Keep every Thursday open for the rest of the summer. Just sayin’
I don’t know what in the hell is wrong with me (OK, that’s a lie). Every single Thursday last summer I made up an excuse to avoid the FREE concerts at Santa Monica pier. I had to wash my hair. I had to work. I had to sleep. And so forth. All these things were probably true, as I had a hellish, time-consuming job around this time last year, but there is no excuse for such a grave misstep. You want men, ladies? I’ll give you men. Lots and lots and lots of men. Every Thursday night for the rest of the summer. Did you hear my purr of contentment?
The Santa Monica beach is littered with gorgeous guys of every shape, size and color. They drink beer. They sit on blankets. They wear adorable little hoodies, jeans and flip-flops (which is personally my favorite male uniform). They are hot.
Unfortunately, they also may or may not come in big co-ed groups, which makes it a bit more daunting to chat them up, but where there’s a will, there’s a way I say.
Let me set the scene, shall I? The sun is shining down on you. You’re lying on the beach. People are filtering in. You throw down a blanket, some wine, some cheese and prepare yourself for an awesome night with friends under the stars, listening to good (debatable) music.
The sun sets. It’s orange, red, purple, magnificent. The music starts. You drink more wine. You feel warm, floaty, fuzzy. The night starts to feel blurry. You may or may not wander up to random people on random blankets, plop yourself down and introduce yourself. What do you have to lose? The Bangles croon ‘Eternal Flame’ in the background. You are happy.
Mind you, I did not do any of the above (aside from catching the sunset — it was wicked). I was too busy scouting, perusing and assessing the scene. I looked but did not touch — but I think that you should.
In addition to bringing proper supplies and getting there a little bit early to chill out, the best advice I can give you about attending one of the pier concerts is to BE FRIENDLY. You’re not going to get anywhere by sitting on your blanket with your friends being anti-social. People that come here generally come with friends and stick with them, so in an effort to meet the man of your dreams, you might have to have a wander around. While you’re doing so, smile.There’s nothing more attractive than a happy girl, regardless of what BS guys try to throw you about boobs and butt being their focus.
And above all, don’t get too reliant on the bottles of wine you brought beforehand to turn you into a Chatty Cathy. Does anyone really want to date a sloppy drunk? Not this girl, thanks. And not most men, either…unless you’re so sloppy that they think they can get in there easily enough to sleep with you and leave. So don’t be that girl.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. And of course I’m not just talking about the music….
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer. Enjoy!
- July 22
Jovanotti – Italian Super Star
Jace Everett – Singer/Songwriter
Ana Tijoux – Chilean Rapera
- July 29
Kailash Kher’s Kailasa – Indian Pop/Rock/Bollywood
- August 5
Rickie Lee Jones – Duchess of Coolsville
- August 12
Soulive – Funk Jazz Organ Trio
Breakestra – Hip-Hop Funk Beats
- August 19
Mick Taylor – Legendary Guitarist/Former Rolling Stone
Tom Nolan Band – Blues, R& B and Soul
- August 26
- September 2
Dr. John & the Lower 911 – New Orleans Icon
Eddie Baytos & the Nervis Brothers – World Mardi Gras Music