Santa Monica Lookout
Reggae Legend to Close out Santa Monica Concert Series
By Lookout Staff
September 12, 2013 -- Santa Monica’s Twilight Concert Series ends with a bang Thursday night when Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff takes the pier stage.
The star of the 1972 film “The Harder They Come,” Cliff, along with fellow Jamaican Bob Marley, helped make reggae a global music in the early 70s.
He takes the stage hot on the heels of his first new studio album in seven years, the Grammy nominated “Rebirth,” which Rolling Stone called Cliff’s “best music in decades,” adding that his “tenor still soars.”
“The album is about my rebirth as an artist and as a man, but also about the rebirth of the world,” said Cliff, whose 1970 “Vietnam,” was called “the greatest protest song ever written” by Bob Dylan.
“The Harder They Come,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, made Cliff an international star with a soundtrack that included such classics as “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Sitting in Limbo.”
The Grammy Award-winning singer, whose career has spanned more than half a century, is currently the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences.
But Cliff isn’t satisfied to rest on his legendary reputation.
“I have not become the artist I believe I am,” he told Rolling Stone last year. “I’m not done at all. I want to become a stadium act.”
The Thursday night concert will be emceed by DJs from 89.9 FM KCRW, the media partner for the Twilight Concert Series.
Concertgoers are encouraged to take the Big Blue Bus. Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, however parking on the Santa Monica Pier deck will be closed.
The City of Santa Monica will provide a free bike valet, stationed on the beach next to the bicycle path on the south side of the pier.
More information about the Twilight Concert Series can be found at twilightseries.org.
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