Legendary Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan Set to Perform with University of Texas 385-Piece Longhorn Band on Thanksgiving Day Halftime Festivities
Unprecedented Appearance Wraps Up a Top-Shelf Year for Grammy-Winning Austin Bluesman
Austin TX – The University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Band Director, Scott Hanna, announced today that Grammy-winning blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will perform with the Longhorn Band during halftime at the Texas vs. Texas Tech football game at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.
“We are excited beyond words about this opportunity to perform with Jimmie Vaughan and to show that Austin is the ‘Live Music Capital of the World.’ For our students, this is an incredible opportunity to connect with their Texas musical heritage through a living legend,” exclaimed Hanna.
The performance marks the first time a popular musician has played with the band during a halftime performance.
The Longhorn Band will perform a medley of Vaughan’s hits before Jimmie and his Fender Stratocaster guitar join them on the field to “sit-in with the band.”
“I’ve been asked to perform with a lot of great bands in my life, but this is definitely the biggest, and probably one of the most exciting,” said Vaughan. “It doesn’t get any more Texas than this.”
Tickets for the UT/Texas Tech game may be purchased at TexasSports.com.
The recognition of one of Austin’s hometown musical heroes caps off an extraordinary year for Vaughan, who was honored by both the Texas House and Senate when he was named the Texas State Musician for 2015.
In addition, Vaughan accepted the honor of induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame on behalf of his late brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan. During the musical portion of the induction ceremony, Vaughan lead a blistering guitar-slinger’s set and was joined onstage by John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark, Jr. and Stevie’s Double Trouble bandmates.