Live music brings more energy to downtown

Updated: 05/10/2014 10:57 PM | Created: 05/10/2014 7:05 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Friday, Albuquerque concert promoters planned a giant electronic dance music show at Civic Plaza. The goal was to attract people to the heart of downtown for a night of entertainment, and also to show people events like this can be safe and organized.

"Respect the venue, respect the event and respect each other and lets show we can have these things more often," Adam Ornelas of United we RAGE said. "This is in a way a test. If we can show the city and the community we can do this, there'll be a lot more great events here on civic plaza."

Thousands showed up for blaring music by well known dance DJs. Some attendees said they're usually not likely to spend time or money downtown.

"There's only a couple clubs downtown and honestly they're okay, but they're not my first choice, id rather go to a house party or something," one attendee said.

But they say events like this, and more artists coming to Albuquerque, would change that.

"If more people came I think more people would go, it's just a matter of getting people going," another event-goer said.

ABQ Awakening had a zero-tolerance policy for anything illegal, even patting down patrons as they came in. All promotional materials also reminded attendees to be safe, be kind, and have fun.

The goal was to raise awareness of a scene organizers say is open to everyone, and to breathe life into a downtown that developers and city officials are working to pump up.

"I think the potential's there, you see all the people, the college scene too- there's not much to do but everyone will come to something like this," an event-goer said.

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