The Zombies | Twilight Concert Series | Santa Monica Pier | 8/21/14 [PHOTOS]

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When I was approved to shoot The Zombies at the Santa Monica Pier, I was giddy. Being a supreme music dweeb, I was fully aware of their impact in popular music. Their sound basically redefined rock music.

I’d try to wax poetic about how amazingly (and truthfully, surprisingly) they performed on the summer eve, but Bob Lefsetz, a noted music writer, already wrote everything, and more, that I would have not so eloquently put pen to pad. CLICK HERE to read his stellar review.

The fact that two of the original members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, both 69, are still in prime form was wonderful to witness. If you weren’t there, you missed out on a legendary performance, or legendary music, by legends. Your loss.

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The Zombies | Twilight Concert | Setlist

 

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Mystic Braves | Twilight Concert Series | Santa Monica Pier | 8/21/14 [PHOTOS]

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With the distinct honor of opening for the legendary The Zombies, Mystic Braves took the stage and served up a worthy appetizer of psychedelic rock to the masses. Now based in Echo Park, and signed to local label Lolipop Records, this band’s live performance, with their organ tinged sound, made me imagine what it would have been like if I had been alive to attend a Doors concert.

Band members Julian Decatenzeiler, Tony Malacara, Cameron Gartung, Shane Stotsenberg and Ignacio Gonzalez seamlessly played their brand of surf/garage rock with gusto and left the audience ready for the main course.

I couldn’t find a setlist online, but you can CLICK HERE to check out a collection of Instagram videos of some of the songs Mystic Braves performed at this concert.

 

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Mystic Braves| Twilight Concert Series | Santa Monica Pier | 8/21/14 [INSTAGRAM VIDS]

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Below are Instagram clips of some of the songs from Mystic Brave’s set at the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Twilight Concert Series. Instagram’s embed settings are, unfortunately, too large for WordPress, but hopefully, you’ll still be able to click through to watch the video clips. Enjoy.

 

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Free Concert Alert | Mystic Braves & The Zombies at the Santa Monica Pier | 8/21/14 [Preview]

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On Thursday, August 21st, the Santa Monica Pier hosts the Mystic Braves and … wait for it … wait for it … the Zombies!

Formed in 1962, The Zombies were part of the “British Invasion” that swept the United States after The Beatles opened the doors. They scored a series of chart topping hits with songs liked “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”. Their album “Odessy & Oracle” was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as #100 of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

If recording artists like Beck, Nick Cave, Belle and Sebastian (and the list goes on and on) all regard The Zombies as major influences, it would behoove any music fan to see two of the original Zombies (lead vocalist Colin Blunstone and organist Rod Argent) perform music from their vast catalog. If you are a fan of rich harmonies and catchy melodies, their performance at the pier is not to be missed.

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Also performing on the pier, opening for The Zombies, is Mystic Braves, a Los Angeles based psychedelic band really grooves with its classic, psych-rock sensibilities. Could the Twilight Concert series picked a better opening act to set the mood for The Zombies? I doubt it. I’m looking to get trippy (figuratively speaking) for this concert.

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To see the full list of acts performing at the Santa Monica Pier as part of the 20th Annual Twilight Concert series, CLICK HERE.

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