Los Angeles is a love/hate city. Love the weather, hate the traffic. Love the laid back attitude, hate the pretension. Love the tacos, hate the pizza. The list goes on and on (see this article by Joseph Gordon-Levitt on trying to embrace his inner Angeleno). But because summer is this city’s season to shine and, after all, as Bethany Cosentino so eloquently put it, “we’ve got the ocean, we’ve got the babes, we’ve got the sun, we’ve got the waves”, let’s focus on the positives. And one of those just happens to be the annual Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier.
In short, it’s a series of outdoor concerts by the beach for free. It’s like LA’s equivalent to the rooftop parties of Brooklyn, like a tiny taste of Coachella circa 2001 when it truly was about sights + sounds rather than seen or be seen. Folks young + old migrate to the coast as the sun casts rich copper light over the sea, signally the near-end to another work week. From indie rock to Arabic electro (yes, there is such a thing), previous years have included such acts as Haim, Best Coast, Patti Smith, No Age, Surfer Blood, Dawes, Joan Baez, and many more. The lineup for this season also features some names of note. Opening the season tomorrow are Cults, and later in the season on the 24th, Cayucas + Papa.
Whether you’re living the LA life or not, its events like these that are prime opportunities for savoring summer + reconnecting with your local community. And nearly every city has them – community sponsored gatherings that, no matter where you call home, make you grateful to have one.
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