DUSK Takes Over Tucson!
DUSK Music Festival takes over Tucson, Arizona for the weekend of November 11th and 12th. This annual festival never fails to impress with its curated lineup, vendors, and art installations. DUSK has been able to evolve over the years with the amazing support of many sponsors and community partners such as Rio Nuevo, Iridius Capital, HSL Properties, and more. To see the full of sponsors, click here.
Location, Layout, and Production
DUSK is a two day festival that is located within the boundaries of Jàcome Plaza in Downtown Tucson. One of the best qualities of DUSK is that it brings a big production of a major festival down the style of a neighborhood block party. This unique location was able to hold three main stages, various art installations, plenty of hang-out spots for attendees, and over forty vendors. The layout made it easy for attendees to move around and no area felt crowded. There was also street and garage parking in the surrounding areas and entry to the festival was easy to find.
Over the weekend, DUSK featured many artists that come from a variety of genres such as Rock, EDM, Alternative, and more.
Day 01: Griz, Young the Giant, Cannons, Nora En Pure, Zomboy, Aluna, Breakup Shoes, KennyHoopla, Kyle Walker, Slothrust, Spag Heddy, Nomadik, Ben Dro, Svnday Drvr, KOL, M-Okay, Tonight’s Sunshine, Gone Before Us, Que
Day 02: Alison Wonderland, Nghtmre, Sofi Tucker, 4B, Dillion Nathaniel, Dion Timmer, INZO, Lauren Sanderson, Ranger Trucco, Royal & the Serpent, Sophie Powers, Bummer Girl, Lubelski, Alice.km, Dennett, Tavatli, Aja Cruz & Posi, Gasp!, Big Meridox & Bonus, Noah Martin Band, Orchadia, Shifty
Food and Drink
DUSK featured some tasty food vendors such as Danny’s Vegan, Ray Ray’s Sonoran Tea, Dante’s Fire, Fresco Pizzeria, Barrio Brewing Co., Culinary Dropout, Gastronomic Union of Tucson, and more!
One aspect of DUSK that I have always admired are the praiseworthy curated drinks they offer. These drinks are inspired by popular songs of the artists performing. For example, “Feel No Pain” features Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, orange tea, and ginger bitters. “Silvertongue” features Don Julio Blanco Tequila, grapefruit, rose, lime, silver dust, and smoked chili bitters. “Purple Hat” featured Smirnoff Vodka, strawberry, blueberry, lemon, holy flower, and plum bitters. Lastly, “Gud Vibrations” featured Seedlip Garden 108 (zero proof), cucumber, mint, basil, and lime.
Other drink options included Ciroc, Budlight, Crown Royal, Red bull, and more.
Art Installions and Vendors
Tucson ARTS, presented by Dependable Health Services, showcased various sculptures, digital art, lighting exhibits, and more at DUSK.
Tucson PLAYS, presented by HSL Properties, had fun activities for attendees to enjoy such as cornhole, ladder toss, a mechanical bull, and more.
Tucson SHOPS, presented by Rio Nuevo, had all kinds of foods including fashion, fun pet clothes, fun trinkets, and more.
Vendors included Funky Junk, Tarot With Sarah, Bookmans, Faux Co., Mestizo Studio, Moon Lvnding, Color Queen Art, and more.
I also want to give a special shoutout to manicquins for their amazing custom mannequins!
I would highly recommend any of my fellow festival goers to attend DUSK! It has made great strides since 2016 and is constantly evolving. Be sure to follow all their socials to stay up to date with future news!
All photos were captured by Alexander Peet!