One of the most beloved members of the Dirtybird Family and true OG, Chris “Grill$on” Wilson has passed away.
If you’ve become a fan of the Dirtybird Records label and have attended their events over the years it has been hard to ignore one of the crew’s most fun-loving and charismatic members, Chris Willson aka Grill$on. A true OG of the Dirtybird Crew, his history began before the label was even formed over 15 years ago and he remained as a fixture at their events ever since.
Grill$on and could be caught manning the BBQ pit at the label’s renowned Dirtybird events ranging from their Quarterlies to BBQs, and of course their annual Dirtybird Campouts as well. Whether he was cooking up burgers, tri-tip, or any other tasty food, his provisions kept many in the flock well-fed and dancing late into the night.
Those who attended these events and met him will know that Grill$on brought an energy along with him that was infectious and was one of the most authentic people you could meet. He regularly struck up conversations with attendees, danced alongside those in the crowd, and was one of the nicest guys you could meet, making everyone feel welcome and loved at Dirtybird events.
Justin and Christian Martin have both taken to Twitter and Ardalan has posted on Facebook as the entire family has been hit hard by his passing. Many fans have also shared their own personal memories and moments with Grill$on as well in remembrance of this amazing human.
Our condolences go out to the Dirtybird Crew as we are all mourning the loss of one of the true OGs today. Rest in Paradise, Chris.
Dirtybird released a video in memory of Grill$on, watch it on Facebook:
Dirtybird artists and friends have posted about Grill$on’s passing on social media:
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Today we lost a beloved friend and one of DIRTYBIRD's true OGs, Grillson. After battling health issues for several months he passed away in San Francisco this morning. We will miss him with all our hearts. DIRTYBIRD's thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
RIP Chris "Grill$on" Wilson💔 I'm gonna miss you and your larger than life personality brother. You will always be the real OG and dirtybird wouldn't be what it is today without you. Glad we got to share some of the most amazing times ever together. pic.twitter.com/9lq7zOADkv
— Justin Martin (@justinmartin) June 12, 2018
We all met Grillson in 2001 – before the label, before the park party, way before the @Dirtybird logo was first scribbled on a bar napkin. He was there when we set up our first system in Hunter's Point, and pretty much every BBQ after that over the next 15 years. RIP Brother
— Christian Martin (@SFdirtybird) June 12, 2018
I met @ccwilson at our very first party in Golden Gate Park. He came right up to me and asked if he could grill some carne with us on his hibachi. He was one if the most loved people in the family. A huge part of the soul of our crew is gone. I will miss him dearly.
— Claude VonStroke (@VonStroke) June 12, 2018
a real dirtybird got their 'wings' today 🕊 my heart goes out to the Bay Area friends and everyone in the extended DB family right now. not sure where we go from here, but wherever that is had better be stocked up on charcoal tonight🍻
this one hurt 💔 https://t.co/M9iCsKLGeU
— OMNOM (@imOMNOM) June 12, 2018
— MIJA (@hi_mija) June 12, 2018