Joe Bear was Stage Manager for Harkness Ballet in the 70s; we dancers never thought about thanking those Muscle Guys who got our theater cases in our particular dressing room, set-up and broke down many a set, packed, drove to the next theater many a time. We dancers had to do nothing but prance in, get dressed, made-up, and then fly onto that other planet that was the stage. Our precious Muscle Guys made life a dream for us while they did the heavy-duty underground work that made it all happen.
Joe Bear speaks with the voice of a man who’s seen it all and simply, without hypocrisy, gives us listeners a gift: his stories. They are varied and uncensored because that’s the way he really is… a true, raunchy, comedic, regular, caring guy.
Through the exquisite range of vocal expressions (Joe travels easily from deep bassy baritone to high c tenor) this Bear critter breathes his lives to us with an invitation, “Come on and play too!”
I can only share raunchy jokes with a chosen, close few. Joe tucks us up silly with an endearing intimacy, unique softness of heart wrapped up in a dark cloud of powerful, clean male energy. As he plays and sings his stories to us, something universal resonates… and there’s his draw. We all become kinfolk. We get to hear it the way it was and the way it is from a man who has been there. His songs run free, wild and true but there’s a sense of closure to his tales. Joe Bear is there, inside the scene, and he takes you with him all the way!
p.s. Joe Bear attributes the name Joe Muscles to Harkness Vet Linda Bogsrud Green