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The Birdhouse Festival Review

San Francisco based label Dirtybird migrated to the Windy City this past weekend September 8th; with a compilation of some of the biggest names within the deep house scene. The event was held outside at 1340 w Washington blvd. Chicago and reaching max capacity as a successfully sold out show!
The music was consuming. It delved straight through my chest and pulled my sternum like the second hand of a mid century grandfather clock. The weight of my body began to sway from my right to left foot without a conscious effort. I was sold and took into the crowd swimming through a sea of exuberant faces.  The off key fashion and variety of era inspired looks could make one dizzy trying to take it all in. Feathered hair and red tinted glasses paired with a retro 70s chic look was laterally placed next to plaid combat boot underground 90s grudge looks then just to be counter balanced by bright colored rave girls in latex spanks.
Circles upon circles of intertwining fans filled the space with impromptu conversations. The more I journeyed onto the dance floor the more familiar faces popped out from the wood works. Strangers becoming friends and joining into the hysteria of dance.
Dirtybird have a subtle way of uniting a crowd to share their love of dance music to us. The consistent beats entranced you to dance just as strongly as it compellingly locked you into an immense conversation with close friends. Kick drum knocked down social walls implemented by the ghastly rules put together by an industrial standard of living.
I was thoroughly impressed by Will Clarke’s set. The stage full of dancing fans and girls who became advocates for his unique take. His set was a mixture of deep house yet had a quirky trance vibe. A crescendo of thinly sliced air pushing us towards hard dance drops formed from an arrangement of popping bubbles though a neurosensory pulsating of sequencers.
The night ended with a surprise b2b set by Claude Vonstroke & Derrick Carter taking control of the decks. Vonstroke started the Dirtybird label in the early 2000s. His experience and dedication to this community earned him to be voted America’s Best DJ in Pioneer DJ and DJ Times’ annual poll. In 2017, he was nominated at the Electronic Music Awards for both DJ of the Year and Radio Show of the Year for “The Birdhouse”. He has the innate ability to move a crowd into and from existential dancing frenzies. Vonstroke’s notable style washed throughout the crowd. His methodical transitions started just softly enough until the feeling became so strong that the breath of the reverb could blow our heads away. The reverberate wash came towards a point in zenith where the snares marched into a singular bit wave. He drives up the bass of track B into another adrenaline rush of bassey dance sequences.
Reluctantly, the night ended around 10pm and fans cleared out. Many people still moved by the high of dancing finding their way back into the concrete jungles of Chicago. After making my way away from the warmth of the crowd I felt the cool breeze of the impending fall season chill luckily, I was reminded festival season isn’t over until October! The Dirtybird Camp Outheld in California will be fast approaching!
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All Day I Dream Chicago Featuring Lee Burridge, Lost Desert, and YokoO

It’s been a beautiful summer for Lee Burridge and his iconic open-air gathering, All Day I Dream, weaving between some of the world’s most idyllic party locales with its unique day-into-night experience.

Following a standout 2017 Chicago debut, the party touches back down in the Windy City on September 15th. Lee will be joined by Lost Desert and YokoO on Lakefront Green island, just steps away from the city’s Lake Michigan beach.


In 2018 alone All Day I Dream has thrown over 60 events in more than 40 countries, playing host to nearly 100,000 Dreamers. The event has earned a truly dedicated global fan base who embody the essence of the worlds of art, wellness, fashion and wellbeing. If you’ve attended any events you’ll already be aware of the positivity and love that flows through the community.

Outside of the events the All Day I Dream label continues to support newly discovered artists as well as familiar family members like YokoO, Lost Desert, Hoj, Oona Dahl, Gorje Hewek & Izhevski, Powel and Bedouin. Recent releases include PHCK’s Elephants, Zone+’s Baia, Sébastien Léger’s Lost Miracle, Roy Rosenfeld’s When We Were Innocent, and Rebelski’s Paper 6-track EP.   Each musical moment dreamt up by a loving and sensitive imagination.

The event and label’s vibe continues to spread like wildfire. For those in attendance the parties and experience represent a return to the simplest of things; broad smiles beaming from the faces of the beautiful souls who embrace the moment as well as this movement, none broader than that of Lee himself. A delightful and bewitching aural and visual treat for the senses.

About All Day I Dream

The All Day I Dream events began on a Brooklyn rooftop back in 2011 and have since become an international sensation. Around the world, crowds continue to flock to the experience and become part of a community spurred on by Lee Burridge and his unique roster of artists. Each bringing their own unique technicolor emotionalism that’s all too rare in our current electronic music scene.

Spreading across the world from New York to Los Angeles, from London to Moscow, Berlin to Beirut, the parties expanded and flourished due in part to Lee’s major presence at Burning Man and his desire to create something magical.

Giving the partygoer (or “Dreamer”) more than just the usual short DJ set, All Day I Dream aspired to create its own unique ambience through the combination of the musical selection and journey as well as unique venues, each decorated with draped fabric, fairy lights and lanterns creating an unparalleled and magical atmosphere.


For More Info and Tickets to All Day I Dream:

https://www.alldayidream.com

Connect With All Day I Dream:

https://soundcloud.com/alldayidream

https://www.facebook.com/alldayidream/

https://twitter.com/AllDayIDreamOf

https://www.instagram.com/alldayidreamintheclouds/


All Day I Dream 2018 ‘Journeys of 2018’ World Tour Dates:

Sep 15 – Chicago, US – Lakefront Green

Sep 16 – New York, US – Brooklyn Mirage

Sept 20 – Ibiza, ES – Blue Marlin Ibiza

Sep 21 – Portimão, PT – BPM Portugal

Sep 23 – Los Angeles, US – Los Angeles Center Studios

Sep 29 – Oakland, US – Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Oct 5 – Las Vegas, US – Wynn Las Vegas

Oct 7- Denver, US – Sculpture Park

Oct 13 – Itajaí, BR – Warung Beach Club

Oct 20 – Amsterdam NL – ADE

Dec 8 – Miami, US – Art Basel