The world of electronic dance music (EDM) has come a long freakin way from the days of secret raves and Frankie Bones. With the melding of sounds forming a whole new musical style, Dub Step has helped add new fuel to an otherwise previously underground fire.
This is about to be one of those "I've been around a while and if you remember this so have you" moments. Last time around when EDM enjoyed any real popularity, raves were the big thing. I spent a lot of time in the desert and raves back then took place with a generator and wide open space. You would drive to the middle of f'ing nowhere and wait for a pay phone at the gas station to ring with directions to the event. Once the authorities caught wind of that method, and while pagers were a thing, you could page a number and get a call back to a similar gas station set up with more info.
Those days are long gone and now events are better staffed, safer and generally improved. As long as EDM has been successful in Western Washington, the gang at USC have been throwing cool events that get bigger and bigger culminating in this weekend's super party Paradiso. I don't know a whole lot about EDM (specifically how to dance) but it doesn't take a rocket engineer (my father) to realize combining a dance party with The Gorge will kill!
Here's some in crowd footage of one of their more recent events - that's right, USC puts on Freaknight and Tiesto got people fired up inside.... think what will happen outdoors!