This is your week to indulge in the summertime fun at the Hollywood Bowl, with shows worth going to for the next six days solid. Tickets remain available for all of these, starting near $20.
Tonight – LA Phil/ Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem. A potent piece of music by one of the most beloved composers on earth, which many of us will surely find relevant right now.
Wednesday July 12 – Charlie Wilson & En Vogue. EV are my favorite group from the New Jack Swing era, real old school lunar-note harmonies with some badass funk backing. Wilson, veteran of the Gap Band, is sure to keep the Party Train going.
Thursday July 13 – LA Phil/ Dudamel Conducts Ellington & Gershwin. Our great American composers get the concert presentation they deserve.
Friday July 14 & Saturday July 15 – Kool & The Gang, Village People, If Charlie and EV have not saturated but only stimulated your funk neurons, you’ll want to be back on the weekend. Kool & The Gang opening for Van Halen about ten years ago was one of the best support groups ever, one with a large number of familiar tunes, still playing sharp and tight.
Sunday July 16 – Sparks. The Brothers Mael have had a fantastic latest chapter to their career, playing quality new music to ever-bigger crowds, becoming darlings of the festival circuit. This is their biggest hometown headlining gig ever, expect them to pull out all the stops, like having keyboard player Ron do his old-guy dance across the front of the stage.
Visit the Hollywood Bowl website for tickets & more info.