Dear people and city of Dayton,
Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the show at Blind Bob’s on Friday! It was my first full show in Dayton in 3 years. I will be doing full shows more often. Dayton has always shown me love, and I have given back with love of my own. I will now commence in explaining my relationship with Dayton, and why it makes me very happy to be back doing full shows there.
Starting from my beginning, I was born in Dayton on January 19th, 1979. I grew up in Oxford, and have lived here from the time I was 5, aside from 2 years in Orlando in high school, and my 9 month hiatus to Chicago, but Dayton has always been great to me!
I started performing in Dayton in 2005, shortly after my success building a following in Oxford. My first show in Dayton, I went to Wright State University and U of Dayton to pass out demos. I think I handed out 500-600 demos between the two campi (campuses; I just pretend that the plural of anything ending in “us” is “i” sometimes, like “cacti”). It worked, as 30-40 people came to see me at Elbo’s! I consistently drew crowds about that size for the next several shows as I handed out 300-400 demos for each show. I was definitely spending more money promoting the shows than I was getting paid to play them, but I was having a wonderful time!
I also performed at a house party where I signed an acoustic guitar and gave it to the birthday boy. That too was very fun, as the house was pretty packed!
Gradually, my following declined, and maybe 2 years later I moved to Chicago to jump start my music career. It backfired, and you can read more about that in other posts, but after I came back from Chicago, I went on my Do What You Love tour in the summer of 2009. I performed on a Wednesday night at Oregon Express as part of the Buddha Den concert series.
Definitely a highlight of the tour!
I’ve spent the last 3 years really focusing on rebuilding something in Dayton, performing at the open mic nights at South Park Tavern and Blind Bob’s at least 30 times between the venues, plus a handful of open mikes at One Eyed Jack’s and even one at a coffee shop. I’ve run into some of my old fans from the Elbo’s days during the process, and made some new fans as well.
I tried multiple times to book shows in Dayton over the past couple of years, and I was finally able to do so recently, thanks to Vanity Theft, and my friend Brandon at Blind Bob’s. I had been wanting to see Vanity Theft in person for a while, so I was definitely excited about opening for them. I also checked out Good Sir Con Artist and Belle Histoire before playing and liked what I heard. The entire lineup was very good, and I’m glad I got to be a part of it.
The show was definitely success! I made some new fans, and had some existing fans come see me. I also sold a couple of t-shirts. I will absolutely be coming back. With a little help, I’ll be having a CD release party for M” in October there during the 20 year anniversary of when I started rapping.
Thank you Dayton for all of the love. I reciprocate the feeling.
Love and respect,