Sweet Abyss takes over the Sculpture Court at Carnegie Museum of Art during Inside Out, our free summer event series. Dance to Navy Jayde, a DJ based in Cleveland, Ohio and the Venue Director of BLK Punx Press and Pittsburgh-based Kha’DJ, an experimental multigenre producer, DJ, and VJ from New York City. A cash bar serving local drinks will be available and Caribbean Vybz Food Truck will be on site.
Inside Out events are free and most events are open to audiences of all ages. Make a day of it and reserve your timed tickets to visit the museum before or after you enjoy Inside Out!
About Sweet Abyss
Activate yourself and enter the depth. Sweet Abyss is a twice monthly event that centers trans/queer folks playing a wide variety of fun, strange, rhythmic sounds to dance or move their minds to. Dance to house, club, techno, and more on weekends, and a variety of experimental music, synth pop, disco, goth balearic beats, downtempo explorations, and more on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sweet Abyss is hosted by Kiernan Laveaux and Malzof.
About the Artist
Kha’DJ is a Pittsburgh-based Nigerian-American multidisciplinary visual artist, producer, DJ. Growing up on stacks of cassette tapes and CDs that spanned West African funk, American jazz, gospel, blues, Italian disco, and Celtic folk music, they later developed additional interest in video game, film scores and international hip-hop. As a result, their warm sound draws from and includes a diversified mix of rhythm and percussion of cultures around the world and generations of multiethnic, genre-bending, and infectious dance grooves. As a DJ, VJ, and music producer, Kha’DJ provides immersive sonic experiences through the unconventional use of environmental sounds, mixing wide varieties of world music, and implementation of their own original works. Drawing from their multicultural background, Kha’DJ specializes in recontextualizing indigenous sounds for the modern downtempo dance floor.
Navy Jayde (She/They), the quick and melodic DJ hailing from Cleveland, OH. Known for their energetic performances and versatile musical style, Navy Jayde seamlessly blends Club, Jersey Club, and Techno beats to create an electrifying atmosphere. With a residency at the renowned Crobar, a 5-Star Dive bar, Navy Jayde has solidified their presence in the vibrant Cleveland nightlife scene. They have shared the stage with esteemed Chicago natives DJ Phill and DJ Manny from Teklife, captivating audiences with their dynamic sets. Navy Jayde’s upcoming endeavors are equally impressive. They are set to open up for the highly acclaimed DJ Seinfeld at the eagerly anticipated Summersolfest, hosted once again at Crobar. Additionally, Navy Jayde has secured a coveted opening slot for the brazen and often comical persona Cupcakke at Cleveland’s iconic Grog Shop.
Navy Jayde’s performance style is hard-hitting yet catchy, delivering bass-heavy, feet-shaking remixes of beloved classics. Drawing inspiration from DJs who skillfully merge hip-hop and R&B with EDM backings, such as LSDXOXO and DJ Swisha, Navy Jayde crafts a unique sound that captivates audiences and keeps the dance floor alive. Beyond their DJ prowess, Navy Jayde is also an owner and venue director of BLK Punx Press, a DIY venue in Cleveland. With a solid commitment to uplifting POC Queer artists and supporting the underdogs of the art scene, Navy Jayde has established the monthly dance event “Make Techno Black Again!” This groundbreaking event showcases POC Queer DJs who excel in Techno and other EDM genres, creating a platform for marginalized voices to thrive. Navy Jayde is a force to be reckoned with in the DJing world, igniting dance floors and breaking boundaries with their infectious beats and unwavering dedication to inclusivity and diversity.