Posted Sep. 8, 2012, 2:32 am
The 28th annual Twilight Concert Series came to a close on Thursday, Sept. 6. The flurry of onlookers left only standing room on the pier, and nearly outweighed the magnitude of the acts showcased.
Posted Sep. 5, 2012, 2:05 am
The heat relinquishing a bit serves as a reminder that this summer is coming to an end. Conclusively, so is this year’s annual Twilight Concert Series. Some remarkable acts have pleased crowds well into the thousands over the past couple of months. And pier-goers have been exposed to music from all walks of life.
Posted Aug. 31, 2012, 11:00 pm
The moon was nearly full on Thursday as two funk bands coaxed a party out of Pier-goers. Patrons howled out familiar tunes, and became part of the revelry as their thumping feet echoed off the break.
Posted Aug. 29, 2012, 2:13 am
Two big band sounds were scheduled be showcased at the ninth and penultimate Twilight Concert of the summer this Thursday, Aug. 30. The spirit of New Orleans was planned to be brought to the stage by headliners Hot 8 Brass Band. However, Hurricane Isaac has forced Hot 8 Brass Band to cancel their planned appearance as six of the eight-man band are stranded in the Gulf region.
Posted Aug. 24, 2012, 9:20 am
A slight sticky breeze and overcast sky couldn't hamper the heat of Thursday night's Twilight Concert Series. A faint smell of the sea, cilantro, rice, and beans filled the air. And hungry or not, people came out to dance.
Posted Aug. 23, 2012, 2:06 am
Spanish speakers rejoice: the eighth Twilight Concert of the summer presents two bands rooted in Latin culture. Alex Cuba will headline tonight, Aug. 23 with a sound that breaks most genres. Originally from Artemisa, Cuba, he has spent the past 13 years living in Smithers, B.C. With a style that musically crosses borders, the world is Cuba’s territory.
Posted Aug. 18, 2012, 2:00 am
Headliners Amadou & Mariam were greeted by one of the largest crowds of this summer's Twilight Concert Series on Thursday. Stretching to the back of the Pier's perimeters and spilling down onto the sand, supporters were half the spectacle.
Posted Aug. 15, 2012, 2:08 am
A musical combination of sophistication and simplicity will be showcased this Thursday, Aug. 16 at the seventh Twilight Concert of this summer. Headlining from Bamako, Africa – Amadou & Mariam’s music captures both the organic and electronic soul of music. Expanding genres, the blind husband and wife duo present a sound that is both exotic and captivating.
Posted Aug. 10, 2012, 7:46 am
The regular mix of families, bubble blowers, and beach-goers greeted more than 20 musicians from three Las Vegas-based Cirque du Soleil shows this Thursday night on the Santa Monica Pier.
Posted Aug. 9, 2012, 2:13 am
The music from Cirque du Soleil’s enduring mystique will be showcased during the sixth night of the Twilight Concert Series tonight, Aug. 9. KCRW DJ Marion Hodges will introduce a night of vastly different music to cater to our assorted melange of tastes.
Posted Aug. 3, 2012, 8:35 am
The fifth night of this summer's Twilight Concert Series unfolded an assortment of talent hailing from “down under” on Thursday. Austral...
Posted Aug. 1, 2012, 1:59 am
The illustrious Australian singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers will be headlining this Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. American folk music seems to be no hurdle for “down under” musicians, as Rolling Stone recently reported “the freshest young voice in American roots music is an Australian.”
Posted Jul. 31, 2012, 2:19 am
Australian Jamie Durie, internationally celebrated landscape designer, horticulturalist, host of "The Outdoor Room" and author of The Outdoor Room," will host Australia Rocks the Pier, presented by G'Day USA, which returns for it's third year to the Santa Monica Pier this Thursday, Aug. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., as part of the Twilight Concert Series.
Posted Jul. 27, 2012, 12:54 am
A gorgeous Santa Monica sunset distracted the crowd from a chilly breeze during the fourth night of the Twilight Concert Series on Thursday night. Dan Wilcox of KCRW presented an unannounced surprise.
Posted Jul. 25, 2012, 2:05 am
With three concerts in the books and another seven to go, this summer’s Twilight Concert Series has had no problem catering to crowds in the thousands. After the beach-funk sounds of Donavon Frankenreiter, the soulful tunes of Jeff Young and the Song and Dance Society, reggae night featuring The LIONS and Arise Roots, and last Thursday night’s indie acts HAIM and Wildcat! Wildcat!, the pier will be presented with the Americana grace of Jackie Greene’s music.
Posted Jul. 21, 2012, 1:18 am
The sun painted a clementine background as two up-and-coming indie rock groups warmed up their vocal cords on the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday. Two trios – Wildcat! Wildcat! and HAIM – performed as part of the third night of this summer's Twilight Concert Series.
Posted Jul. 18, 2012, 2:00 am
Two Los Angeles-based indie acts will bring their unique sounds to the Santa Monica Pier this Thursday, July 19 for the summer’s third Twilight Concert Series concert. The annual event has had no trouble entertaining crowds, drawing thousands in its 28th year of existence.
Posted Jul. 13, 2012, 2:06 am
Despite a steady drizzle Thursday night, thousands of onlookers came to enjoy live reggae music at the Santa Monica Pier for the second performance night of the Twilight Concert Series.
Posted Jul. 6, 2012, 2:27 am
KCRW's Travis Holcombe introduced the first of ten free concerts on the Santa Monica Pier this Thursday, July 5 to a myriad of bubble blowers, beach ball punchers, families, friends, and anxious music connoisseurs.
Posted Jul. 5, 2012, 2:09 am
A wave of locals and tourists alike will take to the Santa Monica Pier tonight, July 5 to enjoy the first of 10 shows that will be part of the 28th Annual Twilight Dance Series.
Posted May. 29, 2012, 10:03 am
The line-up for the 28th Annual Twilight Concert Series has been announced. The Santa Monica Pier will play host to all music lovers with th...
Posted Mar. 28, 2012, 2:03 am
Entries are now being accepted for the 28th Annual Twilight Concert Series' Poster Contest. The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation ...
Posted Feb. 23, 2012, 3:04 am
The 2012 Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series will be produced by Rum & Humble, under the leadership of industry veteran Martin Fleischman...
Posted Sep. 9, 2011, 12:00 pm
The finale of this year's Twilight Dance Series on Thursday included two New Orleans-based bands at the Santa Monica Pier, headlined by Jon Cleary'...
Posted Sep. 7, 2011, 2:43 am
Bring your Mardi Gras beads, ball masques, and bebop for an all night long bona fide funk music program from Louisiana for the tenth and final inst...