The 33rd annual Twilight Concert Series saw record numbers for its opening show, but the crowds most certainly did not deter eager fans from heading to the Santa Monica Pier again on June 29 for the musical stylings Coast Modern and Lemaitre.
Opening the show was Coast Modern, who are the perfect pairing to match the sunny Santa Monica sunset and the ensuing Southern California vibe. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band's indie-pop and rock sound felt perfectly at home underneath the golden glow of twilight and backdrop of the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Every moment of their performance felt like a sunny love letter to their native city as lead singer Coleman Trapp and lead guitarist Luke Atlas danced around the stage soaking up every moment of it all. It was a performance reminiscent of what originally made Southern California so iconic for fun, beach-soaked rock and roll in the first place. The notable highlight of the performance was Coleman Trapp leading the audience in a happy birthday sing along for bandmate Luke Atlas before diving into their final song.
Illuminated by their iconic origami logo, Lemaitre took to the stage to a highly enthusiastic crowd. The Norwegian duo who originally found their start crafting nu-disco, before experimenting more heavily with electronic music, brought along a full band and a number of surprises. From the start of the set, high energy exuded from both the crowd and the duo, as Lemaitre transformed the Santa Monica Pier to a dance party under the night sky. Providing a stunning performance, including an amazing light installation projected upon their origami logo, multiple guitar solos courtesy of Ketil Jansen, and multiple mic stand drops, Lemaitre delivered one of the most high energy sets in recent Twilight Concert memory. Seemingly not content to stop at just delivering an amazing performance, the band also brought out numerous special guests for a number of features present on their latest album, Chapter One, in addition to the sudden appearance of a brass section under the guise of smoke. The end of Lemaitre's performance had us slightly exhausted from all the dancing and ultimately elated, with our only regret being that it had to come to an end.