SM PIER — Jamaican harmonies, indie rock and salsa music will roll with the crashing waves at this year’s Twilight Concert Series.
The Santa Monica Pier’s free summer tradition will begin July 5, with the beach-appropriate songs of surfer/singer Donavon Frankenreiter and the soul music of Jeff Young’s Song & Dance Society.
Concerts will be held every Thursday for nine consecutive weeks and span musical genres from around the world.
This year will mark the 28th anniversary of the event’s inception.
“We are nearing 30 years on a treasured Santa Monica legacy,” said Mayor Richard Bloom. “Free summer concerts on the Santa Monica Pier are woven into the fabric of our identity, and the continued contributions and support from the southern California community demonstrate the overwhelming desire to preserve and celebrate this remarkable cultural institution.”
Performances range from a reggae-themed concert on July 12 to an indie line-up July 19. In August, one concert will feature jam sessions with musicians from “Cirque du Soleil.”
Here’s the schedule for this year’s series:
• July 12: Jamaican harmony trio The Mighty Diamonds and Los Angeles-based reggae band The Lions
• July 19: Los Angeles-based indie acts HAIM and Wildcat! Wildcat!
• July 26: Organic jam rocker Jackie Greene
• Aug. 2: Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers
• Aug. 9: PARADE Collective — Jam sessions featuring musicians from Cirque du Soleil
• Aug. 16: African rock from Mali’s Amadou & Mariam paired with Portland Scene-stealers Y La Bamba
• Aug. 23: Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba and the salsa dance sounds of Lucky 7 Mambo
• Aug. 30: New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band and Louisiana funk band The Gumbo Brothers
• Sept. 6: Southern California Indie breakout act Best Coast