It has a new name, a new schedule and refocused curation, but the former Twilight Concert Series is returning to the Santa Monica Pier. The free concert series formerly brought indie favorites and up-and-comers to the Pier in the middle of the summer, as well as crowds that were maybe a bit more than the city could handle—notably a 25,000-person turnout for Khalid in 2017.
This time around, Twilight on the Pier kicks off in September—past prime tourist season—and dives deep into a different global sound each Wednesday night. Expect themed nights that draw from Latin, Australian, Afrobeat and South Asian sounds, with notable acts like Brazilian Girls, Betty Who and Fela! The Concert.
The series will now feature three stages instead of just one, with region-specific vendors scattered between as well as a beer garden and games. Notably, the public beach adjacent to the Pier will not be activated as a viewing area anymore, though it’s not clear yet if or how that’ll be enforced.