Twilight on the Pier with Bombino

Twilight on the Pier 2019

Twilight on the Pier is the free weekly music festival as iconic as the Pier itself. Now in it’s 35th consecutive year, Twilight continues the long-standing tradition of celebrating emerging and established artists and sounds from around the world. Featuring art, an all new comedy stage, eats, wine and beer garden, games and interactive activations. Whether you’re casual concert-goer or a culture-seeker, Twilight on the Pier has something for everyone.

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Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara "Bombino" Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service, which calls it "utterly, utterly fantastic" and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad "a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero." His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have led notable music critics to compare him to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, and Jerry Garcia.

Born and raised in Niger, in the northern city of Agadez, Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa; for centuries they have fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule.

During his lifetime, the Tuareg people have fought the Niger government to secure their rights on numerous occasions, causing Bombino and his family to flee several times. During one such exile, relatives visiting from the front lines of the rebellion left behind a guitar and Bombino began teaching himself to play it. He eventually studied with the renowned Tuareg guitarist Haja Bebe, who asked him to join his band, where he acquired the nickname Bombino—a variation on the Italian word for "little child."

While living in Algeria and Libya in his teen years, Bombino's friends played him videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, among others, which they watched over and over in an effort to master their licks. Bombino worked regularly as a musician and also as a herder in the desert near Tripoli, spending many hours alone watching the animals and practicing his guitar. Eventually, Bombino returned to Niger, where he continued to play with a number of local bands. As his legend grew, a Spanish documentary film crew helped Bombino record his first album, Group Bombino's Guitars from Agadez Vol. 2, which became a local radio hit.

In 2009, Bombino met filmmaker Ron Wyman, who had heard a cassette of Bombino's music while traveling near Agadez. Wyman was enchanted by Bombino's music and spent a year seeking him out, eventually tracking him down to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he was in exile after two band members were killed in a rebellion. (The Tuaregs have since put down their arms and returned to Niger.) At the end of the war, Bombino returned to Agadez with Wyman and staged a concert to celebrate the newfound peace that established Bombino as a hero of the Tuareg people.

Disco Shrine

" Disco Shrine , aka Persian Barbie, is the LA based, pop spark plug known for
being a songwriter, world traveling DJ, and event curator. Her first single 'Up In
The Air' was inspired by her parents' immigration story to America. Through her
pop up events Disco Shrine advocates for immigrant rights as well as women's'
rights." 
I recently released a new single through French Label Kitsune which was a
collaboration with the NBA. The single has hit charts in Spain, Sweden, and
Greece and has been featured by the likes of Earmilk, The 405, and Nakid
Magazine. I also released another  single  through Empire Music which was
featured on official Deezer playlists and was on Spotifys Release Radar. I have
been touring and traveling the last few months playing both live shows as well as
DJ Sets. I recently sold out my single release show in LA which took place at
School Night and had over 300+ people. I've also performed at major venues
across the U.S. including Baby's All Right (NYC), Le Bain at The Standard
(NYC), The Echo (LA), The Troubadour(LA),
The Black Cat (D.C.), Subterranean (Chicago), Middle East (Boston), Chop Suey
(Seattle), Mezzanine (San Francisco), Rickshaw Stop (San Francisco) and will
be touring across Australia in June. In addition to playing venues, I've also
started my own series of dance parties that have taken place at unconventional
locations including barber shops, gyms, laundromats etc... You can also check
out my latest  music video , which takes a look into the lives of immigrants and first
generation Americans, something that isn't really talked about a lot in pop music
and is something I wanted to personify, being a first generation Persian American
myself.

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