Calling all BBQ and weirdo house aficionados! The famed Dirtybird crew is making their way to Denver on Saturday, September 12th to satisfy both of your cravings. The San Francisco-based house and techno label will grill its way into the hearts and stomachs of Coloradans for the first Dirtybird BBQ the state has seen.
The Denver Broncos won’t be in town for this Dirtybird takeover, but the “birds” certainly will. Held on the familiar stomping grounds of the tailgating spot for football fans in the parking lot of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Dirtybird BBQ will be in full force with familiar antics; just add a heaping tablespoon of funk. Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Worthy, Justin Jay, Mark Starr and Too $hort will come together to create the sauciest Saturday the Rocky Mountains have ever sampled. These fresh birds are a rare treat when it comes to the usual electronic prospects to come through the area. Never have Coloradoan house fans had such a reason to rejoice and revel until the release of this prime line-up.
Claude VonStroke, the owner of the Dirtybird record label, is renowned for his flavor-blasting house and techno. VonStroke, aka Barclay Crenshaw, started the label with brothers and producers Justin & Christian Martin in 2005. Since then Claude has been producing a unique type of house only a dirty genius can create. He grew up in Detroit, the mecca of house music, and later moved to Los Angeles where he soon infiltrated the music scene there. His 2006 single “Who’s Afraid of Detroit” put his funky sound on the map and established his name as a house legend; he will be sure to set the BBQ on fire.
Hailing out of San Francisco, Justin Martin is likely to spin a set much like Vonstroke’s in uniqueness, but undeniably has a one-of-a-kind style. Martin will hit you with a mellow, melodic vibe but will get the place jumping up and down and grooving to the ground with his upbeat singles and remixes. With these two artists on the lineup, the BBQ is a must go for anyone who enjoys musical style not like anything ever heard. The creators of the Dirtybird label are expected to bring the freshness, as is the rest of the crew who is spinning the day of the feast.
The lone female of the group, J.Phlip, is set to bring some of the darkest, raw techno the lineup has to offer. Her set at the BBQ will take you on a heavy, yet bouncy, adventure. Mixed with the sweet aroma of burgers, hotdogs, and wings, her set will be pleasing to all of your senses. Another artist on the lineup that has been known to bring the dark, old school house vibe to the dance floor and studios is Worthy. One of four to join VonStroke and the Martin brothers to create the Dirtybird label, Worthy is one of distinctive sound. Described by Carl Cox as a new wave of house music, and bringing his soul to the desert city of Burning Man, Worthy will cause you to shake your booty into the realms of house music.
Justin Jay, a 22 year-old house producer based out of Los Angeles is the youngest of the Dirtybird crew, but with his jazz roots mixed into his progressive thinking-unique house style, you’d swear that he’s an old and wise house prodigy. Lastly, Mark Starr is a perfect fit to get the BBQ started with his mixture of tech house, electro house, and techno there is no other way I would rather begin my hot dog eating marathon. Also joining the birdhouse for this special day is California-based rapper, Too $hort. If you are familiar with the hip-hop scene, Too $hort is definitely a household name. If you haven’t heard of him you should know that he’s collaborated with 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. during the height of their careers. This addition to the BBQ adds a spicy kick of lyrical madness to this tasteful house gathering.
The Dirtybird BBQ has already smothered the cities of Portland and Seattle in its second tour across the states. In mid-August, the “birds” will venture to Chicago and Brooklyn before landing in Denver for the Rocky Mountain take-over. The crew has added a thought-provoking stop that is “TBA” on their dates- the day after the Denver BBQ on the final day of the tour. Wherever that show may be, we know for a fact that September 12th will be a day Colorado remembers.
Written By: Melanie Gordon