Concert on the SM Pier
The Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier has been goin' on now for 25 years. I'm sure I attended the first concert. In those days, my old buddy, Billy Vera and his band, The Beaters were always the first band of the season. When I worked at KPCC-Radio, I used to emcee some of the concerts. The concerts got more and more popular and more crowded. We haven't attended in the past 5 years or so because of the crowds. Also, my fave SnB is on Thursday nights.
We didn't want to miss Dave Alvin and Guilty Women on the SM Pier! Of course, we'd seen Dave with his usual band, The Guilty Men, many times....they're always great! I was intrigued by Dave's change of personnel. The Guilty Women rock! Get the new CD or download it!
This was also a radio reunion of sorts. I used to be a blues d.j. on KPCC-FM (before they switched to an all-talk format in 2000). The man who hired me at KPCC was Rene Engel. He's the organizer of the SM Pier Concerts. Also on hand, two more radio co-workers, Matt Wright and Mia Karnatz.
L.A. Ell and Mia the K
Mia and Rene
Many of our other friends from the roots-music community were backstage too: radio d.j.'s, Kat Griffin, Alan Larman, musicians Rick Shea, Paul Lacques, Marty Rifkin and more. It was a great concert and a wonderful mini-reunion.
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (plus one Guilty Man, Greg Liesz)
This was the first time that I'd seen so many people on the beach, just south of the Pier. There were groups of people with tables, chairs, candles and dinner. They couldn't see the stage, but they could definitely hear the concert as they dined. Great idea!
Picnic on the Beach
We had a wonderful time on the Santa Monica Pier. This is the 100th anniversary of the Pier. Get down to the beach this weekend and enjoy it! Have a marvelous weekend everyone!