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Vol. 5 – Concert Guide

July 29 This week’s act ... Presented by KCRW

Kailash Kher’s Kailasa See page 8 for updated concert information Kailash Kher’s Kailasa


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Welcome!

Spectator guide

A few words from Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver.

A survival guide for this year’s TDS. Everything from parking to public safety is detailed in our easy-to-use guide.

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A taste of India Kailash Kher’s Kailasa brings Bollywood to Hollywood.

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Flash back Pictures from the first two weeks of the Twilight Dance Series. Page 16

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Photo play

TDS map

Send us your photos! If we like what we see you’ll see your photography in future issues of this guide.

Upcoming shows Find out who’s set to play future TDS shows.

Map helps concert-goers navigate this year’s TDS. Locate parking, seating and access to the historic Santa Monica Pier.

About this publication This Twilight Dance Series guide has been created as a partnership between the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Daily Press.

Editor: Daniel Archuleta Designer: Darren Ouellette Photography: Wisephotographic.com, Santa Monica Pier Publisher: Ross Furukawa

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation is a non-profit created in 1983 by the Santa Monica City Council to preserve and enhance the pleasure pier experience for people of all ages and for future generations.

Special thanks: James Harris, Mike Jennings, Ben Franz-Knight, Clayton O'Brien, Anne Railsback, Rob Schwenker, Brittney Seeliger, Connie Sommerville, Taylor Van Arsdale, Scott Zubor

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Mission statement

I would like to welcome you to this uniquely Santa Monica event. For 26 years, the Twilight Dance Series has drawn crowds to the historic Santa Monica Pier, giving this city by the sea an opportunity to shine. Enjoy the show, the beautiful scenery

Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. Board Members

and the world-class lineup of talent.

Kent Smith, Chair Joel Brand, Vice-chair Anne Elizabeth Biege-Pearson, Eric Faber, Treasurer Allan Lipsky, At Large Ellen Brennan Cindy Bendat Michael Dubin David Newberg Lori Nafshun

Bobby Shriver Mayor, Santa Monica

Secretary

To preserve and enhance the pleasure pier experience for people of all ages and for future generations.

Staff

Bobby Shriver

Ben Franz-Knight, Executive Director Aurora Pi単a, Operations Manager Jim Harris, Community Venue Liaison & Pier Historian Anne Railsback, Acting Marketing/Community Relations Mgr Rosa Flores, Administrative Assistant


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ever in his wildest dreams did Kailash Kher dare to believe that writing a $100 jingle would lead to international stardom and success. Kher’s meteoric rise from a humble upbringing outside of New Delhi to gracing the stage at this Thursday’s Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier is nothing less than remarkable. It is also a testament to the strength and appeal of what is undeniably one of the most unique voices in Indian music today. The path of music began when Kher’s father Pundit Mehar Singh Kher shared his love of everything folk — “from 13th Century Sufi folk traditions of Baba Farid Ganj eh Shakar, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrao, and Sikh folk music traditions,” says Kher. “He sat me on his knee and had me perform in front of his friends and family at a very young age.” Oddly enough, Kher’s family did not want him to lead a musical life. “It wasn’t viewed as one that was either prestigious or stable,” laments Kher, who eventually got into the garment import/export business. During this time, he looked for the opportunity to perform and continued to

write songs. Against his family’s wishes he left the garment business, moved to Mumbai to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. There he found work writing jingles and was paid less than $100. “I thought I had hit it ‘big time,’” he laughs. After recording a handful of jingles, the raw, earthy and soulful strength of his voice caught the attention of every production house and film composer in Mumbai. By 2004, Kher had been catapulted to stardom, performing on some of the biggest hits in Bollywood. “The beauty of India and of the music industry is that if you have a unique skill, it will be appreciated,” says Kher. After being introduced to brothers Naresh and Paresh Kamath, fixtures of the Indian rock and jazz scene, they formed Kailash Kher’s Kailasa, combining Kher’s strong traditional folk sensibilities and lyrics that invoke Sufi-mystical dimensions with Naresh and Paresh’s more modern rock, jazz, electronic and funk influences. Kailasa can be heard to best advantage

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on their first American release, for the elite Cumbancha Records imprint. The superb “Yatra” (Nomadic Souls) features rerecorded and remixed classics alongside never released new material. Kher approaches songwriting organically and in collaboration with his co-producers, Naresh and Paresh. There is no strict formula. Typically Kher writes the lyrics and they craft a song around those lyrics. But sometimes, such as in the song “Bheeg Gaya” Kher explains, “The foundation was already set by Naresh and Paresh and I wrote around it.” One of the songs on the new album “Yatra” called “Piya Ghar Avenge” (“My love/master is coming home”) is dedicated to Kher’s father and is a song that, at least emotionally, is very difficult for him to perform because he says, “It invokes many memories, especially the manner in which he passed in November, 2008 — peacefully while engaging in divine prayer.” We can look forward to hearing a few Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan tracks at the concert; which have a strong lyrical and melodic quality. Kher says, “I always get a great response from the crowd when we perform them. It impresses me that even 13 years after his death, Nusrat Sahib’s music and repertoire continues to move and inspire people.” Inspiration comes to Kher in many forms, but as of late, mystic Indian poetry of the 12th-14th centuries serves as a foundation for his lyrics, and by his co-writers, Naresh and Paresh of whom he says, “They are always bringing some new African, traditional folk Indian, jazz, or rock influences to our studios.” Performing aside, Kher is hoping to take some time to enjoy the beach, some good Thai food, and to see a few friends who live in the area. “I’m also looking forward to performing in front of a new and diverse audience that represents Santa Monica and to experiencing a new venue, in a new setting, especially one set near the water and the beach. That is going to be amazing.”

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Concert note Due to visa issues, this week’s act, Kailash Kher’s Kailasa, may not appear as scheduled. As of presstime, the band was awaiting clearance to travel to the U.S. In the event that Kailash Kher’s Kailasa does not attain visas, Twilight Dance Series organizers have identified three acts that may take the stage during week four of the series. Regardless of which band is scheduled, organizers aim to select talent that embody the spirit of Kailash Kher’s Kailasa. Here are the acts being considered:

Rupa and the April Fishes With their enchanting mix of chic French nouvelle vague, rousing Latin alternative grooves, energetic Gypsy swing, and dreamy Indian ragas, the trend-setting band is spearheading a multicultural movement that is redefining the sound of contemporary music.

Non Stop Bhangra Non Stop Bhangra (NSB) is a unique experience that celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance.

Karsh Kale London born and New York raised, Karsh Kale is an Indian American producer, composer and musician, known for melding Indian music with the modern electronic club music of his American upbringing.


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Spectator guide Parking, seating and general FAQ made easy bring low beach chairs so not to block the view of other concert-goers. Many people do sit on the sand at the beach below the pier deck. Alcohol consumption is not permitted on public spaces; however, there are several full service bars on the pier and there will be a wine garden at each of the concerts.

Pets Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

THE SANTA MONICA POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

Smoking Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. There are two designated smoking areas in the general vicinity of the concert. One area is designated in the south east corner and one in the south west corner.

Tickets No ticket or reservation is necessary for the concerts. And all of the concerts are free. However, should you find yourself wanting to express your appreciation for the concerts you are welcome to make a tax deductible contribution the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation either by donating online at santamonicapier.org or in person at one of the concerts by going to the pier booth.

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25 years of Concerts on the Pier Parking Parking is available in the 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Lot, on a first-come, firstserved basis. There is no parking permitted on the Pier Parking Deck. There are also a number of city structures located in nearby Downtown Santa Monica. For more information, visit the City of Santa Monica’s parking site for directions and pricing. The address is parking.smgov.net/overview.html. For directions to the Santa Monica Pier, visit santamonicapier.org/location.

First aid/lost and found If you require first aid or assistance, please visit the pier booth/tent and we will contact the proper authority. If it is an emergency, please call 911. The lost and found will also be located at that location.

Weather It never gets really cold, but after the sun goes down it can sometimes get a bit chilly requiring only a sweater or light jacket. It's always a good idea to have something to throw on just in case.

Bike valet There is a free bike valet located next to the beach bike path just south of the Santa Monica Pier.

Seating Seating is not provided. You are welcome to bring beach chairs and blankets and sit on the pier deck or the beach. We ask that you

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TDS photo by Kelyn Roberts

Photo play Send us your pics! The Twilight Dance Series wants you ... to send us your photography.

Jonavotti - Week 3 TDS photo by Kelyn Roberts

We're asking concert-goers to snap away and send us your best pics. We plan to publish this usergenerated content in subsequent issues of this guide. Brother - Week 2

You can send us your pictures (in the largest possible format) to mytdspics@gmail.com. Or, you can visit our Facebook page and upload your pics there as well at

TDS photo by Kelyn Roberts

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Konono No. 1 - Week 1

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Flash back Twilight Dance Series concerts have featured acts ranging from Konono No. 1 in week one to Jovanotti in week three

Jovanotti - Week 3

Win a PHAT Cycles Beach Cruiser every week!

raffle to benefit

Fans cheer for Jovanotti - Week 3

buy raffle tickets at the Santa Monica Daily Press booth 1 for $5 | 5 for $20 | 10 for $30 all proceeds go directly to fund the Teach and Test water quality program at Santa Monica High School and Palisades High

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The Lobster welcomes Thursday Night Pier Concerts! Enjoy the concerts while feasting on our own original Santa Monica Clam Bake picnic to go.

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Brother - Week 2

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Ana Tijoux - Week 3

Jace Everett - Week 3

Ry Cuming - Week 2

Ben Lee - Week 2

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2010 Twilight Dance Series Week 5, Aug. 5 Presented by Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica

Rickie Lee Jones Duchess of Coolsville Soulive - Week 6

Rickie Lee Jones is one of the most singular artists in today’s music world. A clue to defining her iconoclasm comes from her own family description as “lower-middleclass-hillbilly-hipster.” From her emergence on the national scene in 1979, Rickie Lee has become one of the most acclaimed and talented singer/songwriters of our time spanning many genres: folk, rock, jazz, soul, spoken word and pop. Her first self-titled album launched her career and received five Grammy nominations. Her nominations included Best Song, for “Last Chance Texaco,” Best Album, Best Pop Vocal and Best Rock Vocal. As it happened, she won Best New Artist, and her career was launched. Just four months after her debut, Rickie Lee graced the cover of Rolling Stone, and again only 18 months later. Her most recent releases are “The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard” (2007), on which Rickie Lee and her collaborators have put Christ’s words into a modern-day context, portraying those words in a way that anyone can understand and “Balm in Gilead” (2009). We’re honored to welcome, as she brings a full band with horn section, the Duchess of Coolsville!

Week 6, Aug. 12

Soulive Funk Jazz Organ Trio Not many bands can say they’ve recorded with such diverse artists as Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. Nor can many, if any, bands lay claim to opening for The Rolling Stones on one tour and having Stevie Wonder sit in with them on the next. The enduring musical relationships the band has developed, from the aforementioned artists to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Joshua Redman, Robert Randolph, Kenny Garrett, The Roots, Fred Wesley, Ivan Neville and so many others, speak volumes about both how versatile and popular these talented musicians are.

Breakestra Hip-Hop Funk Beats Formed by Dr. Miles Tackett, “Musicman,” in 1996, they began as the house band for the legendary club called The Breaks. The band is rooted in deep funk, soul, jazz fever and musical friendships. A Breakestra show is about dancing and swinging, musicians on stage getting loose and playing serious grooves. Breakestra has a way of invigorating breakbeats, paving the way for the funkily naïve to embrace the rhythmic revolution that James Brown kicked off more than 30 years ago!

Week 7, Aug. 19

Mick Taylor Legendary Guitarist/Former Rolling Stone As one of the most admired and respected guitarists in blues, R&B and rock music, Mick Taylor’s distinctive, elegant slide guitar work graces some of the key albums in rock ‘n’ roll history. Mick Taylor’s biggest impact and recognition


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came when he joined the ranks of illustrious alumni of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, accepting the Rolling Stones’ offer to replace founding member Brian Jones in 1969. The Stones had already established their reputation as “the greatest rock ’n’ roll band” in the world, having just released the classic “Beggar’s Banquet.” Taylor quickly added his imprint to the Stones and was present for the legendary concert tours through 1974.

Tom Nolan Band Blues, R&B and Soul One word sums up the Tom Nolan Band’s mission: “Dance!” Long-time local favorites, TNB boasts a world class rhythm section, great singers and soloist, and an intense stage show. TNB brings people to their feet playing a mix of originals and classic dance tunes which blend soul, blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.

Tom Nolan Band - Week 7

Week 8, Aug. 26 Presented by Beatlesfest

Beatlesfest Beatlesfest, a three-day tribute that began five years ago, is proud to be a part of the Twilight Dance Series this summer! Abbey Road will open the night with an acoustic set of the Beatles, followed by Los Angeles-based Led Zepagain, as part of the British Invasion.

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Eddie Baytos & the Nervis Brothers World Mardi Gras Music Originally from New Orleans Eddie Baytos can be said to be from N’Wahlins via Hollywood. For more information, visit www.santamonicapier.org.

Dr. John & the Lower 911 - Week 9

Week 9, Sept. 2 Presented by Bayside District

Dr. John & the Lower 911 New Orleans Icon An icon of American music born in New Orleans, Dr. John is indelibly linked to the traditions and singularity of the city’s musical and cultural heritage. Mac Rebennack burst onto the rock ‘n’ roll scene in the late 1960s as Dr. John, the Night Tripper, merging the R&B, voodoo rhythms and chants of his native New Orleans to create a persona perfect for the psychedelic era. Over the years he’s thrown in jazz, classic American songbook, zydeco, boogie woogie and rock into the mix.

Save Our Schools and support the TDS at the same time We are asking all concert-goers to reach into their pockets and donate $1 (or more if you can) to these worthwhile causes. Look for Save Our School (SOS) volunteers at all of the concerts wearing inflatable “SOS” life preservers or donate at the Pier Booth. Donations will go to support the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the Twilight Dance Series. All proceeds are split equally.

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Twilight Dance Series, Kailash Kher's Kailasa: July 19, 2010