Barclay knows how to throw a party.

If you pay attention to house music at all, chances are you have heard of the legendary Claude VonStroke. Between Dirtybird Records, countless festivals all over the world, and creating a huge name for himself with his own unique style of house music, it’s safe to say he’s is an icon within the genre.

He didn’t want to stop there, though. He decided to begin a new project under his real name, Barclay Crenshaw.

The Barclay Crenshaw project goes far beyond house music, pushing genre boundaries and showcasing a deeper bass side of Crenshaw’s capabilities. Last year, Crenshaw told fans that he would be stepping away from the Claude VonStroke project in order to explore and perform as Barclay Crenshaw. On Saturday, March 16th, Barclay Crenshaw performed at Reelworks in downtown Denver, and it was a night to remember.

There were a lot of memorable moments during the night.

Starting off the night was Rational Soul. Who defines himself as a “leftfield bass producer” and “grime enthusiast.” He certainly showcased these traits in his opening set. His dark but catchy drops make it impossible to turn away, setting an energetic tone for the rest of the evening. He’s been opening for lots of big artists lately, and this slot was very well deserved.

Once the night got going, it never slowed down!

Next up was Denver local legend Don Jamal, who’s been popping off in the Colorado scene and beyond. If he’s not playing a set, there’s a good chance you’ll find him in the crowd vibing with everyone else. His set was full of energy, with lots of unexpected and filthy drops right and left. Those of us who stuck the night out until the wee hours were also treated to a very special extended set from him alongside other huge bass artists like Trip Drop, Gallium, and Tree Gaud.

For direct support, Great Dane took the stage. The Brooklyn-based artist has been touring with Barclay as well as Tsuruda. He’s set to perform at The Caverns in Tennessee with Barclay in May, which is a huge milestone in any artist’s career. He’s been working hard on his music, including his new album Epsilon Iguana. It’s been awesome to see him getting the recognition he deserves and seeing how much the crowd responded to him.

Great Dane kept the evening going.

Once Barclay Crenshaw took the stage, the crowd was all fired up and ready to go. Barclay kept us going for nearly two hours and never showed signs of slowing down. He played lots of his new music, which has proven widely successful since his latest project took off. He also treated the crowd to lots of remixes and filthy tracks by artists like K Motionz, Gunna, Nicki Minaj, and many others. There truly didn’t seem to be a single person standing still in the entire room. This set was one to never be forgotten.

This was a very special night for Barclay and fans alike.

Crenshaw is currently on the road supporting Open Channel. This massive tour is going everywhere from Los Angeles to The Caverns to Pennsylvania, featuring huge opening acts like Eprom, Fly, LYNY, Super Future, and many more. It’s hitting so many huge festivals it’s hard to keep count – Texas Eclipse, Movement, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Forest, Secret Dreams, Shambhala, and many more. If you didn’t get the chance to catch Barclay Crenshaw in Denver, it’s safe to say you’ll have plenty of opportunities to witness this legend in action in the future!

Photos by Kyle Brim

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