What could be more Austin-centric than pairing UT football with a local guitar star? Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will take the field with the University of Texas Longhorn band during halftime of the University of Texas’ football game with Texas Tech on Thanksgiving.
It’s the first time a hometown pop music performer has performed with the band as part of its halftime show. Similar occasions may follow in the coming year as the UT athletics department looks to draw more local music into its events.
“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,” said Scott Hanna, director of the UT Marching Band. “For our students, this is an incredible opportunity to connect with their Texas musical heritage through a living legend.”
Vaughan is wrapping up his yearlong tenure as the official Texas State Musician, and last week headlined the annual “Help Clifford Help Kids” benefit at ACL Live. He’ll also perform Dec. 4 in Zilker Park at “Night Lights,” the official preview party for the Trail of Lights to benefit the Trail of Lights Foundation.