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.
The first in a series of parties from this first time promoters, went off pretty well. I’ve seen first time parties get pretty bad, but this one wasn’t bad at all. First thing I must give props to is the music. I mean there was some incredible trance bumping the whole night to the morning. The second is the great visuals, which took full use of all the blacklights that were set up. When I arrived in the artist district near downtown LA, I noticed the venue was some kind of gallery or sound stage. The first room you walked into was the ambient-breaks (whatever you want to call it) room.
There were awsome tapestries up on the walls made to react with blacklights and chairs set out on the side. Then you enter a hallway that leads to a little open area in the complex. Christmas lights were decorating the few vines and green life in that area. A nice relaxing place to chill and take a break from dancing. On the other side of the chill out area was the entrance to the main room. After walking through a winding hallway, your introduced to a pretty open space with blasting techno. With sound from Tonka, it was going off, well mostly when Thomas Michael was on.
The first DJ in the main room was Myke McKenzie, it was my first time seeing him spin and I have to give props to the guy ’cause he got me moving. Next was Freddy who had energy of an atom bomb, he was dancing and spinning at the same time. Great set Freddy. Then came the moment most people were waiting for, Thomas Michael. What can I say, unbelievable set. I think it was during his set where I thought I saw everyone in the room dancing, now thats a great sight. He had the energy pumping, he even got a little techno and house in the middle of his set. After his set I was pooped from all that dancing, I was really bummed I couldn’t stay the rest of the night, but I needed some rest. Look for their parties in the future, for a first time production it went pretty well. I’ll be at the next one. Peace.