“If you're lucky enough to be here . . . you're lucky enough” is the saying on the beer koozies for sale casually displayed across the bar at Vaughan's Lounge. Vaughan's sits on the corner of Lesseps and Dauphine in the residential Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. It is often described as a “dive bar” but also functions as a music venue, sports bar, dance club, or an extension of your living room if you live nearby. Vaughan's was established as a bar by Weebo and Laurel Vaughan in 1959 and has been owned by Cindy Wood since 1981. She continues to run the cash-only establishment with “Big Chris” Songy, her partner and a Ninth Ward native. Although Vaughan's is many things for many people, it is most famously the place to be for live music on Thursday nights. Corey Henry and Tremé Funktet have been the resident...
“Lucky Enough”: The Music and Stories That Make Vaughan's Lounge, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
NATALIE BLAUSTONE-DYE is a PhD candidate in Tulane University's interdisciplinary City, Culture, and Community program. Her research focuses on issues in urban sociology, gig labor, political economy, identity, and arts and culture. She began working at Vaughan's Lounge in 2016 and can still be found behind the bar every Thursday night.
Natalie Blaustone-Dye; “Lucky Enough”: The Music and Stories That Make Vaughan's Lounge, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Jazz and Culture 1 December 2022; 5 (2): 79–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/25784773.5.2.06
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