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Dusk Music Festival stepping up security

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TUCSON - The Dusk Music Festival returns to Tucson this weekend for its second year and after the tragedy in Las Vegas, organizers are preparing for big crowds and a heightened level police and security presence.

Last year over 4,000 people attended the inaugural Dusk Music Festival in Tucson, Frank Apodaca says he plans on being there this year even following the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas.

“I'm not going to live my life scared,” said Apodaca. “I'm inclined to know that there are more great people out there in the world than those few negatives so I'm not going to stop.”

With that mindset, concert organizers, Grant Krueger and Steve Stratigouleas are still expecting twice the number of concert goers than last year.

“Our hearts immediately go out to the families affected by this and the first responders that helped the cause and it immediately had us reflect on our own security,” said Krueger.

The two organizers have met with multiple agencies including the Pima County Sheriff's Department and Tucson Police Department to increase the level of police presence at the event with more marked and unmarked officers. The private security firm hired to work the event will also be stepping up personnel.  

“Music has always been a universal language to bring people together and spread joy,” said Krueger. “We're hoping people won't react upon one coward instead use this as an opportunity to come together.”

To raise money for the victims of the Route 91Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas there will be a donation booth set up at the Dusk Music Festival this weekend.

For more information on the items allowed into the event, click here.

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