It is rare to find an artist who startles your senses on many levels, engaging the part of your brain that makes you shake your hips, but also raise your fist in solidarity.
Heather Mae does just that.
An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, Heather Mae is forging new ground with her newest album. Entitled “I AM ENOUGH”, the collection was dubbed a KickStarter Staff Pick within it’s first week, smashing through its $15,000 fundraising goal and on it’s official release date - June 10th, 2016 - peaked at #58 on the iTunes Pop Charts. All of this without the support of a label.
Singer-songwriter Be Steadwell is an innovative musician from Washington DC. With roots in jazz vocals, acapella and folk-Be composes a blend of genres into what she calls queerpop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.
Be has performed at The Apollo Music Cafe NYC (2014), the Revival Poetry tours (2012 and 2014), opened for Nona Hendryx (Joe's Pub NYC 2014), and composed music for the feature film "Stud Life" (2013). In 2015, Be was awarded an Artist fellowship from DC commission in the Arts. In 2016, The Strathmore Performing Arts Center selected Be Steadwell for their Artist in Residence Program.
The DC Kings performed monthly shows from 2000-2015 and are no longer active. They are reuniting for Phazefest 2017!
They were an avant-garde performance-art troupe of gender variant performers located in and around Washington, DC.
They were a diverse group in race, gender, sexual identity, age, and background. Our performances included but are not limited to male impersonation, singing, lip syncing, theatrical skits (comedy, drama, politics, etc). One of our unique features is often our performance pushed beyond gender boundaries. In March of 2000 we began as a drag king troupe. However, this term is now loosely held by us as we have since incorporated several other styles of empowering performance in to our shows. We are all DC Kings, and we are all part of the longest-running monthly drag king show in the World!
Olivia & The Mates
Olivia & The Mates sense for melody will make any songwriter jealous. Versatility is her true charm - she can stretch the boundaries of musical genres without sounding as if she’s out of place. Olivia Mancini is one of the few female live acts coming out of Washington, D.C. that is equally appealing to a male audience
as well as a female audience. Olivia Mancini‘s folk-pop roots combined with her true Rock ‘n’ Roll aesthetic embraces every sense of American culture.
Olivia Mancini has been touring the U.S. and Europe for more than 10 years, performing her original songs as a singer-songwriter, or with her bands, Olivia & the Mates, and Astra Via. Olivia Mancini has performed with top acts like The Hold Steady, STARS, Matthew Sweet, and Melissa Ferrick. Her music has appeared in Gossip Girl, Entourage, ER, and Live wih Regis and Kathy Lee. With years of grassroots development, and now a collaboration with accomplished producer, Jarrett Nicolay (Virginia Coalition), audiences will be seeing her in a light brighter than ever imagined.
The CooLots are intersectionality personified. The Washington, D.C.-based band embodies a sound that the RAW community describes as a “melting pot of different styles and talents [that] come together to create feelings never experienced before.”
The talented individuals that form this eclectic band carry a distinct style all their own, however they come together to create a synergetic group that appeals to the eccentric in us all. The CooLots effortless move across a spectrum of genres including rock, alternative, indie, soul, and rhythm and blues, just to name a few. Their unbridled musicality is something akin to the sounds of No Doubt, M.I.A. Paramore, Sade, Staind, System of a Down, Jimi Hendrix, and N.E.R.D.
As a Fairfax, Virginia native, Tezrah learned to play classical piano at age five, which laid the foundation for her future investigation into computer music programs. Before pursuing a professional career in the music industry, Tezrah graduated with a pre-medical degree in Neuroscience from William & Mary, attended the Harvard School of Design Summer Program, and was accepted into the Graduate Architecture Program at Catholic University. She also played semi-pro soccer before her full immersion into the DJ profession.
Today, Tezrah reigns in her fourth year of DJing in the Washington DC area, specializing in Top 40, electronic dance music, Hip Hop, and other genres. Formerly known as DJ Deedub, she is hailed as one of DC's and the LGBTQ community's brightest stars. Her sound is eclectic, combining the newest music seamlessly with older classic songs. Winner of the DJ Battle for Her HRC for 2014 and 2015, headliner at the 9:30 Club, and headliner for a crowd of 5,000+ at Hampton Roads Pride 2016, she has garnered a solid following from all over DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Kellyn Marie Goler
Kellyn Marie Goler lives something of a double life. As a lawyer in Washington, DC, Kellyn uses words to advocate and counsel. As a singer-songwriter, she uses words to captivate and evoke emotion. Kellyn writes pop songs imbued with elements of folk–and folk songs imbued with elements of pop–and her sound is soulful and embracing. Her debut album, Echolocation, is an unguarded exploration of the experience of love and is at once haunting, plaintive, empowering, and hopeful. Echolocation was released in October 2015 on Rock Creek Heart Records and is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, and most other online music retailers.
Steering the Party Ship all night long with her MC magic will be Alesia Michelle. Here is short low-down on Alesia. Get to know her better on July 1st:
Alesia decided to use her gift of the gab for good. Radio personality, party starter and DC native— Alesia is often seen laughing around town.
Alesia appeared on Showtime at the Apollo (twice)- and did not get booed. She was once voted, “Most Likely to Talk to a Stranger” an apt award for this loquacious lady who has talked to stars and strangers alike.
At just over a year old, Homosuperior out of Washington, D.C., are hitting the ground running and spreading their wings unabashedly as a transcore/queercore punk band. The group—Anderson on guitar, KC on bass, Kit on drums, and Josh on vocals—formed on New Year’s Eve of 2014 and started writing songs shortly afterwards.
The members of Homosuperior were all out by the time they started the band. As Kit says, “Starting Homosuperior wasn’t a response to being queer in a punk scene. Wanting more queer and trans representation in punk was and is definitely a driving force, though.” They exist to have fun and create their garagey, distorted version of punk, while also giving visibility to LBGTQIA people in the DIY music scene.