This gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre has been hosting concerts since the LA Philharmonic first played here in 1922. Nestled in an aesthetically blessed fold in the Hollywood Hills, the 18,000-seat venue can bring out the romantic in the terminally cynical. It's the summer home of the LA Phil, but it's hosted everyone from the Beatles to Big Bird, and today mixes classical concerts with all manner of rock and pop.
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2301 N Highland Ave
|Opening hours:||Box office: Tue-Sun noon-6pm|
|Price:||Tickets $1-$150; parking $17-$35.|
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Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the beloved annual tradition, featuring classic ballet and the iconic 1812 Overture with the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display.Classical and opera Friday August 5 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016Read more
Sufjan Stevens + Kurt Vile and the Violators + Ibeyi
Sufjan Stevens may be the finest pop composer of the last decade, from the cinematic strings of "Chicago" to the Space Age symphonies on The Age of Adz. Stevens manages to wrap complexly arranged suites and heartbreaking acoustic songs into shows that...Rock and indie Sunday August 7 2016Read more
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50 Years of Jeff Beck
For 50 years, Jeff Beck has serenaded the world with his captivating guitar sound that transcends genres. Watch this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee perform live at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate five decades of hypnotic guitar playing. Other guests...Concerts Wednesday August 10 2016Read more
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Childhood friends Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero used to be in a thrash metal band before they moved to the seaside to hone their slinky take on flamenco. That heavy background shines through in their visceral live shows, full of frenzied fret...Latin and world Sunday August 14 2016Read more
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The Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles
Be prepared for a musical explosion at the Hollwood Bowl as some of the biggest names in jazz come together for one special night to honor the music of Ray Charles, his orchestra and the Raelettes. Maceo Parker, who has worked with James Brown and Prince,...Concerts Wednesday August 17 2016Read more
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
When Blues Hall of Famer Ben Harper whips out his trusty harmonica, you know you’re in for a good time. Filling up the Hollywood Bowl with a foot-tapping, soulful mash-up of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock, this Mississippi native and standout crew,...Folk, country and blues Friday August 19 2016Read more
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his globe-spanning collective of virtuoso musicians from the East, the West and all points in between, tour behind their latest record, Sing Me Home. The new album features a mixture of traditional and original songs arranged by members...Classical and opera Sunday August 21 2016 - Wednesday August 24 2016Read more
It's rare these days that a supergroup lineup actually holds up to the "super" part, but that's certainly not the case with Mega Nova. Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, lead this funk and jazz ensemble that...Jazz Wednesday August 24 2016Read more
After years of confronting the typical pop-group problems—quibbling, intra-band romance, addiction, figuring out how to transition away from shoulder pads—Culture Club has reunited—again, after a 2014 tour cancellation. Boy George hit town behind a new...Rock and indie Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016Read more
Shakespeare at the Bowl
Shakespeare may have died 400 years ago, but his work lives on in many forms. In this production at the Bowl, classic scenes from a variety of his plays will be performed by actors from Shakespeare's Globe. The program also includes music by the LA Philharmonic,...Tuesday August 30 2016 - Thursday September 1 2016Read more
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I live in LA for three years before I finally made it to the Hollywood Bowl, and boy was I blown away. The venue is simply stunning and the experience of seeing a show there is beyond anything you could possibly get anywhere else.
When I lived in Chicago, my LA-native friend once chided me for not knowing about the Hollywood Bowl. “You of all people should know,” she said. And seeing as I play music and generally enjoy going to concerts, she was right. I should have known. The Bowl is an absolute blast, and absolutely one of LA’s treasures. I’ll never forget bursting into tears from the first note of Audra McDonald’s show tunes set. Whether your favorite artist is performing, or you’re just looking for a great night of entertainment in the open air, the Hollywood Bowl is one of the first places you should go to fall in love with the city.
The Hollywood Bowl is one of those experiences that you can only get in Los Angeles. Watching a concert or show in the Bowl instantly transports you into another environment that feels miles outside of any city yet it's comfortably nestled between Hollywood and The Valley. If you traveling to LA or your a resident, you have to make it to a show here. Do it. Pick a show. Any show.
Seeing a show at the Hollywood Bowl is an essential LA bucket list activity. The location is just perfect, and it feels like you've stepped into a magical place; the walkways a twinkly and tree-lined, escalators zip patrons up and down the hill, there are picnic areas everywhere. It's so enchanting that you'd never know you're around the corner from one of the city's busiest intersections. As for the amphitheater itself, it's an enchanting place to see a show. Some summers are better than others, but there's always something exciting to see in the season schedule.
I always enjoy concerts here because its not too big so every seat has a good view. To avoid parking hassle, reserve a parking spot in advance here to guarantee your parking spot in advance. http://www.parkme.com/los-angeles-parking/hollywood-bowl
This is great, but for anyone checking this out there's TONS more shows on the Bowl website: Dudamel Conducts..., Pink Martini, Blue Man Group, etc. See you @ the Bowl!