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  Phantasm 5.13.00
by Chanté LaGon

Venue: Celebration Hall aka The Church - Atlanta, GA
Presented by: Charisma and Future Foundation

Chante LaGonThe flier was tight. The DJ lineup impressive. Add the warm breeze blowing through Hotlanta, and Phantasm promised to be the year's first summer massive. But when Globe Theater officials handed off faulty permits to promoters Charisma and Future Foundation — only a day before the event — that promise shattered.

The two production companies, with help from Jewels (the Fun yet Adventuresome leader), stayed up until 5:30 a.m. Saturday trying to piece the plans back together. Whether the promoters and people giving out candy and directions to the alternate venue succeeded can be looked at in two ways: dollars or sense.

If you asked Chris, Charisma's primary investor, re-routing to The Church definitely hurt the bottom line. But if you asked the hundreds of mostly sober kids dancing their ass off to Skylab 2000 and Isis and Bombazi, Phantasm was still on the north side of average parties.

Those who gave up or couldn't make it because of the venue change missed quick entry, clean bathrooms and plenty of room to dance to (hurray!) DJs who haven't played here every month since the new year.

Pulse lasers more green than envy glided the words "Future Foundation," "Brendon Lee" and Charisma's logo across the main room. Although somebody's house music had me sweating, the fact that there was no DJ onstage made it feel as if me and my fellow partiers weren't worthy.

Downstairs, a few kidz dancing in the lights — the regular overhead ones — maxed out the attendance. Since it was early, about 11:30 p.m., I figured people were still making their way over from the Globe. Once they did trickle in, the lights were cut and Cor-e's desert-like breaks boomed from an incredible Turbosound system. With The Who's "Teenage Wasteland" in the mix, arms flew up, feet shuffled harder and shouts bellowed around the room. Next up were Isis and Bombazi, who took it about five levels higher with familiar jungle tunes mixed inside joints for the hard-core.

By 1 a.m., I found myself wishing the main room would shrink. That way, it would seem as if the crowd were bigger, and the party's high energy level would make perfect sense. Not that I was disappointed — there's nothing worse than a party packed with zombies only hours after it's started. People like Jennifer, 23, from Macon made sure that didn't happen. With help from Misogyn, 17, who was compensated for helping get the party started, Phantasm party-goers represented the energy and fun of getting high off dancing.

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