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Saturday, October 15, 2016

#2478 - Vaughan's, New Orleans - 3/22/2014

Vaughn's, New Orleans, LA
The legendary Kermit Ruffins gigs here ended in August of 2013, but the jazz still flows on Thursday nights (and only Thursday nights, by virtue of an agreement with the residential neighbors). On other days, if the door is locked you can ring the buzzer to have someone let you in.

Of the 20 years when Ruffins held court here the Times-Picayune notes: 'Such celebrities as Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, members of the Rolling Stones, and Harry Connick Jr. -- who played nearly an entire set on piano one night, wearing a T-shirt and jeans -- turned up to sit in with Ruffins and his combo, the Barbecue Swingers. The first-season premiere episode of HBO's "Treme" featured a scene in which Elvis Costello shows up at Vaughan's to hear Ruffins. Basin Street Records released a live album recorded at the club that was as loose and raw as the show.' (gonola)

Vaughn's, New Orleans, LA
Night+Day New Orleans added, "With a swaggering style and a mission to make people dance, Ruffins plays like the reincarnation of Louis Armstrong. A sweaty crowd of young and old, black and white, crams into Vaughan's, singing along and shaking to the beat until the band goes home. Get there early to sample Ruffins' barbecue, which he cooks on a grill that he keeps in the back of his truck."

I'm sorry I missed them -- I mean, just listen to a few samples of cuts off of Live At Vaughan's. But this is still a lovely bar. Thursday nights have been taken over by Corey Henry and the Great Treme Funktet. On the the 3rd Friday of each month, drag queens take over. And on any afternoon you can enjoy its grand, ramshackle charm.

Charles and Edith from England -- Edith to be married in
half an hour, Charles her father, at Vaughns in New Orleans

4229 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117 - (504) 947-5562
Est. 1959
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