25 years since death: Stevie Ray Vaughan 25 Years

Published: August 29, 2015

25 years since death: Stevie Ray Vaughan 25 Years, We are still a long way off from having that Stevie Ray Vaughan-Jimmie Vaughan tribute take root in Kiest Park, Dallas’ first monument to the guitar greats from Oak Cliff.

Kay Kallos, the public art program manager in the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, guesstimates that if all goes according to plan the monument will make its bow some time in the summer of 2017. But there is much work to be done, beginning with the raising of money to fund the artwork. Hence the September 3 fundraiser at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, headlined by Jim Suhler, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Carolyn Wonderland; all proceeds will go toward Kirby Warnock’s Vaughan Brothers art project. There will also be items up for auction, among them Fenders signed by Eric Clapton and Steve Miller and a CD autographed by Jackson Browne, who sang “Amazing Grace” with Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt at Stevie’s Laurel Land funeral 25 years ago come Sunday.

In May the Dallas City Council signed off on spending $142,000 on the piece. About half of that ($74,000) comes from 2006 bond funds long ago carved out for a piece in the park just blocks from the Vaughans’ childhood home. Warnock, the former Buddy editor who has made it his life’s mission to correct Dallas’ inexplicable oversight, is responsible for collecting the other $68,000 — $28,000 of which will go toward the piece, with the rest going toward maintenance. Warnock says this morning there’s about $20,000 in the bank, “and I have three, four people who have pledged to donate checks at the event on September 3, and if they come through as promised, it will put us at $34,000, halfway there.”

But Kallos says this morning that Warnock just needs the $28,000 in hand to get going on the project.

“We only need to have the commitment for the commission of the artwork in hand,” she says, since the other $40,000 is for future maintenance. “We’re ready to go now! But we don’t want to advertise it as a commission without having that money.”

Kallos says she expects to kickstart the process some time in September, with “a community meeting to let everyone know this is officially moving forward.” Then, she says, this is how the process is expected to play out.

25 years since death: Stevie Ray Vaughan 25 Years


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