Chicago has become somewhat of a second home for this particular midwestern Indiana girl this year, so when I heard my favorite label Dirtybird was hosting their inaugural Birdhouse Festival, I knew this would be my final summer (ish) trip to the windy city for the House music I crave.
Not many events can take over a parking lot and make it feel like home, but that’s the electric type of energy that Dirtybird players and their fans can accomplish when brought together. My girls Jen and Danielle rode up with me, and once we arrived in Chicago at our Airbnb, we did a Chinese fire-drill to parallel park the car. (Still not within my powers, sometimes I feel like Cher in Clueless). Note to self: learn to parallel park if I will be spending any more time in Chicago. Our friends Adrian and Rohan arrived, and it was time to hit the festival.
The most exciting thing was the intimate vibe, along with the carnival games. After trying our hand at mini ski-ball, played the ring-toss and was gifted with a sticker of a half skull Claude for “the best player I’ve seen all day.” Beginners luck.
We then checked out the other side of the stage where the food trucks were set up, and after some “Pink Tacos” went to play connect four and watch the dunk tank. (I never did witness anyone getting wet). We then, of course, had to get a cotton candy that they offered gratis for all the guests with a smile. I must say, it was more enjoyable than any “carnival” type atmosphere I have attended. When the sunset painted its magnificent colors through the skyline, we stood in awe and appreciation for the day that was supposed to be extremely rainy but had managed to stay completely dry because even unpredictable Chicago weather seemed to know that when it’s time for house music, it’s time to cooperate with dry weather.
Will Clarke played a high energy set, as did Father Claude, but the winning set of the day was JPhlip B2B Gene Farris a team up that was quite possibly one of the better house sets I have witnessed in the past few years. There was no shortage of dancing, shuffling, and booty shaking all day long. We were even graced with Will Clarke at the Mid for Jacob Massey’s afterparty, a set I won’t soon forget either. I guess I really do just love those cuddles. The Mid made a perfect venue for the end to our Birdhouse Fest. Every time I get a taste of Chicago, I want more. I guess I better get to work on my parking skills. It certainly won’t be my last visit to the city of House music.
Next up on the docket for Dirtybird is their West Coast Campout. There are still tickets available. Check out the lineup below, and grab your tickets now! We will see you at Camp!