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Catch the Spirit at the Pier Thursday Night

By Lookout Staff

August 8 -- A hip-hop group known for its spirituality and an acclaimed international choir should make the spirit move at the Santa Monica pier Thursday night.

Founded by principal lyricist Speech and Rasa Don in 1992, progressive hip-hop group Arrested Development shot to the top of the charts, selling 5 million copies of its debut album “3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of. . .” and winning Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Single.

With hits like "Tennessee," "People Everyday" and "Mr. Wendal," the band earned a reputation for a spiritual, introspective sound known as "life music." Recently released, their newest album, “Since the Last Time” refers to the amount of time passed since they were last heard.

Arrested Development were the first African-American artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, South Africa, as well as donating royalties to the National Coalition for the Homeless and to UNICEF for relief in Sudan, Africa. Speech has just received a proclamation from the City of Atlanta (Arrested Development’s adopted home) honoring his commitment to bettering the world.

The acclaimed Agape International Choir uses the universal language of music to inspire peace and goodwill in the global community -- from Santa Monica to South Central and from Somalia to South Africa. Under the direction of Dr. Rickie Byars Beckwith, the Agape Choir has performed at the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Greek Theatre, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and has been featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music.

The choir sings a unique catalogue of original songs by Rickie BB and her husband Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, who has won wide acclaim after he was featured in the best-selling book, “The Secret.”

“The Agape Choir shows the face of Divine in all its diversity, united in song,” according to a statement from the group. “From the power of a cappella prayer to rousing rhythmic celebration and affirmation, their music moves listeners from all walks of life until they’re dancing in the aisles.”

The Santa Monica Pier is located at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. The Pier strongly recommends walking, biking and using mass transit to get to the concerts as parking near the Pier is limited. The concerts will offer free valet bike parking to our patrons at the western entrance to the shows.

For those who insist on driving, parking is available in beach parking lots located at 2030 Barnard Way and 1550 PCH, both accessible off Ocean Avenue south of the Pier. The 2030 lot is a short walk up the beach path from the Pier.

For bus information, please visit www.bigbluebus.com and www.MTA.net or call 310-451-5444.

For more information about the concerts, visit www.twilightdance.org or call the Pier information line at 310-458-8900.







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