BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A week after the rave called “Project P” that drew thousands to a Mecosta County farm, family members of two organizers facing felonies are warning others about throwing future raves.
Alex Johnson, the brother of Brittany Johnson, one of the young people charged in connection with throwing the rave, remembers the party fondly, but says his sister has been unfairly charged.
“It was nuts, it was completely absolutely crazy. Best party I’ve been to,” Alex Johnson said.
Alex Johnson told 24 Hour News 8 his sister didn’t deserve to be arrested in the first place, saying she was only responsible for social media.
“No, it’s not Brittany’s fault. It doesn’t matter who hosts it or who is trying to get a lot of people in there, it’s just whoever’s house it is and who is actually running the party,” Alex Johnson said. “That should be the people who should actually be charged for it.”
Three people are facing felonies in connection with the Mecosta County party.
20-year-old Johnson of Cedar Springs; 21-year-old James Taylor — who owns the Hinton Township property where the party was held; and Danny Misner, 21, of Howard City are all accused of maintaining, operating or furnishing a location and collecting fees for parking at the party where alcohol was being served without a liquor license.
After spending a few days behind bars, Johnson’s family bailed her out of jail Saturday afternoon.
“We were raising money then my grandma’s like, ‘I’m sick and tired of her just not being here, so I might as well go get her out right now,’” Alex Johnson explained.
Brittany Johnson wasn’t home Saturday afternoon when 24 Hour News 8 tried to talk with her.
Alex Johnson offered only this advice to those who want to throw copy cat parties, “good luck that’s all I’m saying good luck.”
He also said throwing a rave of that scale is too much responsibility and won’t happen again, at least from that trio.
“You don’t know what people are going to do now like overdosing, rape and any of that stuff. You just don’t know what people are gonna do.”
The organizer for another massive party, called Project Michigan, that was planned for next week has told 24 Hour News 8 he’s scaling it back. He said Saturday evening, he’s moving it to an indoor venue in downtown Grand Rapids. He said there will be about 250 security personnel on the scene of the event.
He didn’t want to speak with 24 Hour News 8 on camera, but on the group’s page it states that the move would allow the party to happen safely “without the cops coming and shutting us down.”