From the Miami Herald:
“Approximately 2,000 gathered at Smashed Canvas in Wynwood to eat smoked ribs, pulled pork, pasta salad and corn on the cob and dance to the beats of some of Dirtybird’s most influential artists, including VonStroke, Christian Martin, J. Phillip, Kill Frenzy, Justin Martin and Walker & Royce.
In the final leg of the national Dirtybird national BBQ tour, fans voted for their city to host the event. Miami won over cities like Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and Austin.
The attendees ranged from locals to fans like Joshua Raymond, who traveled six hours from Lake City in northern Florida.
For Raymond, Dirtybird is more than just a record label — it’s family.
“Every artist is so welcoming, they treat you like they know you and you feel part of the group,” said Raymond. “The energy at their events is all about making friends and having a good time. Everyone is open to meeting people and just enjoying life.”
When the BBQ started in San Francisco more than a decade ago, Martin says it was all about friends getting together and forming a community of music lovers. “Not much has changed since,” he said. “Except maybe a bigger crowd.”
The crowd is definitely growing in South Florida.”