Original 'I-Threes' singer Judy Mowatt performs at Twilight on the Pier (Santa Monica Pier)
Event Press release

Twilight On The Pier 2018

About last night. Twilight crowd swayed to “One Love” from original Bob Marley and The Wailers member Judy Mowatt and grooved to the Gaudeloupe sounds of BOKANTÉ on the Main Stage. Twilight Steel Drums made it a Caribbean dance party on the West End Stage. Summer vacation was back in session.
Now it’s time to turn up for a Grammy-nominated electro dance party at Twilight on the Pier. On Wednesday, Sept. 26th, the free concert series unleashes its experimental side for Eclectic Indie. From 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Twilight guests can christen the new album release of NYC’s Brazilian Girls and experience the free-flowing swagger of Sudan Archives. The outdoor music festival is free to attend and offers a Pier-wide immersion of art, food offerings from Smorgasburg LA, and sips from the beer and spirits garden. With three more weeks to go, it’s time to flip the record on the iconic SoCal event.

Wednesdays; Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3:​ 6:30 – 9:30pm
Sunday, October 7; 4:00 – 7:00pm

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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 and a beer and spirits garden. 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 and games along the Pier promenade. Sponsors include Aperol, White Claw, Beanfields, KeVita Kombucha, Lyft, Boxed Water, Zico, Clif, The Albright, Boulevard Brewing Co., Seaside on the Pier, Loews Hotel.

“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.”

The Pier welcomes over 8 million visitors annually from all over the globe. This year, Twilight’s “Local Meets Global” theme not only explores different cultures, but dives deep into the rich diversity within those cultures as well. We’re mixing classic world music with pop jams and indie folk. We’re hearing from artists who live and create in different countries, as well as artists who draw inspiration from those countries but live in LA. We’re seeing artists who helped give birth to their genres, and artists who are carving a new path. In doing all of this, we hope to provide our audience with a deeper understanding of what world music has to offer, and how it influences artists right here at home.

For Sept. 5th’s LATIN WAVES 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. AFRO-BEAT 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.

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