Phasefest: Come See Homogay Bands In Our Nation’s Capital

Do you like queer events and music, AND do you happen to live in the DC metropolitan area? If you leapt into the air and screamed “YES,” then check out this event featuring MEN (featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre), Hunter Valentine, and more!

Phasefest, DC’s Queer Music Festival, has something for everyone  — from eletro-pop bands and singer-songwriters to producer/MCs. Also, lots and lots of lesbians, transmen, transwomen, gays, and presumably, even straight people! Check out the details below:

WHAT: Phasefest, DC’s Queer Music Festival

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 (7PM-2AM); Saturday, Sept. 25 (7PM-3AM)

WHERE: Phase 1 Bar, 525 8th St, Washington, DC 20003 (just 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market metro)

(Click on any band to get a preview at their MySpace page or read a bio of each and every performer at the Phasefest site.)

Thursday, 9/23:

Wicked Jezabel
Melissa Li,
Kit Yan,
Jenny Grind,
Alex Voegele

Friday, 9/24:

Hunter Valentine,
Jen Urban & the Box,
The Pushovers,
Mzery Loves Company,
Athens Boys Choir,
The Lost Bois,
and Terrance Williams

Saturday, 9/25:

Tayisha Busay,
Rad Pony,
Clinical Trials,
Renny Sanz,
Tiik w/ G.U.T.S.,
Erin Brown,
Candy Hearts

**NOTE: This is one of only four U.S tour dates for MEN through December, so this is a great opportunity to catch them live.

Come hang out with me! I’ll be repping Autostraddle on Thursday and potentially Friday night, so look for me in my sweet new Autostraddle shirt — I’ll be near the stage or lurking near the bar, beer in hand. Look very hard, too, because I’m vertically challenged.

Buy your tickets now! You can order a VIP Weekend Pass for all three nights for $40. Thursday costs just $10, Friday is $15, and Saturday is $20. You can also buy at the door, though you might be taking a risk with such an impressive and incredibly gay line-up.

Are you attending this year’s Phasefest? Do you wish you were? Let us know in comments!

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Jess G.

Jess is a writer/producer with a knack for audio and online production. She grew up in California and now lives in Washington, DC, where she recently graduated from Georgetown University. Jess' jacket collection is obscenely large, and so is her music library. In her spare time, Jess enjoys riding her bike in the city, blogging, writing songs, and eating good food.

Jess has written 44 articles for us.


  1. I would come and hang out with you! But but but I’m not moving up there for another few months!

    That line-up is badazz. Sad to be missing the opportunity to meet some music queermos. Can’t wait to get up there. Jealousy!

  2. Phase 1 is usually 21+, is there any chance they’re going to make this 18+ because it’s a special event? I want to go so badly!

    • Hey there, Jay. I’m looking into this for you. 18+ would def. be a bummer, so I’m hoping I’ll come back with good news.

    • Hey Jay. Just got word that it’s 21+. But don’t worry. That just means there’s one more thing to look forward to in aging!

  3. Heyhey,

    I’m bummed I’m missing this, but I am going to DC October 27-Nov.1 for the Jon Stewart rally. Anyone know of any cool lezzie bars I should hit up? Yeah, I can be political and party at the same time.

  4. OMG I love the Phase! Was planning on going this weekend anyhoo, but now that this is going on, I am extra doubly there

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