California Collective was held January 23, 1999, at the Masterdome/San Bernadino Sports Arena in San Bernadino and was thrown by Go Ventures. This was Go Ventures’ thank you party for all of 1998, and a free CD was given as a part of this gesture.
Although the venue is called a sports arena, it’s more like a high school auditorium, with bleachers on both sides of the dance floor. The venue has two areas, one indoor and one outdoor, with a total capacity of about 2,200. House was being played in the main, indoor room and jungle in the outdoor area. Security was very friendly and non-intrusive. The venue was packed, but never got too hot.
As for lighting and visuals, Go Ventures always does a good job. Inside, there was a large video screen along with a large ballon with a video being projected on it. They had great lighting along with a few nice lasers. Outside, was pretty lit up by regular lights, but they had colored lights going as well.
The music at California Collective was pretty good I thought, even though I don’t like the progressive house all that much. I thought Charles Feelgood, Barry Weaver, and Green Velvet did the best performances of the night. It was cool when Feelgood and Green Velvet did a 2×4. In the jungle room, Mark Luv did a great hip-hop performance, and LA favorites R.A.W., Deacon, and Heretic all pleased the crowd. Around 4:30 AM, the jungle stopped, and Wilhelm K. came onto the decks surprisingly! He was at California Collective passing out tapes, but he wasn’t announced to be spinning. It was great to see some unexpected stuff happening at the party.
California Collective was a fun mid-sized rave put on by a promoter that usually does large events, but the results turned out great. More mid-sized events from them would be great, although their large-scale events are still fun too.