Music to Rock the Pier Thursday
By Lookout Staff
August 23 -- Roadhouse rock
and country fiddle should add up to
a swinging time on the Santa Monica
Pier at a free concert Thursday night.
The lineup features the Holmes Brothers,
a band that mixes Saturday night roadhouse
rock with the gospel fervor and spine-tingling
harmonies of Sunday’s church
service. Their years together make
for telepathic musicianship that exudes
a boundless energy.
USA Today calls The Holmes Brothers’
vision of American roots music "masterful
and convincing", while Entertainment
Weekly says, "The Holmes Brothers
are juke-joint vets with a brazenly
borderless view of American music."
Critics have hailed their chilling
harmonies, which resonate with a passion
and conviction matched only by their
inspired musicianship. They have recorded
with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel,
Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Willie Nelson,
Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Joan
Osborne, and toured the world.
The Holmes Brothers will share the
stage with singer, songwriter and
violinist Carrie Rodriguez, whose
simple goal to get a gig playing fiddle
with somebody great, be on the road
and make a living has been far exceed
in five short years.
Rodriguez was discovered at Cheapo
Discs in her hometown of Austin, Texas,
backing outsider country act Hayseed
at an in-store gig during the 2001
South By Southwest music convention.
Since then, her unique collaboration
with veteran songwriter Chip Taylor
has yielded three critically acclaimed
albums of duets. Rodriguez has enthralled
record buyers and concert audiences
throughout North America and Europe.
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
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,
or call the Pier information line