Lineup for Santa Monica’s 2017 Twilight Concert Series Announced


Summer is around the corner and in Santa Monica for more than 30 years that has meant free concerts on the Pier.

The lineup for the 33rd annual Twilight Concert Series, sponsored by Snap, Inc., is out today and includes performances by Warpaint, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and R&B artist Khalid. There’s also still one performance to be announced.

While the concerts will be on their usual Thursday evenings starting June 22 and ending on August 17, this year, the series will be shorter as a cost-savings measure. There will be no concert on July 6, given the crowds that usual head to the beach for the July 4 holiday.

“Twilight is not only one of the last great free concert series but an annual exercise in community-building that reconnects families, friends and neighbors, which the City’s own Wellbeing Survey found is one of the primary drivers of a happy community,” Santa Monica Pier’s Executive Director S. Jay Farrand said in a press release Thursday. “The emphasis on the diversity of genres, artists and eras in the lineup ensures a cross pollination of generations, backgrounds and income levels that makes it unique among festivals.”

Despite efforts by some in the community to end the 30-year tradition, city officials approved plans to continue the concerts, at least for the time being. Whether the city will allocate funding to cover the costs of the free concerts remain an open question in the future.

Below you can see a list of the performances scheduled for this year’s series:

Thursday, June 22: Neo Soul / R&B
Bibi Bourelly
Hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

Thursday, June 29: Indie Pop
Coast Modern
Hosted by KCRW DJ Valida

Thursday, July 13: Reggae
Marcia Griffiths
Hosted by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

Thursday, July 20: Rock
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Mr. Elevator
Hosted by KCRW DJ Gary Calamar

Thursday, July 27: Aussie Dance
Miami Horror
Hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Thursday, August 3: Americana
Valerie June
Irma Thomas
Hosted by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd

Thursday, August 10: Latin
Mon Laferte
Hosted by KCRW DJ Raul Campos

Thursday, August 17: Indie Rock / Alt
Performer TBA
Hosted by KCRW DJ Karene Daniel

Jason Islas
Jason Islas
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.

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