The Westside's most iconic music event has found a fresh groove. This September, free concerts return to the Santa Monica with the TWILIGHT ON THE PIER concert series. For five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 5 and a Sunday evening finale on Oct. 7, soundwaves from across the globe will canvas the pier from more than 20 acts from LA and beyond. 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.
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 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.
For Sept. 5th's LATIN WAVE lineup, Havana's ORQUESTA AKOKAN will ignite the festival with ferocious wind and rhythm sections that move like one giant rhythmic machine. The dance party continues through week two's AUSTRALIA ROCKS THE PIER on Sept. 12th featuring the vivacious Australian-born BETTY WHO and her pure pop beats. ISLAND VIBES take the Pier on Sept. 19th powered by the likes of reggae soul queen JUDY MOWATT. On Sept. 26th, the kaleidoscopic sound of Grammy-nominated BRAZILIAN GIRLS headline a euphoric ECLECTIC INDIE lineup. AFROBEAT AND R&B pumps 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! The Musical featuring original cast members. 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 on Oct. 7th.
"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 three 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."
"Twilight returns to its roots with the reimagined 'Twilight on the Pier' focused on celebrating our beloved coastal treasure," said Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis. "We hope locals will come out this fall to enjoy a new take on an old tradition with a focus on art and culture to be enjoyed by all generations."
Sept 5 / LATIN WAVE
JARINA DE MARCO
Sept. 12 / AUSTRALIA ROCKS THE PIER
more announced soon!
Sept. 19 / ISLAND VIBES
Sept. 26 / ECLECTIC INDIE
Oct. 3 / AFROBEAT AND R&B
FELA! THE CONCERT
TWILIGHT DRUM CIRCLE
Oct. 7 / SOUTH ASIAN SOUNDS
ABOUT THE SERIES
New name, new season, new vision: introducing Twilight on the Pier! The outdoor music festival that's almost as iconic as the Pier itself is back for the 34th year. The 2018 series will spotlight the best and brightest SoCal has to offer and unique artists from around the world - a truly Local Meets Global experience. With stages on the Pier Deck, in Pacific Park, and the West End, each night of the series will be a Pier-wide festival, complete with immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games and interactive activations all along the Pier promenade. Sponsors include Aperol, White Claw, Beanfields, KeVita Kombucha, Lyft, Boxed Water, Zico, Clif, The Albright.