Beach Blanket Bands: Summer Concerts Return to Santa Monica Pier

A diverse crop of performers fills out the roster for the recently announced Twilight Concerts at the Pier series

This year will mark the 30th annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier series, but it’s only the second summer that the programming has been handled by promoters Rum & Humble and Spaceland Presents. The former is an independent company who has handled such venues as the Hollywood Bowl while the latter curates shows at the Echo, the Satellite, and First Fridays at the National History Museum, among other venues. Last year, the partnership brought top-notch acts like Jimmy Cliff and Nick Waterhouse to Santa Monica. This year, expect another summer of performances that will span numerous genres from soul to world.

After looking at the lineup for the recently announced 2014 season, which runs from July 10 to September 11, we’re most excited about Omar Souleyman, the Zombies, and Charles Bradley. We’re planning on arriving early as the jumbotron that once gave concertgoers a view of the stage has been nixed. So if you want to see these musicians performing instead of just hearing them, give yourself plenty of time to stake out a spot.

This year’s schedule:

July 10
Cults with James Supercave
Indie popsters Cults received their first wave of recognition after uploading an EP to their Bandcamp page. Since then, the band, which formed in 2010, has hit the festival circuit.

July 17
Yuna with King 
Now based in Los Angeles, Malaysian singer and songwriter Yuna broke out when her single “Live Your Life” got heavy airplay on KCRW. She has since released her second studio album, Nocturnal, and has toured the States.

July 24
Cayucas with PAPA
Santa Monica natives Cayucas will bring their brand of low fi surf pop to the shores.

July 31
Omar Souleyman
Syrian electro pop star Omar Souleyman has collaborated with everyoen from Bjork and Damon Albarn but he only put out his first official release, Wenu Wenu, last October.

August 7
Jagwar Ma
Australian dance pop group Jagwar Ma has received critical praise and a nod of approval from KCRW DJ Jason Bentley, who will also spin at this show. 

August 14
La Santa Cecilia with Sergio Mendoza
Grammy winners and local Latin alternative rock group La Santa Cecilia’s strength comes from traditional musical senses paired with social cause messaging.

August 21
The Zombies with Mystic Braves
UK psych rockers the Zombies are still putting on great shows that highlight their hits from decades ago. Mystic Braves are from modern times but their throwback tunes and style sound and look like they have been transported from the ‘60s.

August 28
Lee “Scratch” Perry with Mexico 68
Legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry has pioneered the sound that made reggae popular and has been a cited influence by tons of bands including the Clash to No Doubt.

September 04

September 11
Charles Bradley with King James & The Special Men
The soul that bursts from every note sung by Charles Bradley, a former James Brown impersonator, grabs you and doesn’t let go. He has a way of mesmerizing audiences and leaving them wanting more.