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Sun City Music Festival draws thousands to Ascarate Park

September 1, 2013


Sept. 01--The rhythm of electronic dance beats and trance music mixed with today's hits and classics blasted through Ascarate Park, drawing thousands to the Sun City Music Festival.

About 15,000 pumped their fists, jumped and rave danced and battled to the different beats on Saturday.

Now in it's third year, the Sun City Music Festival continues to grow, and organizers expect it to attract

more than 30,000 people this weekend.

The music festival will continue at 5 p.m. today at Ascarate Park with Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto headlining the main stage.

Dressed in a pink tutu and white furry boots, Panda Rueda said she had been into electronic dance music for many years.

"I remember listening to this music when I was about seven and thinking it was really great, but no one else liked it," Rueda said. "Now they have festivals for it. It's a dream come true. You don't need words. It's all beat."

Rueda said she attended Saturday's festival for DJ Aoki.

"He's just epic," Rueda said. "I call him kung-fu action rave Jesus. He's for his fans, and it's amazing that they are so dedicated to us."

The event was organized by local promoter Adam Lucero with SMG events and Charlotte, North Carolina's Disco Donnie Presents.

With more than 40 acts and three stages, the DJs competed to hold the crowd's attention.

At the start of the festival hundreds crowded around the main stage and rallied for DJ DeOrro.

But as the music calmed, Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" blasted from the across the park, drawing the crowds toward DJ OOkay.

He held onto the crowd by playing the Star Wars "Cantina" theme.

Jacob Esparza, who wore colorful bracelets and a pair of cat ears, said he decided to go this year because last year's festival left a good impression.

"Everyone complains that there is nothing to do in El Paso," Esparza said. "But you can't complain when you have a big festival like this going on."

The music festival originally kicked off in 2011 at Cohen Stadium with about 15,000 people in attendance.

Last year, promoters had to move the event outdoors to Ascarate Park because of the festival's growing popularity.

Alex Hinojosa may be reached at 546-6137.


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