In advance of Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s immersive and extravagant summer fundraiser House Party, they are taking over Sculpture Court for an afternoon of performances and beats that give museum-goers a taste of one of the hottest Pittsburgh parties of the summer! On Saturday, July 1, all are invited to (Out of the) House Party, Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s pop-up event at Inside Out, our free summer event series. Join Kelly Strayhorn Theater for performance and beats by lys scott, Supa NxC, Erika Denae J, Livefromthecity, YS1 and Le Siren FKA Childlike Empress.
A cash bar serving local drinks and Billu’s Indian Grill 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 the Artists
Erika Denae J is a Pittsburgh bred, multi-hyphenate, singer-songwriter, producer, creative writer, and entrepreneur who loves to encourage others with her gifts. She released her debut EP ‘Rx Melodies’ (Prescription Melodies) late fall of 2022, blending Neo-soul, Jazz and spoken word along with prescription conversations; where she gave personal and introspective insights into her music. She is also the founder of Beata Beatus Co., a benefit company that supports socio-emotional health and explores the relationship between music and literacy for youths. In January 2023, Erika authored and published “The Encouragement Guide” an interactive activity journal to build healthy self-esteem and confidence.
Jordan Howard (aka Livefromthecity) is a hip-hop songwriter, producer, studio engineer, and part-time arts educator located in Pittsburgh, PA. Howard is the co-founder, curator and producer of Pittsburgh’s “Sun Fest”, an annual hip-hop festival that features some of the city’s best in hip-hop talent. Howard has also produced concerts including “The Glow Up” in collaboration with Max Gonzalez, and “School House Rock!” with Community Forge. His most notable work has been with 1Hood Media. He has been highlighted in publications such as Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper, and Jenesis Magazine as a stand out artist in the city.
Le Siren (FKA The Childlike Empress) is a multidimensional artist and witch conjuring emotional soundscapes and enticing visuals. They hail from NYC, but have been in PGH for the last several years. Their debut album, Take Care of Yourself was released in October 2019 and has enchanted hundreds of thousands of listeners with its vulnerable lyricism and a unique sound described by the artist as “folky ethereal grunge for sad bitches.” Drawing from their Haitian heritage for their new nom de guerre, Le Siren is brewing new sounds that tap into beauty, mysticism and the erotic.
A first-generation Thai American with big dreams and an even bigger personality, lys scott coped with the isolation of Covid-19 by writing her explosive debut album, “squashed dreams & broken wings.” Described by WYEP as “what would happen if No Doubt and TLC had a baby with Missy Elliott,” it’s no surprise that Lys stepped into Pittsburgh’s music scene with a bang. Energizing crowds all over the city with in-your-face bangers like “big shot” and cozy crowd favorites like “flowerchild,” Lys Scott quickly earned a name for herself, eventually signing with Pittsburgh label Crafted Sounds.
Rooted in Ballroom with strong influences from Pop, Folk blended, Hip Hop and Trinidadian culture, SUPA’ N x C is comprised of best friends Neek James (Duane Binion) and Xopher James (Christoper James) in collaboration with DJ Dezmanian who helps them create a distinctive experience for all of their live show. The artists have performed at True T PGH in Bloomfield, PRIDE concerts in Southwest Pennsylvania, along with night clubs and private parties in the Steel City of Pittsburgh. They have also been seen as part of Trans Q Live! both at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art.
Ys1 (Yusef Shelton Da First) is a Homewood Bred Hip Hop Artist and family man who raps to ignite purpose. Yusef has performed at Pittsburgh venues including Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The New Hazlett Theater and more. His most recent album Ignite was also presented as a theatrical presentation in the New Hazlett Community Supported Art Performance Series.