In my younger & more vulnerable years, I spent many, many nights & practically all of my dollars on live music, and to this day my favorite venue of all time is the 9:30 Club . Josh was always a part of every show there, making sure the crowd surfers didn’t eat shit, breaking up pits before they turned into fights, pulling someone out if he saw they were about to faint from dehydration… he was a big reason behind the magic that makes that space pulse with the energy of millions of kids seeing their music idols live. You feel it in the walls & the floors & the dilapidated bathrooms.
I remember specifically one night going to go see the Pietasters, racing somebody up the street in a cherry swing dress, tripping on some crumbled sidewalk & scraping my knee all to hell. Josh took me inside, bandaged me up, talked to me for a bit & even checked in with me during & after the show to see if I needed anything else. I still have a small scar from that night, and will always remember his genuine kindness & caring for a strange girl whenever I look at it now.
Rest In Peace Josh Burdette, you were a good man & will always have a special place in my thoughts. You’re one of the every day heroes that make moments richer & memories fonder.