I agree with everything you said, but first, let me give you props for making it through the Marine Corp, that is no joke, and for using it as a stepping stone to improve your life,
It used to bother me too when people complained about, venue, crowd, lighting anything but the music. Like you, i have been to all types of venues to hear this music. Some I like better than others. That night i had just come from hearing Snoop at the armory and maybe my sensiblities were corrupted. LOL.
I look forward to meeting you too, i love talking about growing up in Chicago, btw, i also used the military to get out of Chi and come here for more opportunity... peace mark