A humorous twist on fake DJ names morphed into quite the career move for Barclay Crenshaw. In 2009, as Claude VonStroke, the producer/DJ/label boss dropped an acclaimed Fabric mix and released the long-awaited “Bird Brain” on his own Dirtybird imprint. Based in San Francisco, VonStroke is now synonymous with the fun and irreverent side of tech-house, blending funk, vocals and personal style in an effort to take the genre less seriously. Never content to rest on simple mixes, VonStroke takes risks throughout his sets, a characteristic that enabled him to propel the Dirtybird sound to dance floors of underground and pop sensibilities. Expect Smart Bar to bounce as Dirtybird battles the .dotbleep DJs on this pre-holiday weekend. (John Alex Colon)
December 19 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 10pm.