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Hundreds herd to Governors Island for Dirtybird BBQ

September 15, 2016 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Claude VonStroke closes out Dirtybird BBQ. Photos by Chris Moran
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With the Tribute in Light illuminating the sky for the 15th anniversary of 9/11, hundreds of people voyaged across New York Harbor to Governors Island for Dirtybird BBQ — a one-of-a-kind traveling music festival and fair that boasts some of the music industry’s top DJs while also offering authentic barbecue grub.

After initially announcing that the event would take place at the Red Hook Grain Terminal, the party’s curators revealed days before the event that the affair would be spreading its wings across the Buttermilk Channel to Governors Island.

The new venue allowed attendees to party in front of not only the Tribute in Light — an idea that was originally suggested in the Brooklyn Eagle in October of 2001 — but also the beautiful Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn skylines.

And although Governors Island isn’t technically part of Brooklyn, the isle is closer to our fair borough than it is to Manhattan, and it gets its water and electricity from Kings County.

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Fans from near and far gave up watching football to come and enjoy a stellar lineup of DJs that included Shiba San, Justin Martin, J.Philip, Christian Martin, Walker & Royce and of course the Dirtybird head honcho himself, Claude VonStroke.

Each DJ performed from a replica picnic table complete with a red-and-white-checkered blanket.

Notable tunes from the evening included Shiba San’s boisterous “Give It to Me,” Gene Farris’ “The Way U Like” and Claude Vonstoke’s catchy collaboration with Green Velvet “Mind Yo Bizness.”

In addition to enjoying the music, fans took part in activities like Best in Show contests and carnival games.

The menu for the affair included succulent pork and beef sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and an assortment of fresh vegetables like corn, peas and squash.

With food in high demand, there were long lines and a shortage of plates and utensils at the end of the evening. Any frustrations, however, were soon forgotten upon stepping on the dancefloor.

Dirtybird’s devoted fans came out in extravagant outfits and brought eccentric props. One attendee even brought a life-size birdcage with a fake bird inside.

Dirtybird BBQ has made stops this year in San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit and now New York. An event is planned for Miami soon.

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