Jamaican Reggae Legend Toots and the Maytals at the Santa Monica Pier

Toots and the Maytals in concert as part of the 24th Annual Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series presented by Amoeba Music.

Thursday, August 28, 2008
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA

For more info about the 24th Annual Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series, visit www.twilightdance.org/


Parking near the pier is limited - walk, bike or take the Big Blue Bus this summer!  The bike valet will start up at 6:30 p.m. on concert nights, ready to provide safe, secure and convenient parking for thousands of bikes.  The Santa Monica Pier is wheelchair accessible.  For bus information, please visit www.bigbluebus.com and www.mta.net or call 310-451-5444.  There are also a number of pay lots around the 3rd Street Promenade that are pretty reasonable and some not so reasonable.

About the Twilight Dance Series:

The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series presented by Amoeba Music featured three premieres, a 30-year reunion and ten weeks of summer fun in its 24th season!  The concerts kicked off June 26 with an opening night dance party featuring L.A.’s favorite Worldbeatniks The Bonedaddys and Oakland-based soullective Crown City Rockers.  The best in eclectic and worldly rock, pop, jazz and blues will carry through to August 28th’s closing concert, a full evening with Reggae pioneer Toots & the Maytals.

Now too much fun for just two hours, the new concert time is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The season was marked by the West Coast debuts of the hugely popular Italian songstress Carmen Consoli in August; Dominican group Bachata Roja Legends featuring Puerto Plata; and Mike Farris from Nashville, Tennessee, with his tent-revival "Salvation in Lights" band.

Performing together in Southern California for the first time since the 1960s, Peter & Gordon, shared the stage on August 21 with their fellow British Invasion hit-makers Gerry & the Pacemakers.  Also appearing this summer was Michelle Shocked, one of the true originators of what is now commonly referred to as "Americana" and possessed of an iconoclastic, restless and always independent artistic spirit.  We presented the greatest Salsa band in North America, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Zimbabwean cultural icon Oliver Mtukudzi, multi-hyphenate, New World Folkie Juana Molina from Argentina, Ghanaian Reggae/Afropop star Rocky Dawuni and emerging Native American singer/composer Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers.

Check out the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series in Summer 2009 for more excellent entertainment!

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Santa Monica Pier Information Line310-458-8901


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