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Claude VonStroke


In this day and age of music cross-pollination, Claude VonStroke sits at the forefront of all that is good, proper and most importantly, fun. He is just the same at home remixing Kenny Larkin or London Grammar as he is dropping multiple underground hits. DJ wise, his relentless touring of every major city, festival and basement after-party around the world has only enriched this unique perspective on music.

Raised in Detroit and now based in Venice Beach, Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias “Claude VonStroke” in 2005 and went on to become one of the most well respected label owners and DJs in dance music. His first release, ‘Deep Throat’ was a hit putting his imprint on the decks of DJs around the globe. But the real breakthrough came with double-header ‘The Whistler/Who’s Afraid of Detroit?.’ The 12” cemented Claude’s reputation as a producer to be reckoned with, crossing borders, genres and musical ears and is now known as one of the classic dance releases of the decade.

Since then, VonStroke has released three original artist albums, a remix album and several high profile mix compilations. Highlights include a collaboration with the legendary P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins as well as a few number #1 & #2 hits on Beatport. Most importantly, VonStroke has kept it original, fun and funky.

As the owner of the record label, DIRTYBIRD, VonStroke also built an impeccable A&R roster signing (and even naming some) acts like Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore, Catz n Dogz, Riva Starr, Tim Green, Breach, Eats Everything, Justin Jay & Shiba San well before they broke out of their hometown scenes. Today, the DIRTYBIRD label continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene, releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica. Staying true to Crenshaw’s Detroit heritage, DIRTYBIRD donates 10% of its profits to a children’s music school in Detroit.

A lot of the success of DIRTYBIRD and VonStroke can be attributed to a good attitude. Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he truly loves his fans. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their ass and have fun. Catch him play at numerous festivals, clubs or even better at his legendary DIRTYBIRD BBQ series of outdoor events.

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Artist Events

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Tribaltech Evolution

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kaballah Festival

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

St Paul, MN

Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Madison, WI

Alliant Energy Center

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Chicago, IL

Navy Pier

Friday, October 16, 2015

Grand Rapids, MI

Deltaplex Arena & Conference Center

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Toronto, ON

Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place

Monday, October 19, 2015

Philadelphia, PA

The Fillmore - Philly

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Philadelphia, PA

The Fillmore - Philly

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Washington DC, DC


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Washington DC, DC


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Houston, TX

Something Wicked

Saturday, October 24, 2015

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tacoma, WA


Saturday, October 31, 2015

San Bernardino, CA

Escape - Psycho Circus

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Orlando, FL

EDC Orlando

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Stereosonic - Sydney

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