ThinkstockPhotos-585056716.jpgThis story was produced for Dusk Music Festival by Tucson Digital Media.

Tucsonans are counting down the days (8!) until Dusk Music Festival, the city’s first ever music festival of its kind. This one-day event includes festivities for all ages and interests making for a spectacular day of music, art, food, and charity.

The festival will take place at the historic racetrack at Rillito Park next Saturday, October 22, 2016 starting at 1 PM. Tickets are now on sale for discounted pricing at Illegal Pete’s, Sidecar, and Union Public House. General admission tickets, VIP, and parking passes can also be purchased onlineor at the festival. There will also be free shuttles departing from Illegal Pete’s to and from the festival all night to ensure that everyone will be able to make it out to the shindig.

As local entrepreneurs and fellow University of Arizona grads, the four founders of the festival emphasize the need for introducing Tucson to an affordable, fun, and appealing annual event. As a way to give back to the city, Dusk is proud to donate a percentage of the ticket and liquor sales at the festival to deserving local charities. Selected charities include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, the Children’s Museum of Oro Valley, Heirloom Farmer’s Markets, theRialto Theatre, Rillito Park Foundation, and Youth on Their Own.

Festival-goers can expect a night of energizing entertainment from a diverse lineup of acts like RL Grime, Matt & Kim, Danny Brown, DJ Mustard, A-Trak, Calexico, and more. Acts will perform on a state-of-the-art stage situated in the center of the fair grounds.danny_brown.jpg

Dusk is unique in the fact that there is a multitude of featured never-before-seen attractions that are sure to interest anyone and everyone. The festival takes on a Coachella-esque vibe with a Southern Arizona twist in which guests are able to traverse the sunkissed fields to different tents, all while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Catalina Mountains.

Local restaurants and breweries—Empire Pizza, OBON, Prep & Pastry, and many others—will be providing meals and beverages for festival patrons throughout the day. Beer and cocktails will also be served and will include an artificial cactus art garden for guests’ eating and viewing pleasure.

10west.pngOne new attraction that has stirred up some fascination is TENWEST. TENWEST is a dynamic weeklong festival that aims to share perspectives and create innovative solutions within Southern Arizona. TENWEST features workshops, seminars, and demos from four different categories: art, community, technology, and entrepreneurship. This year, Dusk Music Festival acts as the kick-off event for the seven-day conference with a complete tech pavilion on the festival grounds where patrons can view robotic demos and assorted technology displays.


Similar to Coachella, Dusk places heavy attention on enchanting all of the five senses. In addition to musical talent and a carefully curated list of local eats, art is another aspect that makes Dusk an experience not to miss. There will be several installations to peruse throughout the duration of the event. Local muralist, artist, craftsman, and performer, Joe Pagac, has created enormous murals of portraits of each of the featured music acts which will be displayed during the event. Pagac’s work can be seen all around Tucson, most notably the murals on the side of the Rialto Theatre in Downtown Tucson that he creates to highlight and promote upcoming shows. joe_p_calexico.pngDanny_Martin_cactus.png

Another local artist, Danny Martin, will also feature his creative work. Festival-goers will be able to play their own part in this attraction with an interactive art piece created by Martin himself. Martin lives in Tucson where he teaches screen printing at a community college along with creating art shows, illustrations, and commissions for local businesses.

lex_gjurasic_orange.pngLex Gjurasic will lend her talent by creating a cactus garden using recycled Styrofoam. She has also contributed to Tucson’s downtown mural project.

Along with art installments and community creators, Dusk is excited to feature an old-school arcade. The arcade will include #throwback coin games where guests can battle one another and reminisce in the nostalgia of the good ‘ol days of cgabby_molina.pnglassic video games.

Continuing with the vintage theme, Dusk will also feature a silent drive-in that will be showcasing timeless films and shows, along with motion graphic art produced by another local artist Gabriella Molina, for festival-goers to enjoy.

In order to commemorate the first year of the festival, assorted merchandise including T-shirts and hats will be available for purchase on-site.

Bring the whole family for a unparalleled experience and be a part of Tucson history in the making—we’ll see you at Dusk.

For more information on the festival and where to buy tickets, visit the websiteor the official Facebook page. Click below to hear the official Spotify playist for Dusk Music Festival by Ben Anderson.

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