Lobos Add Final Note to Free
By Lookout Staff
August 30 -- The Twilight
Dance Series ends its 23rd summer
with one of its biggest shows when
the legendary East LA band Los Lobos
takes the stage on the Santa Monica
Pier Thursday night.
Blending blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their
own Mexican-American heritage, Los Lobos have
challenged their fans for more than three decades
with conscience-raising songs and thought-provoking
lyrics that capture the ethos of Los Angeles.
Their latest album The Town and the City has
appeared on numerous top ten lists and has been
described as a tour de force of intertwined sound
and imagery that tackles the complexity of life
in today’s world with grace, depth of understanding
and profound insight.
In keeping with their social conscience, Los
Lobos will use Thursday night’s free concert
to help rebuild the historic auditorium at Garfield
High School, an East Los Angeles public education
institution that was made famous by the movie
Stand and Deliver and is the alma mater of Los
Lobos members David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano and
The 82-year-old auditorium was gutted by a fire
in May that caused more than $30 million in damages
to the historic structure as well as to ten classrooms.
Though much of the rebuilding effort is covered
by insurance, the school must raise additional
funds in order to restore the building.
To boost the fundraising effort, Los Lobos will
autograph a Gibson Les Paul “Goddess”
in Violet Burst donated by the guitar company,
which is a major sponsor of the concert series.
The guitar will be auctioned online, with the
proceeds donated to the Garfield High School relief
effort. The auction will start at noon on Friday
and end ten days later.
An Evening with Los Lobos is the final show in
the 23rd Annual Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance
Series presented by Amoeba Music on the Gibson
Guitar stage. Free outdoor concerts are held on
the Pier for ten Thursday evenings starting at
7:30 p.m. throughout the summer, featuring the
best in rock, Reggae, Latin, folk and eclectic
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.