The Twilight Concert Series is Southern California’s largest free concert series and will return for its 33rd annual season at the iconic Santa Monica Pier on June 22, 2017. The all-ages concert series, co-produced by the Santa Monica Pier Corp. & RH&S Concerts, continues to soundtrack Thursday evenings in Southern California. The series kicks off on June 22 and goes through August 17—with a hiatus on July 6—and each concert will run from 7:00-10:00pm.
Known as one of the premier free concert series throughout the U.S., the annual genre-crossing line-up offers musical exploration to guests at one of the most iconic beaches in America. Each week, The Twilight Concert Series will include multiple acts and nod to a specific musical theme. This year’s line-up features:
THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES 2017
Presented By Snap Inc.
Thursday, June 22: Neo Soul / R&B
Hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez
Thursday, June 29: Indie Pop
Hosted by KCRW DJ Valida
Thursday, July 13: Reggae
Hosted by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges
Thursday, July 20: Rock
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Hosted by KCRW DJ Gary Calamar
Thursday, July 27: Aussie Dance
Hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox
Thursday, August 3: Americana
Hosted by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd
Thursday, August 10: Latin
Hosted by KCRW DJ Raul Campos
Thursday, August 17: Indie Rock / Alt
Hosted by KCRW DJ Karene Daniel
This year, Snap Inc, parent company of Snapchat, returns as the series’ title sponsor. The Los Angeles-based company is once again collaborating with The Pier to bring a myriad of immersive and hands-on experiences to The Twilight Concert Series for attendees of all ages to enjoy, including new carnival-style activities and a large-scale art installation by Snarkitecture.
The Twilight Concert Series 2017 media partners include KCRW. The series is part of the station’s celebrated Summer Nights which features free, all-ages, outdoor shows throughout communities in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.
This year, the Pier has made a commitment to make getting to the concerts easier than ever. In addition to encouraging concert goers to take the Expo train line running from Union Station through West Los Angeles to Santa Monica, they will be adding an UBER/LYFT drop-off/pick-up zone at Olympic and Main, an extra bike valet on Ocean and Broadway and are developing maps to show all easy non-driving options like EXPO, Bus, Bike valets, Breeze Bikeshare & ridesharing locations available at HowToTwilight.com. Additionally, the Pier has a new campaign to reduce trash on the beach with Beach Trash Ambassadors reminding people to pack out what they pack in, make sure no glass gets buried in the sand, pick up stray items and show people the closest bin.
“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,” notes the Santa Monica Pier’s Executive Director S. Jay Farrand. “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.”