I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that after living in San Francisco for close to two years, I finally made it to my first dirtybird show in the city. Every three months or so, the dirtybird crew holds their quarterly party and this quarter’s was held at the San Francisco staple Mezzanine with Claude VonStroke (pictured above), Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Leroy Peppers, Worthy and J.Phlip. I had heard so much about their parties that I was somewhat afraid it wouldn’t hold up to my lofty expectations. Luckily those fears were completely unwarranted.
The first thing I noticed when getting to there was that this was by far the longest line I have ever seen at this venue. It is a testament to the support that the dirtybird crew has gained over the past few years, especially in their hometown. I think it’s worth nothing that the show was also only $5 if you arrived before 11pm which would have been insane if the show was even just one of them, let alone all six. It was just one of the many ways that the dirtybird crew showed that the only thing they care about is listening to good music and having a good time with friends.
The atmosphere in the venue was unreal with the artists playing on what amounted to a fold-up table on the floor, not some DJ booth or stage high above the event-goers. It seemed as if they wanted to enjoy the show in the crowd just as much as the crowd wanted to enjoy it with them. Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke got the crowd going with their deep house grooves followed by Kill Frenzy (pictured below) who got several booties clapping–incidentally, there were numerous Make That Booty Clap t-shirts scattered throughout the crowd.
All of it came together to create one of the best parties I have been to in recent memory and it’s safe to say I’m going to do my best to never miss another dirtybird quarterly party as long as I’m alive and kicking.