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Paul Johnson (left) and Gil Orr of the Duo-Tones begin the evening theme of 'Surf Guitar' with classic surf sounds during the daylight hours of the Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier.
Roger Morante
Paul Johnson (left) and Gil Orr of the Duo-Tones begin the evening theme of 'Surf Guitar' with classic surf sounds during the daylight hours of the Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier.

News, Santa Monica, Pier, Twilight Concert Series

2012 Twilight Concert Series Line-Up Announced

Posted May. 29, 2012, 10:03 am

Mirror Staff

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 the sounds of an international array of top tier presentations that have traveled from such far flung locales as Mali, Cuba, Australia, and Jamaica.

Every Thursday starting July 5, join the crowd that stretches from the Pier deck to the beach and beyond as the Santa Monica Bay’s gorgeous summer days blend into enchanting evenings of family, friends, music, and magic.

JULY 5: Donavon Frankenreiter + Jeff Young.

JULY 12: The Mighty Diamonds + The Lions.

JULY 19: Haim + Wildcat! Wildcat!

JULY 26: Jackie Greene + Rusty's Surf Ranch Emerging Artist winner.

AUGUST 2: Australia Rocks featuring Kasey Chambers.

AUGUST 9: Parade Collective – Showcase featuring musicians from Cirque du Soleil.

AUGUST 16: Amadou and Mariam + Y La Bamba.

AUGUST 23: Alex Cuba + Lucky 7 Mambo.

AUGUST 30: New Orleans own Hot 8 Brass Band + The Gumbo Brothers.

SEPTEMBER 6: Best Coast.

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May. 30, 2012, 3:02:52 am

Tom Hofer said...

Week 1: Who? Week 2: Who? Week 3: Who? Week 4: Who? Week 5: Who? Week 6: Who? Week 7: OK, them I've heard of. Week 8: Who? Week 9: Who? Week 10: Who?

May. 30, 2012, 3:49:24 am

steven zucker said...

what ever happened to classic rock and well known groups that used to make us go to the pier. I don't recognize anyone on this years list except the Gumbo Bros. are we out of money to attract top bands? If it is truely a dance venue like it was years ago why is there so LITTLE space devoted to a dance floor?

May. 30, 2012, 8:24:06 am

A. P. said...

I would rather see a fat, out of shape lip sync from The Sugar Hill Gang.... Oh wait! They were headliners in previous years! Please cancel the event instead of embarrasing the city with such a bad line up!

May. 30, 2012, 8:47:57 am

Joe Smith said...

OR.......... Instead of complaining about the lineup because it isn't someone you know, how about you come out, enjoy live music, and possibly discover new music you never knew about before??

Jun. 3, 2012, 7:48:04 pm

Matt Horns said...

Back in the day the Twilight Dance Series gave us performances from world-class acts including Bonedaddies, Reverend Horton Heat, Ellen Eivers, Young Dubliners, Dick Dale, Common Sense, Ozo Matli, and other fabulous music performances. For the last several years, the shows have been big disappointments to me. I will keep coming back hoping to experience some great music, but I will not have high hopes based on this lineup.

Jun. 3, 2012, 7:51:25 pm

Matt Horns said...

My favorite music is Afro-funk. A few years ago the Afro band on the pier was boring, something I never imagined could be possible.

Jun. 3, 2012, 7:54:41 pm

Matt Horns said...

August 9 performance with Cirque du Soleil will probably be worth watching. Mighty Diamonds will most likely be great. Still, don't expect much.

Jun. 7, 2012, 9:02:41 am

Peter said...

Well said Joe Smith!

Jun. 8, 2012, 6:24:43 am

Deig Harcann said...

WOW, how ungrateful all of you negative commenting ungratious and non supportive snobs of LA. What about supporting new young up and coming groups? Whats wrong you can take change? These are excellent artist on the line up. We should be happy and grateful that its still available and its still free. If you cant make any positive comments, just keep them to yourself or stay home watching TV.

Jun. 13, 2012, 4:48:20 am

Duff Moses said...

Amadou and Mariam is a HUGE get! They will rock your socks, brilliant band! I am listening to Best Coast right now live on KCRW and I don't think they will disappoint, equally the Mighty Diamonds. I "discovered" Angeliqu Kidjo at one of these show a few years ago and she is still one of my favorites, I have actually paid real money to see her subsequently, which none of us will be doing for all these FREE concerts and the great party on the beach that attends them. Woohoo!

Jun. 21, 2012, 3:09:33 am

Perry said...

So...another fabulous line-up at the pier. Thank you! Do we get the budget that allows for enhanced viewing and sound from the sand? Afterall, 80% of the audience is enjoying the experience from the sand. Unfortunately, the jumbo-tron and expanded sound projected on the sand wasn't featured each week and even worse, the horrible florescent lights glared on us most weeks as well. Would really like to get a response as to why sometimes the lights are on and sometimes they are off? Clearly it's a random decision on the organizers part. I appreciate your reading this comment and look forward to your response. Thanks!

Jun. 21, 2012, 3:38:55 am

Blake Matthews said...

Oh yes to the guy who said turn those lights off, turn up the sound and let us sand dwellers see the show on the big screen! Peace to the peeps on the beach - let us be heard!!!

Jun. 21, 2012, 3:41:50 am

Clayton said...

I'm looking forward to another wonderful summer at the Pier! Please turn off the big lights that shine onto the sand this year! I can't see the performers with those glaring in my eyes!!!!!

Jun. 26, 2012, 12:50:41 pm

td said...

I never heard of any of these groups. It is far too much of a hassle attending these concerts to hope that maybe they are good.

Jul. 10, 2012, 7:58:01 am

francine dancer said...

i go to every dance,got on stage once

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