Summer Preview Showcase

Shuggie Otis / People Get Ready / Ofei / Joshua Nelson / DJ Kool Herc

presented by SummerStage & Santa Monica Pier Curators

1.10.2013 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm | 1 Comment | Highline Ballroom | Directions to Event ›

Shuggie Otis is a musician’s musician, a reclusive genius from Los Angeles whose name has been spoken in reverential tones by his peers for more than four decades.  After a long absence, Shuggie returns as a concert headliner with dates across North America in April 2013. Although an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Shuggie is best known for writing “Strawberry Letter 23,” a #5 Pop hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977, and for his guitar playing with Al Kooper, Frank Zappa, Etta James, and Bobby “Blue” Bland, among many others.  Under Shuggie’s personal supervision, his highly-acclaimed third and final solo album, 1974’s INSPIRATION INFORMATION, will be re-released as a double-CD set on April 16, 2013 on Sony.

The Brooklyn band People Get Ready has been combining music and performance art since 2009, when the group first performed at The Kitchen’s Dance and Process series in New York. The band released its self-titled debut last month on Brassland Records, and it’s a fine collection of harmony-rich pop. Frontman Steven Reker worked as a dancer and guitarist on David Byrne’s 2008-09 tour, and Byrne recently praised the group for its live shows, saying, “They integrate dance, movement, performance, music and singing in a way I haven’t seen before.” People Get Ready’s live show is an incredibly striking mixture of music and performance art. All members are accomplished dancers and musicians, and their live act pools their collective talents into a striking audio/visual experience.

Ofei, the mysterious London producer, has dropped his first single “London” to critical acclaim. Mixing elements of soul, backbeats, processed vocals, and electronica, Ofei is the buzz of the UK music scene and is quickly taking the blogosphere by storm.

You may have never heard of “kosher gospel” music before, but the inspirational performances of Joshua Nelson, the creator of this style, will surely call out to your soul. Nelson has performed around the world, for Presidents, congregations, major music festivals—and for Oprah, who named him a “Next Big Thing.” Whatever the venue, Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel, brings people—and cultures—together in

DJ Kool Herc is considered the “The Founder of Hip-Hop Culture.” In the early stages of Hip-Hop music, he brought his sound system to block parties in the Bronx and began playing the brief rhythmic sections of records which would become known as “breaks.” Using the two-turntable set-up of the disco DJs, Kool Herc’s style led to the use of two copies of the same record to elongate the break. This breakbeat DJing, using hard Funk, Rock, and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of Hip-Hop music. DJ Kool Herc’s music along with his announcements to his dancers, called  B-Boys and B-Girls, helped pave the way to what everyone now knows as Hip-Hop.


The Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concerts are Southern California’s premier free outdoor summer live music events.  In 2012, the the series’ 28th annual installment, such acts as Best Coast, Amadou & Mariam, and Donavon Frankenreiter performed to audiences averaging more than 10,000 people per show.  The 2013 Twilight Concerts are co-produced by the Pier’s Music Curator team, a collaboration between veteran independent concert promoters Rum & Humble and Echo/Spaceland Presents.


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  1. Ijola Fitts said on 12.19.2012

    I can’t wait to see Shuggie Otis, the originator of Strawberry Letter 23! And Kool Herc is the man!This show is going to be awesome!

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