By Lookout Staff
July 12 -- The pier planks will turn into a dance
floor when a pair of Latin acts brings their infectious rhythms
to the Twilight Dance series concert Thursday night.
Direct from San Juan, Puerto Rico, three-time Grammy nominated
Plena Libre have reinvented and updated the traditional genre
from the turn of the 19th century, turning it into a living
and breathing, popular, evolving form.
Founded by Gary Nuñez in 1994, the 13-member orchestra
adds to the staple pandero ensemble bass, keyboards, timbales,
congas, four trombones, miscellaneous and percussion, as well
as some of the best plena singers (soneros), including the
legendary Wishy Camacho, found in Puerto Rico.
Drawing on both the traditional and the modern, using arrangements
that mix other Caribbean rhythms and styles, like bomba and
merengue, and sizzling dance-floor charts with plena, Plena
Libre has successfully liberated the genre to become a modern
Salsa orquesta, topping the radio charts with one hit after
another in Puerto Rico.
Sharing the dance series stage will be DJ Le Spam & the
Spam Allstars. Hailing from Miami, Spam brings the sounds
of Brazilian, Haitian, African and Cuban instrumentation and
culture together into an mélange of grooves blending
improvisational electronic elements and turntables with Latin,
funk, hip hop and dub.
The Spam Allstars have been burning up stages and dance floors
with dazzling Latin rhythms in Miami, Florida since the late
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.