(credit: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)

(credit: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)


As one of the most iconic outdoor concert venues in the world, The Hollywood Bowl is undoubtedly a terrific place to see a live show. This summer and fall, the Hollywood Bowl will be putting on some great shows. Here are our top picks of shows you won’t want to miss out on.
 
Hollywood Bowl
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The Hollywood Bowl has hosted many great performers since its opening back on July 11, 1922. From Al Jolson, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday; to The Beatles, The Doors and The Beach Boys; to Cher, The Who, Depeche Mode and Kanye; the who’s who of music has graced that stage at one time or another. This summer is no different and a hot line up for this summer has already been listed. You can catch Sting, Gladys Knight, Culture Club, Black Sabbath, Dolly Parton and The Four Seasons as well as these other great artists that will entertain the whole family.

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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Diana Ross
July 15, 2016 at 8pm

The legendary Diana Ross will be appearing one night at The Hollywood Bowl and it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Performing classic Motown hits like “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Coming Out” will definitely bring back memories. Her more pop culture hits such as “Upside Down,” “Muscles” and “Chain Reaction” will keep the good vibes going. And of course, the parade of costume changes is worth the price of admission, alone.

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(credit: LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)


LA Phil – Dudamel Conducts Westside Story
July 19, 2016 at 8pm

Who didn’t fall in love with West Side Story? From its Broadway debut in 1957 to the cinematic release in 1961, West Side Story is a love story that withstands the test of time. The soundtrack itself has a cult following and LA fans can drench themselves in the passionate and poignant arrangements of “Maria,” “America,” “Jet Song,” “Tonight” and many others performed by the LA Phil, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

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(David Buchan/Getty Images)


Weird Al Yankovic
July 22 and 23, 2016 at 8pm

What happens when Weird Al Yankovic teams up with a full orchestra? Pretty much anything! With his first release “My Bologna” more than thirty years ago, this California native has come a long way with his clever lines and parodies. No one is off limits and Weird Al has charmingly made fun of some of the most successful names in the music industry like Michael Jackson, Lady GaGa, Nirvana, Madonna, Pharrell and Lorde. There are many more names in his arsenal of parodies and satirical originals so grab a ticket and enjoy the ride.

 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


Ben Harper
Aug 19, 2016 at 8pm

Three time Grammy winner Ben Harper, another talented California native, comes home to perform one night at The Hollywood Bowl. An exceptional singer-songwriter, Harper is skilled with various instruments (guitar, piano, bass, drums) and has a Lenny Kravitz-Bob Marley vibe with his blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock sound. Performing songs from early in his career (Blessed to Be a Witness, Love Gonna Walk Out On Me, Ground on Down) as well as his more commercial hits like Lay There & Hate, Me Steal My Kisses and Better Way, Harper and his band Innocent Criminals pair up with a full orchestra to make one unforgettable show.

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(Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Tennessee Department of Tourism Development)


Old Crow Medicine Show
Aug 20, 2016 at 8pm

Formed back in 1998, Old Crow Medicine Show paid their dues playing the club circuit across the US (and Canada) winning fans along the way with their old-time/alt-country sound. Now, 18 years later they’re playing one incredible night at The Hollywood Bowl. This 7 piece string band won a Grammy for their 9th album, Remedy, back in 2014 and reached another career high when their smash hit Wagon Wheel went platinum. Playing original, pre WW II, blues and folk songs, Old Crow Medicine Show is nothing short of a fun and uplifting experience. They’ve teamed up with singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile with the release of her 6th album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. These two great acts are sure to bring the house down.

Related: Guide to LA’s Best Outdoor Concert Venues

Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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