Dirtybird and Freaks Flocked to Grand Central Miami for an Ass-Clapping NYE 2013

Smoke exploded into the air as soon as Martin touched the tables. People yelled and woo-ed as the ghetto beats bumped through the speakers. On stage, the label crew looked like they were having the time of their lives, laughing together, goofing around, sharing comped bottles with people in the crowd.

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"I know if you're here for Dirtybird New Year's, you love bass. And I love bass," he said to the crowd who stayed dancing harder than ever. He dropped lots of awesome crew tracks, including a sick remix of "Booty Clap" that set the room on fire. He dropped his own massive "Ghettos and Gardens," even surprising the crowd with a sick mid-track drum 'n' bass breakdown.

Then Claude VonStroke took over at the surprisingly late hour of 3 a.m., but even at an hour most people would normally start to think of heading home, the Grand Central crowd was twisting and roaring along with the headliner. Again, smoke filled the room and confetti flew through the air. The big man looked mighty happy to be there in that moment, and he let the crowd have it real good.

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In one of the most fun moments of the night, Claude called Mark Starr onto the stage before dropping his big track "Rood Boy." And then Martin and VonStroke broke the kid in, putting him on their shoulders and carrying him to the front of the stage as the track played out.

Oh, and Mr. Claude VonStroke is definitely a late-night motherfucker, perfectly suited to end a night of celebrations. He kept the ghetto tech-y rhythms going almost right up to the rising of the sun. You couldn't stop the man. Well, they did eventually kick him off around 5:30 a.m., but can you believe there were still quite a number of heads begging for more?

Dirty-ass bangers and ghetto drums into the wee hours of the morning light? Not a bad fucking way to kick off 2013. The next 12 months are gonna be big. We can feel it.

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Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias:
Justin Martin is the best finder of lost shoes on the planet. Saved my left foot. Big ups to you, homie.

The Crowd: House heads with a more mature taste in EDM and a real taste for the underground. Oh, and free drinks.

Best Drop: Fuck the ball at midnight. Martin's drum and bass breakdown for "Ghettos and Gardens" set shit off. That's a must-have banger for 2013, no doubt.

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Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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