I read Charles Andrews’ column bemoaning the lineup for this year’s Twilight Concert Series and was more than a little bemused as my husband and I found this year’s lineup really exciting and cutting edge (“Santa Monica a home for live music,” Curious City, June 8-9).
I can understand if one has not followed music in the past 30 years (or since he bought his Twilight Dance Series shirt in 1998) that only Jimmy Cliff or English Beat felt familiar or comfortable, but the acts playing this summer include some of the most exciting bands in independent music.
Nick Waterhouse and his retro rhythm-and-blues review should resonate with a lot of “older” folks, and Hanni El Khatib is an amazing straight-ahead rock and roller — not to mention charismatically good looking — who has opened for big names like Florence and the Machine at the Greek Theatre. While No Age and Surfer Blood may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they are well-known bands in their own right with a strong fanbase.
I’m speaking from the perspective of someone in their 50s who has grown in musical taste beyond the beginnings of new wave and reggae and has actually paid to go see these bands when they play locally. So, I say give ‘em a chance. Nothing much to lose considering the price of admission to the free series in a beautiful setting.