When daydreaming about the backyard barbecue, images of lush lawns, tossing the pigskin and dad donning his “Kiss the Chef” apron likely come to mind. Throw that all out the window because in Vegas, things are done a little differently. For the first year ever, the Dirtybird BBQ will hit Downtown Las Vegas for a daylong dance party and grill fest.
The event was cooked up by Dirtybird Records founder and veteran DJ Claude VonStroke. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, he brought the crew together to play some music and sizzle some meat. More than 15 years later, the event now hits three cities with a powerhouse lineup of DJs and some of the best local vendors. It takes over the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, May 20 from 2 p.m. to midnight; Las Vegas was selected in the label’s City Vote competition.
The ceremonious pit masters are all Dirtybird labelmates that will serve booty bass, house and techno jams alongside burgers, dogs and ribs. Of course, Claude VonStroke will hold it all together, joined by Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Shiba San, Ciszak and Dateless. The music compilation that always aligns with the BBQ will drop the day before on May 19, giving partygoers the chance to brush up on the featured DJs before dancing the day away.
Although the music may seem like the main event, as with any good BBQ, the food is the real star. The onsite food vendors will represent the diverse culture that define this city. Big B’s Texas BBQ plays with the Lone Star State’s fare with huge portions and choice cuts of meat. Jessie Rae’s BBQ will serve up what they call Vegas-style BBQ, which fuses Mexican and American dishes barbecued to perfection, while Pot Liquor Smokehouse BBQ embodies the down south, slow-cooked style from the Carolinas and Alabama. No BBQ would be complete without a proper hot dog, and Dirt Dog steps up with their bacon wrapped wieners. The Omings Kitchen Filipino BBQ food truck will deliver the true island-style cuisine that Vegas is accustomed to, while Stripchezze will add some much-needed melty cheese to the mix. To put out the fire, Yuki Ice Cream & Donuts will offer their delicious shaved snow to cool down the sweaty crowd.
After packing on the calories, Dirtybird attendees will be given every chance possible to burn them. As an endless supply of dance music pumps through the speakers, dancers and wallflowers alike can also take a dip in the custom-built pool. At 4-feet deep, 22-feet wide and 200-feet long, the beckoning oasis can fit over 200 people, ensuring that no one will overheat under the desert sun.
Vegas knows how to party, and even the event’s proprietor recognizes it’ll add a new flavor to the annual event. “I’m excited to finally bring our vibe to Vegas in a way where we can take over a space and do a party the way we want to,” VonStroke says.
Scenes from past Dirtybird BBQs
May 20, 2 p.m.-midnight, $30-$50, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 200 S. 3rd St., nightout.com/events/dirtybird-bbq-las-vegas/