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Photo 1 Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams and more at the Hollywood Bowl Friday, July 12, Photo 2 Disney ‘80s-‘90s Celebration in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, July 19, Photo 3 Barbie The Movie: In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, July 27 (Photos LA Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl)


  • By Arlene Winnick

Ask any Angeleno to name the quintessential evening in Los Angeles and they will respond: “The Hollywood Bowl.”  Since 1922 the open-air amphitheatre with its classic band shell structure has been the premier destination for live music and events and this year is no exception. The July calendar is packed- simply overflowing with more than seventeen performances and events celebrating every genre of music and song.

Things begin with a very loud bang with the traditional July 4th Fireworks Spectacular hosted for three nights by pop culture icon, Grammy and Emmy winner Harry Styles Jr. accompanied by Thomas Wilkinson and the LA Philharmonic. Later in the month is Beck, one of the most adventurous forces in music often called a one-man festival, will be followed by the Godmother of Soul herself, Patti La Belle – Straight No Chaser shows off her unique vocal stylings.Fan favorite Chaka Khan never disappoints. This year she celebrates 50 years in the music industry still belting out her empowering anthem “I’m Every Woman.”

This year LAArtsOnline.com will continue to sponsor the annual Bowl picnic — delicious food and drink followed by an All-Gershwin event on July 11. I am a big fan of movie music so I’ve already circled mid-month for Maestro of the Movies – Music of John Williams and more. Also count me in for an evening of music from Les Miz, Miss Saigon and other Broadway musicals on July 28.

Looking for a nostalgic event the whole family would enjoy? Disney in Concert comes to the bowl with a musical celebration featuring songs and clips from their iconic movies from the ‘80’s and ‘90s. Fair warning: Get you tickets early for Barbie: The Movie In concert. The award-winning film will be shown accompanied by an all-female orchestra!

The wide variety of performances continue throughout the month. For classical music fans the Bowl features an All-Beethoven night; Ray Chen Plays Tchaikovsky; ballet favorite The Firebird Suite and for those that love dance the Bowl welcomes Mexico’s premier dance company for an unforgettable evening. On July 17 Big band aficionados can enjoy a swinging evening from top musicians and three sellout bands.

What better way to close out a music packed month than with Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Festival with featured guests Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant.

For tickets, show times, and complete summer line up, click here.