Year after year, the Hollywood Bowl plays host to a stellar roster of acts representing multiple genres and decades of music. This season is certainly no exception, as the Bowl will be featuring one of the best lineups in recent memory. Pack your picnic basket, bring the wine, put on a comfortable pair of shoes and prepare yourself for some hot summer nights at the Bowl.
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Date: July 10, 2016 at 7pm
Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson is back again in Los Angeles, but this time around he’s got something special planned. Wilson, and with fellow Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and former band member Blondie Chaplin will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of “Pet Sounds,” arguably the greatest album of all time, by playing the album in its entirety. If that’s not enough, the band will be performing an additional set of Beach Boys hits. Fun fun fun, indeed.
Dates: July 15-16, 2016 at 8pm
The legend that is Diana Ross will be making her long-awaited return to the Bowl after an eight year absence. You can look forward to a night Motown classics, disco hits, and other Ms. Ross favorites from her over five decade career.
Weird Al Yankovic
Dates: July 22-23, 2016 at 8pm
If you thought 2016 couldn’t get any weirder, think again. The “Comedy Bang Bang” bandleader and Lynwood native Weird Al Yankovic makes his long overdue Hollywood Bowl debut which just might feature more costume changes than a Beyonce concert. All hail the master of song parodies and pop polka medleys!
Dates: August 12-13, 2016 at 8pm
Samba and pop icon Sergio Mendes celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of his band Brazil ’66 and the upcoming summer Olympic games in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. This non-stop dance party will feature a slew of special guests including long-time Mendes collaborator Herb Alpert, jazz vocalist Diane Reeves and Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Dates: September 10-11, 2016 at 7:30pm
Expect fireworks of both the musical and pyrotechnic varieties when Jeff Lynne’s ELO returns to Los Angeles after a triumphant tour preview at the Fonda back in November. Now is a good time to get yourself acquainted with “Along in the Universe,” the band’s first studio album in fourteen years, and reacquainted with their numerous hits from decades past.
Dates: September 24, 2016 at 8pm
Under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl might just be the perfect setting to enjoy the dreamy soundscape of this beloved Icelandic trio. The band promises to debut new songs and perform reinterpretations of old classics. If their celebrated 2005 performance at the Bowl is any indication, this just might be the can’t miss show of the Summer.
Article by Dave Klein.