Bombino and Hanni El Khatib at the Santa Monica Pier

The most recent entry in to the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert series featured Bombino and Hanni El Khatib performing to a packed crowd on the pier that spilled out on to the beach. The weather and setting was picturesque, though Bombino’s opening set was lackluster. I wasn’t familiar with their music but it consisted of a jangly guitar melody, bouncy drum beat and slightly varied tempos.

Hanni El Khatib put on a strong, energetic performance (though the supporting guitarist/bassist were a bit dull). The sound was muddy but not overly hampered as the band ran through covers and tracks from both of his full length albums.

Overall it was a great show, a nice crowd and a fantastic setting for a concert. (It was also sponsored by myspace — the new myspace.)