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Keep on dancing Twilight Concert Series returns for its 28th year he temperatures are rising, the days are longer and the music has returned to the Santa Monica Bay. The Twilight Concert Series is back for its 28th year with as eclectic a lineup as ever before. When crowds flock to the historic Santa Monica Pier for this annual Westside tradition they will find a stage inhabited by a wideranging lineup that spans everything from indie pop to Latin rhythms to classic reggae harmony. The series kicks off with Donavon Frankenreiter as the headliner with the Song and Dance Society featuring Jeff Young and Dannielle DeAndrea on July 5. For 10 weeks, the pier will be the center of summer activity in Santa Monica with the last show featuring acclaimed indie rockers Best Coast. Come down to the beach, enjoy some music and keep on dancing. For more information about this year’s Twilight Concert Series, visit twilightseries.org.

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2012 Twilight Concert Series lineup • July 5: Native Southern Californian surfer and troubadour Donavon Frankenreiter and the Song and Dance Society featuring Jeff Young and Dannielle DeAndrea • July 12: Jamaican harmony trio The Mighty Diamonds and Los Angeles-based reggae band The Lions • July 19: Los Angeles-based indie acts HAIM and Wildcat! Wildcat! • July 26: Organic jam rocker Jackie Greene • Aug. 2: Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers • Aug. 9: PARADE Collective — Jam sessions featuring musicians from Cirque du Soleil • Aug. 16: African rock from Mali’s Amadou & Mariam paired with Portland Scene-stealers Y La Bamba • Aug. 23: Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba and the salsa dance sounds of Lucky 7 Mambo • Aug. 30: New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band and Louisiana funk band The Gumbo Brothers • Sept. 6: Southern California Indie breakout act Best Coast with No opening up * All shows begin at 7 p.m.

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Frankenreiter. “Matt was playing ukulele and lap steel guitar and banjo — he’d grab an instrument and we’d do a take live and just build the track up from that. It was a real fun vibe.”

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July 5 To create his fifth full-length album “Start Livin’,” Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy — and no one else. The follow-up to 2010’s “Glow,” “Start Livin’” is a nine-track selection of folkinfused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honeythick vocals and masterful guitar work, “Start Livin’” bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. “’Start Livin’’ is basically a love album,” says Frankenreiter, who co-produced the record alongside Matt Grundy and Adam Ableman. “Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built together in Hawaii.” Thanks to Frankenreiter’s infectious warmth and finely honed pop sensibilities, each of those songs has the singular effect of drawing the listener into that bright and breezy world for a blissed-out moment. Essential to the record’s playful feel is Frankenreiter’s inspired use of instrumentation. “This album’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever done before, in that we skipped the basics and went for a whole lot of different instruments,” he says. “We never brought in a drum set — instead there’s handclapping for percussion, or the two of us banging on pots and pans. We were using everything from bells to singing bowls to Zippo lighters; at one point we put some beans and salts in a can and shook it around.” Grundy played a key role in the wildly varied sounds on “Start Livin’,” according to

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The Mighty Diamonds Featuring The Lions

July 12 The Mighty Diamonds — Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy ”Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “ Judge” Ferguson formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. They are the most consistent and long-running vocal trio in Jamaican musical history and for the past 41 years have been entertaining and educating the world with their sweet harmonies and conscious lyrics. With their soulful harmonies and polished performances, they quickly became known as the young group with the Motown sound. Their first recordings at Dynamic Sounds eventually led them to their classic hit “Shame and Pride” in 1973. Their first hit singles “ Country Living” and “ Hey Girl” were recorded on the Channel One label. After touring the U.S. with Toots and the Maytals, the group signed to Virgin Records in 1975 and recorded four albums. Their debut album “ Right Time,” released on Virgin has become a classic. By 1982, “Pass the Kutchie” from the album “Changes” had become an international hit and has since been covered by Musical Youth, whose version “Pass the Dutchie” has also been a hit all over the world. Tabby, Bunny and Judge have produced over 40 albums in their long career. The trio has toured the world extensively and has a strong following in Europe and Japan as well as in the U.S. In Jamaica they are forever loved. On stage antics of the Mighty Diamonds are reminiscent of the Four Tops

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with their animated hand gestures and energetic footwork. Favorites of the dance hall crowd, roots or progressive audiences. The Mighty Diamonds continue to achieve stardom on their own terms, wrapping a militant message in some of the prettiest melodies around. Even with their mushrooming international popularity, the Mighty Diamonds have not forgotten their roots which come from the unique cultural potpourri of Jamaica with its harsh ghetto realities and its irresistible reggae pulse. The Mighty Diamonds are remarkable for the fact that the three founding members have remained together, despite the everchanging and cut-throat music business, for 41 years — and counting! They find strength and inspiration in their faith in Rastafari and their love of Jah. Their message is one of unity, love and at times, rebellion in the face of injustice.

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HAIM Featuring Wildcat! Wildcat!

July 19 Hailing from the San Fernando Valley, HAIM consists of, “Three sisters, and a mister” that has been shaking things up in Los Angeles for the past four years. It is truly a family affair for the band which prides themselves on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease, and all while singing in three part harmony. The sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, grew up playing classic rock songs with their parents in a family band, called “Rockinhaim,” which played for charity events and street fairs. After years of playing with their parents, the girls decided to strike out on their own, and began writing their own material. Este, the eldest of the three, plays bass guitar and found time in between touring to graduate from UCLA with a degree in music. Danielle, the 22-year-old

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lead guitar player, who previously toured with Jenny Lewis, Cee-lo Green, and Julian Casablancas. Alana, the youngest in the band, plays rhythm guitar, keyboard, and percussion. Rounding out the group is Dash Hutton, who previously played drums for L.A. bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chickens. Over the past few years, the band has opened up for Julian Casablancas, Cold War Kids, Ke$ha, Group Love, No Age, The Bird and the Bee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Chief and The Henry Clay People. In February 2012, HAIM released a three song EP titled “Forever,” which is also the title track on the record.

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Jackie Green July 26 At age 31, Jackie Greene has accomplished what many artists strive decades for. He has recorded seven albums of original work, an EP, DVD, and a recently released book of lyrics. Greene has been involved in many high-profile side projects. Included in his endeavors are performing with SEE Bios PAGE 8


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Bios FROM PAGE 4 Levon Helm at Levon’s famous “Ramble” and featured performer at Warren Haynes annual Christmas Jam. Constantly touring, Jackie has a reputation for putting on an energetic live show and has earned the respect of critics and musicians across the country. He tours 100 to 125 dates a year, playing to a devoted and growing fan base, and has been featured at many high profile venues and festivals. While difficult to pigeonhole his music, (frequent comparisons are to Bob Dylan and The Band) there is a consistent influence of Americana roots music that runs through the themes in his large musical catalog. At times, his songs are playful — other times they are sorrowful. But always, they are soulful. Greene is musically rooted in the rock and roll tradition, though he is emotionally attached to other forms of American music like country-western and rhythm and blues. Armed with a voice that turns heads and a near-mastery of several instruments, Greene has been dubbed “The Prince of Americana” by The New York Times. Jackie Greene’s most recent release isn’t an album, it’s a book. Written and selfpublished, “Gone Wanderin’ — The Songs Of Jackie Greene” is a comprehensive

collection of Jackie’s works from 2001 through 2011. The book is a collection of song lyrics for every song Jackie’s written over the past 10 years, many of which have never been heard before. Jackie has also included insightful commentary and background on many selections. “Greene finds himself returning to his solo artist roots with his finest work yet,” reports Jambands.com. “In many ways, he stretches beyond himself to collect from history, and add on to the rich American traditions that have rolled past him.”

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Kasey Chambers Aug. 2 The arrival of “Wayward Angel,” the extraordinary latest album from vocalist and songwriter Kasey Chambers, takes the acclaimed Australian artist into some of the most personal, heartfelt and emotionally resonant realms of her career. “I found myself writing songs that were closer to my roots,” Kasey explains on the origins and inspiration of “Wayward Angel.” “I was drawing directly from my own life as well as from the people around me and the characters I met on the road. The music

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came out pretty much the way it wanted, more organic and spontaneous than anything I’d done before.” The sharp focus and expressive intent of “Wayward Angel” does indeed connect. “I didn’t really think much about a certain style or sound,” she continues. “I tried to just let it flow and, even though the writing came together over a long period of time, it all felt very natural. I guess there is just more me in this music.” Keeping in touch with herself was all the more challenging considering the phenomenal success Kasey has enjoyed over the past few years. “No one was more surprised than I was,” she observes when looking back on the whirlwind events that followed the release of her breakthrough 2001 release, “Barricades & Brickwalls” with sales in excess of seven times platinum in her native Australia. Following her award-winning triple-platinum 2000 debut, “The Captain,” her second album quickly topped the charts in her native Australia, in the process spinning off a number one single, “Not Pretty Enough,” along with an intensive round of touring, both at home and in the U.S. Kasey’s burgeoning popular acclaim was echoed both in the press and among her fellow artists. “The freshest young voice in American roots music is an Australian,” observed Rolling Stone, while Blender enthused, “The best country singer the deep, deep south has to offer. Chambers sings from the heart.”

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PARADE Collective featuring Cirque du Soleil

Aug. 9 Fresh off a successful run of “OVO” at the Santa Monica Pier, Cirque du Soleil returns to town to showcase the troupe’s musicians. PARADE Collective will feature jam sessions by this unique group of musicians who have honed their skills over many years of touring with the innovative Cirque du Soleil. While the musicians will be on stage doing their melodic thing, there’s the possibility that Cirque du Soleil performers will be mingling and interacting with the crowd. The whole night will be like being under the big top.

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The result is “Folila,” a near-perfect example of how tradition and modernity can work together to generate creative forward movement, two parallel rails leading to a common musical destination.

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Aug. 16 To expand your horizons while remaining true to your roots is a challenge that Amadou & Mariam have risen to — and consistently met — throughout their career. Each new album has found the husbandand-wife duo from Mali boldly moving forward and breaking fresh ground, while at the same time preserving their instantly recognizable trademarks: the exquisite song craft, Amadou’s thrilling electric blues guitar and the magical interplay of their two voices, which first brought them popularity. In recent years, Amadou & Mariam have toured with Coldplay and U2 and jammed with musical heroes David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. They’ve performed at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in honor of Barack Obama, and played at the opening ceremonies of the last two FIFA world cups. Manu Chao and Damon Albarn have lent their production skills to their records and they have worked with some of the most innovative names in contemporary rock music via Albarn’s “Africa Express” and other cross-cultural projects, such as “L’Afrik C’est Chic.” And as their celebrity has grown around the world, the scope and ambition of their music has grown with it. Amadou has often said that the invitation to share songs and ideas with other musicians and find new ways of expression is the most exciting adventure any musician can undertake. And it is that sense of shared openness and collaborative opportunity, which is at the heart of Amadou & Mariam’s new album “Folila.” The story of “Folila” — the word means “music” in Bambara — boasts three distinct chapters, and is a tale of how two records became one. Marc-Antoine Moreau, the duo’s long-time manager and producer explains: “The original idea was to make two albums: a crossover record in New York City, where Amadou and Mariam have many musical friends and relationships and the other a more rootsy album recorded in Bamako with mostly African guests and African percussion instead of a drum kit.” Both plans came to fruition, but when Amadou and Mariam listened back to the richness of the two sessions, a third way suggested itself: to combine the two recordings in a seamless, organic fashion.

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Alex Cuba Featuring Lucky 7 Mambo

Aug. 23 Alex Cuba is a rebel. “When it comes to creativity, I need to go to places I’ve never been before,” he says. With the wanderlust of a world traveler, the Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter explores new sonic spaces on “Ruido En El Sistema/Static in the System.” Following the compass points of rock, soul, pop, and Latin-funk on his fourth album, Cuba continues his journey as a critically acclaimed independent artist who’s charted his own destiny across the world stage while earning a growing legion of devoted listeners at each new juncture. As rebels are often wont, Alex Cuba views his music as a liberating force. It’s a quality that’s transmitted through the artist’s songs and has made him a fascinating exception to the staid rules of category. He explains, “The purpose of my music is to free up people, to free up musicians, to free up writers and composers and creators in the world. That is the purpose of why I do music. Music, for me, is not one style. I’m not creating for one kind of people.” Armed with a Gibson ES355, Alex Cuba consistently challenges perceptions about what Latin music is, and who listens to it, by simply being himself. A self-proclaimed “musical sponge,” Alex Cuba first learned the music of his native Artemisa, a city located just west of Havana. His father, a guitarist and music instructor, earned a Master’s degree in music at age 55 and remains a source of inspiration for the artist. Beyond sharing a natural affinity for music, the multi-instrumentalist Cuba learned the discipline of honing his musical talents from his father and later formed The Puentes Brothers with his brother. Citing influences that range from “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis to The Beatles’ “White Album,” Cuba looked beyond the rich heritage of his homeland to develop his own singular style — one fueled by spontaneity, or what Cuba characterizes as the “tension of imperfection.” SEE Bios PAGE 11


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Hot 8 Brass Band Featuring The Gumbo Brothers

Aug. 30 New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, infusing their performances with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world. The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school. What makes the Hot 8 so special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn instruments. An evening with the Hot 8 is like no other. Members of the Hot 8 Brass Band have toured in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, England and Sardinia. The band performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at world and jazz festivals across the U.S. and Europe. Members of the band have been featured in both Spike Lee documentaries, “When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing” and “Da Creek Don’t Rise.” The band was also featured in the second season of the HBO series, “Tremé.” They recently appeared at The Apollo with Dr. John, Lou Reed, Nicolas Payton and others for the annual Great Day in Harlem. The Hot 8 has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the

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latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records. The Hot 8 Brass Band has been part of an important relief project following Hurricane Katrina. SAVE OUR BRASS! is a local grassroots project that has brought music and instruments to shelters, temporary trailer parks, and communities across the Gulf Coast.

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Sept. 6 Combine the sophisticated chill of a New York City winter with the girlish, laid back romance of California in the summertime and what to you get? The answer is Best Coast, the latest musical endeavor by perennially cool, selfdescribed “weird girl” Bethany Cosentino. Best Coast was born when Cosentino decided to come home to L.A. after a time in New York City, to get a fresh start at living in the place she knows best — California. Quickly garnering praise from critics and listeners with the single “Sun Was High (So Was I),” Cosentino was approached by UK-based label Blackest Rainbow, who released her now sold-out tape “Where the Boys Are.” A Los Angeles native, Cosentino grew tired of what she had grown up with and did what so many have done before — she picked up and left for the East Coast,

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specifically Brooklyn, with the intention of going to art school for creative writing. “I was like, I hate the beach, I hate flip flops. I want to go to New York,” she said. But Brooklyn quickly turned out to be far different from what she had envisioned. “I realized that I actually liked all those things, they reminded me of home,” and life in New York was too cold, both literally and figuratively, with too many people trying way too hard, “it’s like, there are people in New York who look like they’re at the beach sometimes but it’s not real, it’s not the same.” Looking for a way to get a taste of her native land all the way in Brooklyn, Cosentino was drawn to the 1950’s and

‘60’s aesthetic of The Beach Boys and The Everly Brothers, which, she says, “made me happy.” Creating her own little Southern California in her bedroom wasn’t enough, however, and one weekend Cosentino decided enough was enough. “One weekend I just decided to leave New York. Two days later I was back in L.A.,” Cosentino says matter-of-factly. She started making music almost immediately, having been “inspired by the music I was listening to in New York,” Cosentino “wanted to be making the music I wanted to listen to.” Because of this, the project’s aesthetic is intended and natural, a combination of Cosentino’s influences and her inherent Californian-ness.

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