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Big Names from Past Top Santa Monica Pier Concert Series Lineup

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By Lookout Staff

May 18, 2016 -- Big-name acts from the past announced Tuesday and the long-awaited arrival of light rail service to Santa Monica this week promise to bring record crowds to this year's Twilight Concert Series Thursday nights on the Pier.

The series, which starts July 7, includes the usually eclectic mix of acts and features the 1980s new wave band Psychedelic Furs and the Ohio Players, a seminal 1970s funk and r&b band that will close the series September 12.

The 32nd annual concert series is sponsored by Snapchat Inc., the Venice messaging-app startup that will move some 300 employees to a space at Santa Monica Airport after the City Council approved a five-year $15 million lease last week.

The series kicks off Thursday July 7 with a performance by the Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Mayer Hawthorne, who counts among his influences the soul music of the 60s and 70s. Opening the show is Alina Baraz, another LA-based singer songwriter.

The New York-based synthpop group Porches will open the July 14 show, which will feature Børns, a frontman who has been compared to glam rocker Marc Bolan.

"The petite singer personifies every element of a demigod frontman," the alternative newspaper Westword wrote after two sold-out concerts in Denver.

One of the highlights of the series is a July 21 appearance by Psychedelic Furs, a post-punk British band, which became a staple of college concerts and alternative rock stations in the 1980s.

The band hit the mainstream when director John Hughes named his film “Pretty In Pink” after one of their songs. Day Wave, an American indie rock band from Oakland, will open the show.

On Thursday July 28, the Jamaican recording artist Protoje, a leading voice in the"Reggae Revival," will lead his band The Indignation. Opening for Protoge is the raggae band Raging Fyah.

Natalia Lafourcade, a popular Mexican singer and songwriter, who was the most awarded artist at the latest Latin Grammys, will perform her brand of pop and romantic music August 4.

Her album, "Mujer Divina," a tribute to the legendary Mexican songwriter Agustin Lara, sold nearly 100,000 in its first year. Opening for Lafourcade is Monsieur Periné, a Colombian band that blends jazz, pop and swing.

The acts for the concerts on August 11 and 18 have not been determined.

On Thursday,August 25, Save Ferris will bring its brand of ska-punk to the concert series stage. The opening act has not been determined.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, composed of musicians from the U.S. and New Zealand, will be the headliners September 1. LA singer songwriter Steady Holiday will open the show.

The summer concert series concludes with an appearance by the Ohio Players September 8. The popular 70s funk band's hits included "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster," "Funky Worm" and "Skin Tight."

The band was inducted into the inaugural class of the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. The opening act has not been determined.

The concert series kicks off a month and a half after passenger trains are scheduled to connect Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles for the first time since 1953 ("Trains to Roll into Santa Monica for First time in 60 Years," February 26, 2016).

City officials are expecting crowds to exceed 20,000 at major events, including the Twilight Concerts Series. Last week, the Cty Council approved a contract with the LA County Sheriff's Department to help patrol major events in the bayside city ("Sheriff's Deputies Will Back Santa Monica Police at Big Events," May 12, 2016).

Twilight Concert Series shows are from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

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