New Orleans-style sounds will hit the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier Thursday, Aug. 30, when The Gumbo Brothers take the stage.
The concert series is held every Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m. through Sept. 6.
Venice-based New Orleans-style funk band The Gumbo Brothers, who have performed weekly performances at various local venues and parties, will open the concert. The Hot 8 Brass Band was scheduled to headline but had to cancel due to Hurricane Isaac. The Brooklyn funk band the Pimps of Joytime will take their place as headliners. The Gumbo Brothers have taken part in the annual Mardi Gras parade on the boardwalk since 2003.
The band’s debut CD, “Funky Freedom,” was released in 2007. They are currently working on their next CD, “Chicken Gumbo,” a funky, instrumental mixture of original grooves. Band members say they are dedicated to exploring the traditions of funk, soul, jazz and R&B.
The band includes Johann Stein on guitar and vocals, Greg Sonnier on bass and vocals, Jon McBride on electric piano, organ and saxophone and Reggie Longware on drums.
The Twilight Concert Series is co-produced by Los Angeles-based Rum & Humble.