The lineup for the 35th pier concert series has been announced.

Event organizers renamed the Twilight Concert Series as “Twilight on the Pier” last year and have announced plans to add non-music entertainment to the events this year. The weekly shows will have two music stages and one comedy performance (comedy acts will be announced in July).

“Formerly known as the Twilight Concert Series, Twilight on the Pier has been reimagined to offer a culturally-diverse and unique Pier-wide celebration,” said the lineup announcement. “Each night of the series celebrates a different soundscape from around the world, including long-time favorites (Island Vibes, Aussie Splash and Latin Wave) and new themes (Middle East Beats, Japanese Vibes).”

While entertainment has expanded to three stages, organizers said the adjacent beach is no longer part of the official program.

“Last year we introduced the Pier-wide festival, and this year it’s all about perfecting that experience,” said Executive Director, Negin Singh in a statement. “We learned that people really want to dance on the West End stage while the sun sets, so all of the artists we booked for that stage will make you move. We learned that people want to chill at the Pacific Park Stage, so we’re turning it into a 21+ Comedy Stage. We’re giving people an unforgettable way to experience the Santa Monica Pier, global music, and art, all for free!”

Twilight on the Pier, Wednesdays: August 21, 28, September 4, 11, 18 & 25

7 – 10 p.m. Free. Visit www.twilightsantamonica.org.

Twilight on the Pier kick-off // August 21

Main Stage: ROSTAM

Opener: Dijon

West End: Jen Awad

Latin Wave // August 28

Main Stage: HELADO NEGRO

Opener: San Cha

West End: Banda Las Angelinas

Middle East Beats // September 4

Main Stage: A-WA

Opener: Disco Shrine

West End: Los Angeles Arabs Orchestra

Island Tides // September 11

Main Stage: Hollie Cook

Opener: Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra

West End: Upstream

Aussie Splash // September 18

Main Stage: Methyl Ethel

Opener: APRA Contest Winner

West End: APRA Contest Winner

Japanese Vibes // September 25

Main Stage: Cornelius

Main StageOpener: starRo

West End: TaikoProject

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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