Afroman sued (on 4/20) for allegedly forgetting to perform at Columbus club

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Rapper Afroman, known for his stoner hip-hop hit “Because I Got High,” has been sued in Franklin County Municipal Court, accused of standing up a North Side bar for an April 9 concert.

The owners of The Patio at the Continent say they booked Afroman, whose legal name is Joseph Foreman, for the show in February. A week later, Afroman’s representatives tried to move the show back to May 2011, but the club owners declined.

A press release emailed to media outlets Wednesday morning from attorneys representing the club and a concert promoter makes copious references to marijuana, pointing out helpfully that Afroman’s discography includes such classics as “Sell Your Dope,” “Drunk ‘n’ High,” “Waiting to Inhale,” and the clever “Frobama: Head of State.” But he’s most famous for – and received a 2002 Grammy nomination for – “Because I Got High.”

“We set a date and signed a contract. I even sent the deposit to Afroman himself, right away,” the release quotes Nathan Pettry, a concert promoter and one of the plaintiffs, as saying. “They must have just forgotten about our show.”

Afroman needed to look no further than his Facebook page for a reminder of the concert; the promotional poster is on the rapper’s wall.

Pettry and the club are asking for less than $15,000 in damages, including a return of the $1,000 deposit paid to Afroman to secure his appearance.