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Pencil This In: Trombone Shorty, Dustbowl Revival at the SaMo Pier, Dendê & Band at the Skirball and a 'Fish Fry'

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Here's the short list of events happening tonight, including free concerts at the Skirball with Dendê & Band and at the Santa Monica Pier with Trombone Shorty and Dustbowl Revival; a Venice Art Walk Surf & Skate Silent Auction; and a variety show and music salon at Wacko / La Luz de Jesus.

It’s another night of music at the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. The great bill tonight features the New Orleans sounds of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (who was amazing at the Hollywood Bowl last year) and Venice-based bluegrass/gospel/swing collective Dustbowl Revival. KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd spins tunes between sets. 7 pm. Free.

Venice Art Walk’s 2013 Surf & Skate Silent Auction happens tonight at 6 pm at Robert Berman Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The third annual Surf & Skate silent art auction features custom surfboards and skate decks designed by professional surfers, skateboarders and artists. This year’s theme is all under the theme of The Endless Summer. The auction proceeds benefit the Venice Family Clinic. The auctions end at 9 pm, at which time The King’s English performs. Tickets: $15 (includes event entry, a drink coupon and raffle ticket to win a "Surf & Skate in Venice" raffle package).

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On the last Thursday of the month from 8-11 pm, Billy's Fish Fry and Community Socialtakes over Wacko / La Luz de Jesus. The Fish Fry is a variety show of music, spoken word, performance, live art and more, putting a spotlight on several generations of Los Angeles performers. Hosted by Blaine Capatch, the guest lineup includes Bob Forrest, Buddy Zapata's Junkshop Republic, They Shoot Horses Don't They featuring Mike Marit & Greg Boaz (Tex & the Horseheads / Thelonious Monster). Free.

Tonight at 8 pm, The Skirball concludes its 2013 Sunset Concerts series with a free concert featuring the music of Dendê & Band, who combine Brazilian music with Afrobeat, reggae, merengue, samba for beats perfect to get feet moving on the dance floor. Get there early because KCRW’s Jeremy Sole spins records in the courtyard, prior to the band’s performance, from 7-8 pm or explore the Skirball and its exhibitions (except Noah’s Ark), which are free and open until 10 pm. Visitors can bring food, but no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Parking is $10 cash only.

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