February 4, 2014 |
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Stars under the stars is what the Hollywood Bowl is all about. In the 2014 Bowl season announced Tuesday by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a number of them - namely, the cast of “Hair” -- will be briefly nude and spouting some salty language. And Gustavo Dudamel, the star most fundamental to the Phil's fortunes, will conduct a composition of his own for the first time in L.A. The cluster of names assembled for the season also includes Esa-Pekka Salonen, making his first Bowl appearances since stepping down as the Phil's music director and taking up his lifetime baton as its conductor laureate.
August 26, 2010
One of the leading lights operating from the bleeding edge of electronica and avant-garde immersion, the Chemical Brothers claim the Bowl for a long night of danceable, multimedia brain melting. They're bringing the electro-funk fromage titans Chromeo and the arty floor-fillers Yacht along for the ride. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. Sun. $17.25-$141. (323) 850-2000.
July 5, 2012
MOVIES "Frozen Planet" in Concert comes to the big screen at the Hollywood Bowl. A co-production of the BBC and Discovery Channel, "Frozen Planet" features breathtaking images of earth's vast, wild polar regions. The film will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by composer George Fenton. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Prices vary. (323) 850-2000; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
September 25, 2012 |
Just a week removed from announcing a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 9, Barbra Streisand is adding a second and reportedly final performance for this tour on Nov. 11. The Bowl joins New York City's Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the only venue thus far announced as hosting two dates with the vocalist. The second Bowl performance goes on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Tickets for Streisand's first date are already sold out and are fetching from $127.50 to as much as $9,999 for front row-center seats on the secondary market site StubHub.
April 1, 2013 |
The Hollywood Bowl will get a little bit country, and a little bit whacked-out experimental pop this season. Keith Urban and Björk have each announced new dates at the venue over the summer and fall. Björk's June 11 Bowl show continues her long-running tour for her latest album, "Biophilia. " The tour, which incorporates a heavy visual and multimedia component, will also make two stops at the Hollywood Palladium on June 2 and 5 with an idiosyncratic "in-the-round" stage setup. While in L.A., the singer will also collaborate with MOCA to expand the universe of her "Biophilia" app package, which deconstructs the songs and allows users to get their hands dirty in manipulating its sounds.
October 27, 2012 |
What follows are a few random observations and notes about Bob Dylan's set at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. --As a 15-song display of his work, Bob Dylan's show was unimpeachable. Few of his fans could complain about one that began, for example, with his saucy “You Ain't Goin' Nowhere” and ended with a frolic through “Blowin' in the Wind.” In between he played “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Love Sick,” "Make You Feel My Love," “All Along the Watchtower,” and “Desolation Row,” among others.
August 4, 2013 |
At age 69, Diana Ross is no longer the sylph fashionista who forged the template for modern pop diva-dom. Mother of five and grandmother of two, she's still glamorous and beautiful (appearing a good two decades younger than she is) and her voice, though no longer able to hit those glorious high notes, remains remarkably supple. It's precisely because her voice is still so wonderfully emotive that her sold-out Hollywood Bowl concert Saturday night was both thrilling and frustrating.
September 1, 2011
MUSIC '80s nostalgia was the order of the day for much of the aughts, but the Totally '80s Hollywood Bowl show reminds us what people actually listened to back then. The B-52s, Human League, the Fixx and Berlin cut some of the decade's most iconic tracks, and if you don't want to cuddle with a significant other during "Take My Breath Away," you don't deserve to wear leggings and headbands. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25-$100. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
July 27, 2013 |
Two experiences that helped foster my devotion to music, growing up, were watching Leonard Bernstein's "Young People's Concerts" and going to the Hollywood Bowl. Thanks to Bernstein, I began to sense the wonder of music. Thanks to the $1 seats at the top of the Bowl, I had the opportunity to get out of the living room and hear the likes of the great violinist Jascha Heifetz. He sounded dimmer and looked even tinier on the stage of the distant shell than he did on a 1950s TV screen.