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Phase Set to Stun

PhaseFest returns for a third year, bigger, better and ''Clickier''

”One of my biggest fears is that this year we’re going to have to turn people away,” says Angela Lombardi, lead organizer of PhaseFest. The third annual queer music showcase once again takes place at Phase 1 — max cap 350 — and the lineup is bigger than ever, with the nationally known Canadian band The Cliks headlining Saturday night.

”We’re gonna be kind of like the try out for the future lineup for the band,” says Lombardi, referring to the fact that Cliks transgendered founder and frontman Lucas Silveira is the only original member left. The Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione will fill-in as the band’s guest drummer for the show, along with two others.

”Mainly our focus was to do bigger and better, and I definitely think we’ve accomplished that,” says Lombardi. This year sees a lot of returning acts, including Thursday night headliner Bitch. ”She’s kind of like our PhaseFest guaranteed one-night headliner,” says Lombardi. “She’s just awesome.” Lombardi is enlisting special DJs to spin queer indie-rock after the performances, ”for a little dance party every night.”

Lombardi is most eager to hear Friday night’s headliner, PartyLine. ”I’m proud of the D.C. queer music scene whenever I see PartyLine play,” she says. ”They’re just so energetic. They bring feminist rock, politics, punk — everything — into just one radical performance.”

PhaseFest is Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, at Phase 1, 525 Eighth St. SE. Tickets are $15 on Thursday and Friday, $20 on Saturday. Visit

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.