Every summer, Hollywood Bowl welcomes some of the best musicians of every era and genre, its stage often graced with exclusive collaborations and tributes. Today, the venue has announced its 2016 season schedule, and there are loads of exciting shows to look forward to.
Things will kick off on June 11th and 12th with the Playboy Jazz Festival, set to feature Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane with his Big Band, Janelle Monáe, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human. The official season opening is actually the 18th, when Steely Dan will play with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins.
In July, there will be a live-to-picture score performance and screening of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, featuring David Newman conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Michael Giacchino’s score. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson will perform Pet Sounds with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on July 10th, with M. Ward opening. Ten days later, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers will participate in a tribute to the late Allen Toussaint, featuring The Allen Toussaint Band, Galactic, and more special guests to be announced.
“Weird Al” Yankovic will perform on July 22nd and 23rd, while Kurt Vile and The Violators will play August 7th. August also sees a Jeff Beck tribute with Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, and more special guests. Other highlights include Rodrigo y Gabriela (08/14), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (08/19), Brandi Carlile with Old Crow Medicine Show (08/20), Kraftwerk 3-D (09/18), Sigur Rós performing their first US show in nearly three years (09/24), and a three-night fireworks finale with Jeff Lynne’s ELO (09/09-11).
It’s worth noting that when acts like Kurt Vile and Bloc Party are listed with “additional artists to be announced,” odds are these are bands playing Coachella that will be revealed once the festival is over. See the full Hollywood Bowl summer schedule below, and check out the venue’s website for ticket information and details.
Hollywood Bowl 2016 Summer Season:
06/11-12 — Playboy Jazz Festival w/ Four Play with Nathan East, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, and Harvey Mason; Cécile McLorin Slavant; Seth MacFarlane Big Band; Janelle Monáe; John Batiste & Stay Human; host George Lopez
06/18 — Opening Night at the Bowl w/ Steely Dan, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins
07/01 — A Prairie Home Companion w/ Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Sarah Jarosz, Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins
07/02-04 — July 4th Fireworks Spectacular w/ Chicago, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins
07/08-09 — Star Trek – In Concert w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor David Newman
07/10 — Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, M. Ward
07/15-16 — Diana Ross
07/20 — Yes We Can Can: An Allen Toussaint Salute w/ Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, The Allen Toussaint Band, Galactic, special guests
07/22-23 — “Weird Al” Yankovic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins, additional artists to be announced
08/03 — Gladys Knight, Tower of Power
08/07 — Kurt Vile and The Violators, additional artists to be announced
08/10 — 50 years of Jeff Buck w/ Beth Hart, Buddy Guy, additional special guests to be announced
08/14 — Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins
08/17 — The Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles starring Maceo Parker w/ A Tribute to the Ray Charles Orchestra, A Tribute to the Raelettes, Christian McBridge Big Band, Philip Bailey
08/19 — Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Thomas Wilkins
08/20 — Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show
08/24 — Mega Nova feat. Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman Santana, Marcus Miller, Carlos Santana
08/26-27 — Culture Club, Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Bramwell Tovey
08/31 — The Academy Celebrates The Black Movie Soundtrack II w/ Marcus Miller, host Craig Robinson, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Vince Mendoza, special guests to be announced
09/02-04 — John Williams: Maestro of the Movies w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor John Williams, conductor David Newman
09/07 — Carlos Vives
09/09-11 — Fireworks Finale w/ Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins
09/14 — Artists TBA
09/18 — Kraftwerk 3-D
09/24 — Sigur Rós
09/25 — Bloc Party, MS MR, additional artists to be announced