This September, free concerts return to the Santa Monica with the Twilight on the Pier concert series.
Formerly known as the Twilight Concert Series, Twilight on the Pier has been completely reimagined to offer a culturally-diverse and relevant Pier-wide celebration.
Each of the six days features a mini deep-dive into sounds from all corners of the globe, from South Asia to Africa, complemented by the diverse sounds from Los Angeles.
For five consecutive Wednesday evenings, at the Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401, beginning Sept. 5 and a Sunday evening until Oct. 7, 2018, (Wednesdays; Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3: 6:30 – 9:30pm and Sunday, October 7; 4:00 – 7:00pm), soundwaves from across the globe will canvas the Pier from more than 20 acts from LA and beyond.
For the first time, multiple stages (Pier Deck, Pacific Park, West End), region-specific culinary and craft vendors and immersive art will be incorporated throughout the Pier to create an immersive festival experience. The public beach adjacent to the Pier will not be activated as viewing or picnicking grounds like past seasons; instead, festival-goers will enjoy a Pier-wide takeover outfitted with activations, games and a beer and spirits garden.
Produced by the Santa Monica Pier Corporation (SMPC) and RH&S Concerts, the banner six-week SoCal event features one of the largest rosters of curated talent in the series’ 34-year existence.
“This series is a true celebration of the values that the Pier holds so dearly: diversity, collaboration, and fun,” said SMPC Executive Director Negin Singh. “With two new stages, a new ‘art walk’ vibe, and a focus on creating a sustainable, safe event that will last another 3 decades, Twilight on the Pier will feel different in a lot of ways from past years, but the spirit stays the same: getting people from all walks of life together to connect in a glorious setting with music and art.”
Sept 5 / LATIN WAVE
Havana’s Orquesta Akokan will ignite the festival with ferocious wind and rhythm sections that move like one giant rhythmic machine. Also featuring, Jarina De Marco Quitapenas, Sister Mantos.
Sept. 12 / AUSTRALIA ROCKS THE PIER
The dance party continues on Sept. 12th featuring the vivacious Australian-born Betty Who and her pure pop beats. Also joining the lineup is Touch Sensitive and more are soon to be announced.
Sept. 19 / ISLAND VIBES
Island Vibes take the Pier on Sept. 19th powered by the likes of reggae soul queen Judy Mowatt, Bokante and Danny Holloway.
Sept. 26 / ECLECTIC INDIE
The kaleidoscopic sound of Grammy-nominated Brazilian Girls headline a euphoric eclectic indie lineup. Accompanied by Sudan Archives, Yoya and Capyac.
Oct. 3 / AFROBEAT AND R&B
Afrobeat AND R&B pump up the festival on Oct. 3rd with a Twilight Drum Circle and musical sensation Fela! The Concert, a performance of Fela Kuti’s greatest hits from the Tony award-winning Fela! featuring original cast members. Also Tiffany Gouche and DJ Nnamdi.
Oct. 7 / SOUTH ASIAN SOUNDS
The series can’t stop until South Asia’s Red Baraat throws down a wild and exuberant confluence of Bhangra music with anthemic, psyched-out twists for South Asian Sounds. Also featuring Vidya Vox, DJ Rekha and Disconstan.