Orange County Rave Scene History Lesson
BY DENNIS ROMERO
There was a lot of buzz in clubland last month when the organizers of Electric Daisy Carnival claimed that 135,000 people attended its two-day dance music event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. All the action up there makes it seem like crickets have taken over in Orange County, which has but a handful of regular, DJ-driven events these days. Of course, that wasn't always the case. There was a time when Orange County practically overshadowed L.A. as the rave capital of the nation.
Still, raving would eventually take off anew--in the latter half of the decade. A music industry tiring of grunge rock tapped electronic dance music as the next big thing. It didn't pan out, but rave culture evolved and became club culture. Remnants of the music are now heard on car commercials, on movie soundtracks and in coffee shops. The parties--they don't call them raves anymore--are bigger than ever. Richards does a little event called HARD that has blown the lid off a new generation of dance fans in neon-colored clothing. Coachella is a huge, mainstream rave with indie sensibilities. And it wouldn't have happened without OC's part in bringing a gritty, urban, warehouse phenomenon to tract-house children of America.
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