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Scaled-Down Pier Concert Series Returns This Month

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By Lookout Staff

August 7, 2019 -- From the Middle East to Australia and Japan to the Caribbean, global sounds will once again take over the Santa Monica Pier starting this month.

On Wednesday, August 21, the Twilight on the Pier concert series kicks off its 35th season and the second since it was scaled down last year to reduce record crowds.

The "Local Meets Global" concerts -- which take place Wednesday evenings through September 25 -- celebrate "different cultural soundscapes, mixing classic world music with pop jams and indie folk," concert organizers said.
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"We're highlighting artists who live and create in different countries, as well as artists who draw inspiration from those countries but live in LA."

Performed on three separate stages, the concerts offer "a deeper understanding of what world music has to offer, and how it influences artists right here at home," organizers said.

The series kicks off August 21 with a mix of American genres that hit closer to home -- the art pop and indie rock of Rostam, the alt-R&B and slo-jams of Dijon and the retro soul of Jen Awad.

The series then takes a musical tour around the world with Latin Wave, Middle East Beats, Island Tides and Aussie Splash, before ending with Japanese Vibes.

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The final concert features the Shibuya Fantasy Pop of Cornelius, the Tokyo DJ grooves, house and electronic sounds of Starro and the traditional Japanese drumming of Taikoproject. For the full schedule click here

Last year's concerts succeeded in dwindling the crowds attracted by major artists that were so large they spurred public safety concerns ("Santa Monica Pier Concert Series Succeeds in Drawing Much Smaller Crowds," September 13, 2018).

Last year's crowds were about one-third the size of those in 2017, when the concerts were policed by more than 100 law enforcement officers from Santa Monica and officers from four other jurisdictions

The City Council approved the changes in December 2017, when it rejected a recommendation from staff to put the series on a one-year hiatus ("Santa Monica 'Twilight' Concert Series on Pier Survives Proposal for 2018 Hiatus," December 13, 2017).

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