San Francisco and the greater Bay Area – who’s hungry? I’m not just talking about good eats, I’m talking about good beats. Any fan of House music living in Northern California undoubtedly knows about the Dirtybird crew and if you REALLY know your shit then you know all about the history of the Dirtybird BBQ. The Dirtybird Record label, founded by Claude VonStroke and brothers Justin & Christian Martin, has a long history in San Francisco. Dirtybird used to have a small get together that started 13 years ago in Golden Gate Park called the Dirtybird BBQ. Since the beginning the Dirtybird BBQ had the same core line-ups and even the same chef, Grillson. Three years ago the free party in the park became too big and the Dirtybird team had their permit pulled; the city of San Francisco could no longer handle the amount of people showing up to the event. But the innovative Dirtybird clan, now running one of the most successful record labels in the non-mainstream area of dance music, has figured out ways keep the party alive. Claude, Christian, and Justin have been throwing one-off Dirtybird BBQs around the country and they even released their Dirtybird BBQ compilation this February which is a great collection of fun booty-shakin House tracks. Even better? This Summer the Dirtybird team has been taking their Dirtybird BBQ on the road around North America. Co-Founder Brian was on hand to enjoy the Brooklyn stop, and I’m chomping at the bit to get over to Treasure Island on Sunday September 14th for the San Francisco edition.
In just two weeks residents from around NorCal will have the pleasure of traveling to the middle of the Bay for eight hours of culinary and musical arts. Dirtybird’s key players Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, J. Phlip, and Worthy will be manning the decks, with a sure shot for us to see other special guests from the label’s community (especially since we’ll have home field advantage). I’ve seen all but Worthy live and I can say with pure confidence everyone in attendance will be having fun and shakin’ their rumps. I’m even more excited to check out Treasure Island for the first time since I’ve moved to the West Coast – a location that houses countless musical events, including Treasure Island Music Festival, and sits right in the middle of the Bay between Oakland and San Francisco. I know for a fact this event is going to be one you need to make it to, whether you’re familiar with the Dirtybird crew or not. I expect to see lots of smiles, lots of dancing, and lots of grease stains. At this point most of the tickets have been snagged up and I expect the SF edition of the BBQ to be sold out so make sure you go over and GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Check out Claude VonStoke’s newest single “CaliFuture” below and the amazing video that goes with it. After that, check out our playlist of 30 handpicked songs to get you ready for Dirtybird BBQ San Francisco!