In Da Mix

Unnatural affairs and Universal Truth, ending in a Trick.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Andy Caldwell
Andy Caldwell
Andy Caldwell
For those who enjoy happy hour as an appetizer to their weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History recently offered attendees an unusual but wholly enticing package, when Brazilian music flowed from the outside upper deck of the museum observatory, along with a little acid jazz and a few R&B mixes to keep the crowd alive. Titled "An Unnatural Affair," the meet-and-greet mixed artistic urbanites and young professionals, who mingled and sipped on the style of DJ duo Go and Impure. Besides the see-and-be-seen types casing their quarry, many who attended were there to support the museum.

The evening was hosted by the Nature League and coordinated by Mary Hromyko, director of member and visitor services at the museum, and staff representative for the Nature League. (The public can enjoy more hot, soulful rhythms on August 9 and 30, when the Nature League presents the sounds of Afro-Cuban salsa at a happy hour in the museum's courtyard.)

A little later that same night at the View, a happy crowd joined the birthday celebration of club promoter Jessica George. On hand to open the festivities was DJ StoutXTC, host of 91.1-FM's BeatMatrix, who offered his own twist of techno-filled soul, filling the sound system with throbbing EDM anthems. George's friends offered her their best birthday wishes as she and the crowd migrated from the buzzing dance floor to the open skyline of the View's new rooftop bar.

Headlining was Andy Caldwell, a San Francisco DJ touring in support of his new album, Universal Truth, on OM Records. George was pleased to have Caldwell perform, saying, "He's on one of the top house labels in the country."

As Caldwell spun deeper into his set, he lowered the boom on the already uptempo crowd with plenty of ass-shaking ammunition, slicing bubbling funk with techno-edged beats. Caldwell created his edgy mixes without the aid of a laptop, loaded with the latest DJ software, proving that -- at least that night -- a pair of twisting hands can send out more heat and flow than a handful of tapping keys can.

Even if you missed Caldwell, there are still plenty of steamy sets rising from local dance floors and clubs. Check out the rustic feel and relaxed, fresh atmosphere at Bar Fly, which hosts the roof-raising mixes of DJ Trick Thursday through Saturday. Trick, who has also performed in Toronto, knows what it means to seduce the attention of listeners -- especially when it's enhanced by alcohol. When Trick throws down deep, hard-edged beats with an industrial feel, his set matches the symbolism of the image of Cleveland displayed on the club's wall.

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