Here's What Phoenix's Rave Scene Looked Like In The '90s

Here's What Phoenix's Rave Scene Looked Like In The '90s

Phoenix was a haven for raves in the ‘90s. During the heyday of electronic dance music more than 20 years ago, dance parties took place at local warehouses and venues like The Icehouse on the regular, often attracting hundreds of people eager to get their groove on. The music and fashion at these events were markedly different, and now-legendary DJs like Z-Trip, Pete Salaz, and CL McSpadden were regular performers.

In honor of the Family Reunion parties taking place from Wednesday, November 27, to Sunday, December 1 (which will include performances by several legendary local DJs), we’re taking a look back at Phoenix’s rave scene of the ‘90s. Grab some kandi and a pair of JNCO jeans as we trip back in time.

Note: Phoenix New Times would like to thank Ramy Hosseinie for the use of his photos.


Phoenix was a haven for raves in the ‘90s. During the heyday of electronic dance music more than 20 years ago, dance parties took place at local warehouses and venues like The Icehouse on the regular, often attracting hundreds of people eager to get their groove on. The music and fashion at these events were markedly different, and now-legendary DJs like Z-Trip, Pete Salaz, and CL McSpadden were regular performers.

In honor of the Family Reunion parties taking place from Wednesday, November 27, to Sunday, December 1 (which will include performances by several legendary local DJs), we’re taking a look back at Phoenix’s rave scene of the ‘90s. Grab some kandi and a pair of JNCO jeans as we trip back in time.

Note: Phoenix New Times would like to thank Ramy Hosseinie for the use of his photos.
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