On Friday, April 25, Phase 1 will host Kiyomi Valentine, lead singer and guitarist of Hunter Valentine, for a one-time intimate acoustic performance that is sure to leave the ladies wanting more.
“It all started with me and an acoustic guitar, writing songs in my bedroom,” says Kiyomi, who is ready to showcase her softer side and bare it all for the sake of the music. After touring around the country and playing many high energy rock shows here and abroad, the lesbian rocker is ready to get back to her roots.
“There’s a certain level of intimacy that comes with doing a show like this, when it’s one person with a guitar. I can really expose the songs and expose myself on a very vulnerable level,” says Kiyomi.
Many of the songs Kiyomi plans to play are newly written, and she looks forward to experiencing the audience’s reaction in a close setting. Although Kiyomi has no present plans of releasing a solo album, she hopes to eventually see the songs come to life, some of which are not meant for Hunter Valentine exclusively.
“I wouldn’t say [my songs] are completely folky. Many of the new songs still maintain a pop sensibility and raw emotion,” she says.
Phase 1 is known for hosting acclaimed musicians like Kaki King, as well as local musicians. Support is what makes this venue stand out among others for artists like Kiyomi. After her performance, she plans to stick around, have a beer, and chat with fans and patrons alike.
“There’s a serious lack of lesbian bars out there and I see them dying off in all different parts of the country. When you have a place that’s able to maintain its history and be a place for women, it’s important to appreciate that,” says Kiyomi, who first played in Washington D.C. for Phasefest, Phase 1’s annual queer music festival.
“It’s like playing a glorious gay living room,” says Angela Lombardi, Manager of Phase 1. “That’s kind of what Phase is. You’re right next to the performers and you get to be a part of it all.”
Opening up the night will be local artists Frankie and Betty who are known for their quality entertainment and fun.
“Frankie and Betty are absolutely awesome and hilarious. They put on a really good show,” says Lombardi. “If you come out on Friday night, you’re really getting a lot of bang for your buck.”
When the live music performances are over, Phase 1 transforms into a “super sweet dance party” hosted by DJ Jay Von Tease. Tickets to this intimate night of live music can be pre-purchased for $10. Patrons can also purchase tickets at the the door for $12.
Event: Kioymi Valentine w/ Frankie & Betty
Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Phase 1, 525 8th St SE, Washington, D.C.
Ticket: $10 online; $12 at the door