Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. Unfortunately, the US, it's let's just say... a bit behind in that department. If you ever hear such music on the radio, or even in the street, let me know (for instance, in Australia, I heard great Trance in even a waterslide park of all places, and in Europe you can easily get EDM/Trance on broadcast radio).
Since 2004 (it's not 2016), the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here, and we're lucky to have at least one or two big Trance parties per year, so yeah!
With San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.
Over time, I've seen many of my favorite DJs across the world, whether it was locally, in New York City, Canada, Australia, and of course Ibiza, and at Halloween 2004, I finally attended some great local parties that proved that you could get the good stuff locally too (even if all the artists came from other countries .
Over the years, I also got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once:
After the loss of Ruby Skye, it was great to have another venue along with Verso (and 1015). It's conveniently located close to the freeway and plenty of street parking.
The venue was also very laid back, which was duly appreciated.
The main room is not huge, but of reasonable size. The top floor room is much smaller though. I'm also afraid that many people may not have noticed the stairs to it, in the back.
The decors have potential, they put work into them, but I think they'll have to put more work into driving them during the performances (lights and lasers were present, but didn't feel used too much). The good news is that, it'll be easily fixed :)
The lineup was solid:
I was only able to stay awake long enough to stay until 03:00, and here are some pictures below:
40mn summary of most of the night (22:00 to 03:00):