Post by Lindsay Taub of the Pacific Punch
The Twilight Dance Series has been an annual fixture on the Santa Monica Pier since 1983, when it began with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Save the Pier WeekÃ¢â‚¬Â and has since become a hallmark of the Santa Monica community. Now in its 27th year, the summer concert series (a production of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation) is in full swing again presenting ten free concerts on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier. The series began July 7, and the crowds on the Pier and the beaches below are growing by the week, with the always-popular reggae night this past Thursday.
The concerts feature high-profile artists from all over the world, every Thursday night, from 7 to 10 p.m., bringing the westside of LA a treasured weekly live music experience. Each week showcases a different musical genre: The SaMo Mambo: Salsa, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ80s Pop, Australia Rocks the Pier!, Reggae/Ska, La Monica Ballroom Then & Now, Making Waves: A Night of Surf Guitar, Tango on the Timbers, Americana, and New Orleans Funk and Blues.
Concerts are scheduled through September and the line-up includes:
- August 4, Rock of the Bay (presented by Cirque du Soleil)
- August 11, La Monica Ballroom Then & Now: Royal Crown Revue, Orgone, and Ameera
- August 18, Making Waves: A Night of Surf Guitar: Duo-Tones, Slacktone, and The Eliminators
- August 25, Tango on the Timbers: Milongatron, (tango lessons start at 6 p.m.)
- September 1, Americana: Dawes (plus the winner of RustyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Surf Ranch emerging artist competition)
- September 8, New Orleans Funk & Blues (presented by Bloomingdales)
Concert organizers have also put the Ã¢â‚¬Å“danceÃ¢â‚¬Â back into Twilight Dance Series by including a dance floor on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier for select shows.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Free summer concerts on the pier have become a cultural and historical phenomena and we made a collective effort to deliver the quality and community experience that has come to define this cultural institution,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Kent Smith, chair of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation.
The ten-concert season is presented in partnership with OneWest Bank, the largest Southern California-based bank, as part of their organized effort to support local initiatives that contribute to a more vibrant California. Additional sponsors include the Australian Consulate and Cotton On, Cirque du Soleil, Bloomingdales, and media partner KCRW 89.9 FM.
Parking can be challenging at best, but for locals who can ride a bike there, the City of Santa Monica provides a free bike valet, stationed on the beach next to the bicycle path on the south side of the pier.
***Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/media strategist with a passion for travel, photography, nature, adventure, and wine. She resides in LA with her pups and heads up the soon-to-be-launched Pacific Punch. Follow her on twitter @lindsaytaub58 and email email@example.com***