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Santa Monica Pier Concerts Every Thursday Starting July 10, 2014

englishbeat-santamonicapier-janetgervers-santamonica-musicThe fun filled musical experience known as the Santa Monica Pier Concerts starts on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 7 – 10pm on the Santa Monica Pier every Thursday through September 11, 2014!

It’s officially called “Twilight Concerts” which sounds like some sort of symphony orchestra or ballroom dancing event , which is far from the fun filled music scene on the beach and pier. My Venice Life  calls it the “Santa Monica Pier Concerts” or just plain “Pier Concert” along with everyone else we know. See the photo of English Beat from 2012 by My Venice Life Editor Janet Gervers.

2014 brings an eclectic mix of many unknown musicians, however, rest assured there is generally good music and good times. There are two headline names this year; the Zombies on August 21 and Lee “Scratch” Perry on August 28. If you’re not into the music or just want to be mellow yellow, the beach is  the place to go. Bring a blanket, some eats n’ drinks and hang with your friends while you watch  on the big screen; the sound system has improved over the years so you can hear it better on the beach, though not perfect.

Listening to music on the Santa Monica Pier is a whole lot of fun, for those of us not turned off by crowds), and is a great way to experience live music, discover a new band for the first time and dance with your friends- yes, all at once!

My Venice Life recommends getting there as early as possible as it gets super crowded really early, whether you are on the beach or pier. The beach is easier to go to, however, it can be hard to find your peeps when there are a sea of blankets. If you’re going to be on the pier, there are  two main security check points which are  a real pain to go through and have unfortunately gotten worse over the years.

At a certain point both entrances to the pier are blocked with the security guards at one entrance by the steps telling you to go around to the opposite side of the pier with the wood walkway, not easy in a big crowd, then to be told to go to the other side of the pier, or that they will let people in later. Sorry, but they never do and this system really needs improvement. Hopefully the  organizers will see this and do something about it ( yes we are sending a link to them to see this).

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Musical Lineup for 2014 Santa Monica Pier Concerts

CULTS W/ JAMES SUPERCAVE + KCRW DJ MARION HODGES
Thursday 07/10

YUNA W/ KING + KCRW DJ ANTHONY VALADEZ
Thursday 07/17

CAYUCAS / PAPA + KCRW DJ CHRIS MUCKLEY
Thursday 07/24

OMAR SOULEYMAN W/ DE LUX + KCRW DJ AARON BYRD
Thursday 07/31

JAGWAR MA + KCRW DJ JASON BENTLEY
Thursday 08/07

LA SANTA CECILIA W/ SERGIO MENDOZA Y LA ORKESTRA + KCRW DJ RAUL CAMPOS
Thursday 08/14

THE ZOMBIES W/ MYSTIC BRAVES + KCRW DJ DAN WILCOX
Thursday 08/21

LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY W/ MEXICO 68 + KCRW DJ JEREMY SOLE
Thursday 08/28

OK GO W/ ALLAH-LAS
Thursday 09/04

CHARLES BRADLEY W/ KING JAMES & THE SPECIAL MEN
Thursday 09/11

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