Backstage at an Arc Angels show with Charlie Sexton, David Gogo, and the blind date I never saw again

By Steve Newton

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Here’s a photo that was taken backstage at the 86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver on July 22, 1992. It was after a show by the Arc Angels, a bluesy band from Austin that featured guitarist-vocalists Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II along with Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s old rhythm section, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton.

The week before the show I’d interviewed Sexton and Bramhall, who were both 23 at the time, so I figured it was only polite of me to weasel my way backstage after the gig and say howdy.

Nanaimo blues-rocker and verified friend-of-the-Newt David Gogo was back there too, so I stuck the arm that wasn’t holding a Bud around him. Sexton–the guy with the cheekbones–took it upon himself to put his arm around the quite stunning young woman I’d brought to the show on a blind date set up through a Georgia Straight personals ad. I never saw her again, so she doesn’t qualify as a verified friend-of-the-Newt.

Just as well, I guess, since I met my wife-to-be in ’93, and it’ll be 20 years of marriage next year.

I met her through a Georgia Straight personals ad as well. Those things deliver!

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