Ohio Here Is Why Artists Don’t Come Back 

This tour has been wonderful. Truly to do this on my own has provided such an insight into how we can really transmute any situation or circumstances into the best possible way to evolve ourselves and so in doing that you’ll have actually the most fun. Even just by yourself in a room doing nothing, feels like some lost symphony of opportunity. 
Tour managing myself. Being my own roadie. Settling up. Getting myself to the next place and rested and ready to perform and with a great attitude about it. 
That’s what I do. And I take great pride in it. I think I’m doing a remarkable and excellent job of it. 
And everywhere I’ve gone the response has been the same. Overwhelming enthusiasm and glowing reviews about an excellent and even sometimes inspired night. 
Everywhere 

But one. 
Which one. Hmmm lemme see ?
Yep
Ohio. 

Ohio
Ohio 

You love of mine. You infinite bully. That place where I’d always listen to the train run away with my imagination off into impossible distance too breathtaking to imagine. But I’d go there. 

Ohio

Isn’t only where I was born but also my imagination. 

And I suppose the real mother and father for my disdain for all things conventional. 

Ohio progressive enough to give the freaks a little room to move but not much. Turns out not much at all. 

Hey Ohio. 

Fuck you ⛄️😘
My manager over the phone

“Hey sir. How’s it going?”

” good sir I’m excellent how are you?”

“I’m good I’m good.. everything go alright last night?”

“Yeah it was fine. Why?”

“Well I’m getting some really odd reports from the club. Apparently some people were offended and the club is accusing you of being on drugs”

Shocked

“What? That doesn’t really make sense. It was a good show. People were raving afterwards. Even people from the club were talking about how good the response was and commenting on just how much people were raving. One guy who said it was his first time seeing me, compared me favorably to Lemme and sorta saying I rocked that hard. 

In fact my main foil of the night was an old heckler who was laughing it up with me after the show and we hugged like three times. 

As I greeted everyone respectfully and held myself and others in high esteem and regard all night. Didn’t even smoke weed before the show. Let alone drink or any drugs. Don’t do none of that now and wouldn’t even consider it. 
Which is why I take great offense to the implication The Music Box in Cleveland came at my manager with today. 
To accuse a performer to be on drugs because they buck convention is absurd. 

The fact that that still goes on in Ohio is an outrage. 

And I deeply hope that anyone who enjoyed that show last night 
Defends me here and let’s this club know that they support and defend the artist in this case and join my outrage of this accusation, which serves to rob the cultural landscape of Ohio from progressive artists such as myself. Why would I come back to be treated this way? Where everywhere else I go, I’m received with a kind openness and love which seems rare. 
Do you people want anything vaguely interesting in art and music anymore???
Do all rough edges simply need to be faded out?
Must we all drone on into some bored mediocrity where by nothing happens and people are just left be comfortable in their numb state waiting for oblivion. Sorry I’m not going out like that. 
Ohio

Here is why artists don’t come back. Here’s the behind the scenes knife in the back. 
Music Box. You owe me a deep apology. Ohio you owe me defense. Or maybe you don’t owe me nothing at all. But that extends both ways. Namaste. 

9 Comments on “Ohio Here Is Why Artists Don’t Come Back 

  1. Spiritual warfare comes in all forms. You start being bold about God and the attacks come from all kinds of people who are merely tools in a battle they don’t understand. Keep fighting the good fight.

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  2. Joseph – I did not see you last night in Ohio, but one of our mutual friends did – and she said you were brilliant and funny. I saw you in Virginia a few nights ago, and I would say the same thing. I brought a friend to the show who had never seen you before – in fact, he was a total newcomer to your music. He’s a tough dude to please, and he came away loving your show – so much so, that he now plays bits of “A Smile That Explodes” on his acoustic guitar for yoga classes.

    Personally, I think some people have expectations of what concerts should be like, and if that ideal gets deviated from in any way, people with those expectations get turned off.

    I have seen you perform a few times now – and one of the main reasons I come is not necessarily for the songs – it is for you and the spirit you bring to the stage. Your shows are very spontaneous and often a little rough around the edges, which is just the way I like it – you are a human being up there – not a marionette with a set list. I think the marionette is what some of your Ohio showgoers wanted, and thank the good Lord that you don’t give it to them.

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  3. I’m really disappointed to read the club responded to you like that. I was there, and I can attest that they are slinging a pretty uncool, uppity and unwarranted accusation. You are a creative force, but did nothing out of order! Don’t let them chase you away, and remember they are not the voice of Cleveland! We were so happy to have you come play here, don’t let the turkeys get you down!

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  4. Wish I was there! I would love to witness more of the transformation in expression – when it comes to music.

    Sorry, you played for the numbs. But it’s your journey, your rules. Enjoy!

    Do your thing ’cause obviously, God wants you here.

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  5. I hope this experience doesn’t affect the annual Thanksgiving Eve show in Akron, where Joe is showered with unconditional love and adoration. Seriously.

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  6. I’m really disappointed to read the club responded to you like that. I was there, and I can attest that they are slinging a pretty uncool, uppity and unwarranted accusation. You are a creative force, but did nothing out of order! You emoted! You shared yourself with us! Both are beautiful things. Don’t let them chase you away, and remember they are not the voice of Cleveland. So happy to have you come play here, don’t let the turkeys get you down!

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