history on the Vaughan Brothers and distinguish locations in the neighborhood. He then turned the proceedings over to blues man, Jimmie Vaughan, who shared some stories about Stevie Ray and his upbringing while members of the Vaughan family and friends looked on. Good memories and laughed were shared among the crowd. A notable day as October 3rd would have been Stevie’s 67th birthday, as Jimmie lead the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to his younger brother.
Buddy Magazine Editor and filmmaker, Kirby Warnock, spoke about the fundraising, donors the steps it took for the creation of Vaughan Brother's monument. Mr Warnock deserves major credit for the monument as he alone pushed this through back in 2018 to the City of Dallas to support the effort to honor the Vaughan Brothers and also raised money for the artwork, hoping it would be unveiled that year.
The crowd was peppered with guitar players such as; Austin Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr, local heroes Danny Sanches, long time friend of the Vaughan Brothers and played with The Gentlemen (1967-1968) and Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute) guitarist, Tommy Katona. Also covering this event were long time Dallas Rock Radio DJs, Lonestar 92.5 morning show, Bo & Jim with their side-kick Randy James who was conducting interviews. And of course the great Jimmie Vaughan who graciously played "Six Strings Down", a dedication to his late brother Stevie Ray. As you can imagine, many waited around to greet Jimmie for pictures and autographs. A nice way to spend a sunny, hot afternoon in Texas showing praise to hometown legends.