In 2005, Barclay Crenshaw took on the moniker Claude VonStroke and helped create what is now known today as the “dirtybird.”

Dirtybird is a record label, a player among a crew of like-minded folks, a sound that is in and of it’s own. Dirtybird, I daresay, is a way of life, at least in regard to music.

The sound vibe is bass influenced house. Signature sounds of dirtybird music include pitched down vocal samples, low-toned “uhs” and staccato beats. A dirtybird song may be easily spotted as a piece of the genre, but is undeniably in a league of its own.

VonStroke, along with fellow DJs Justin and Christian Martin and Justin’s roommate Worthy, gathered together with a sound system and began playing shows at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Dirtybird players are a group of friends. At a dirtybird show, you feel like you are their friend too.

Last year, VonStroke released and toured for his album Urban Animal, which I was so moved by I wrote a review.

Check out this Dirtybird Players video (presented by Mixmag) to get the vibe. It features Catz ‘n’ Dogz, and Justin Martin b2b with Eats Everything, but I skipped ahead to the VonStroke section, just for you.

Or if you want to just take a listen.

Presented by After Dark Entertainment and Factory Nightlife, VonStroke returns to Buffalo this time at the Waiting Room, with local support from Just Dubbs, Paul Kuenzi, and DJ Slappie.

After Dark and Factory Nightlife present: Claude VonStroke
Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.)
Doors at 9 p.m. | $20 at the door
See Facebook event page for more information.