Los Angeles Magazine article on the Hollywood Bowl

Nice article from Los Angeles Magazine on the Hollywood Bowl’s history and changes made through the years. Box seats up to $100? Not since 5 years ago…lol.

A Closer Look at the Hollywood Bowl, Past and Present

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Hollywood Bowl Super in Your Box Seats

Every season we try at least once ordering Super in Your Box Seats when we attend a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Super in Your Box Seats is part of the Hollywood Bowl’s Food + Wine program.

There are many choices including 3-course meals, a la carte choices, picnic boxes and my favorite; family style dinners. We often get a starter cheese plate or sushi platter then we share a family style dinner. The family style dinner is normally meant for two but is more than enough food especially considering our starter selection.

There are five family style choices.

BBQ FOR TWO – sweet tea brined fried chicken; st louis style pork ribs; braised beef brisket; cornbread and rolls; tomato and watermelon salad; coleslaw; long-cooked greens; summer berry buckle with pecan streusel.

MOROCCAN FEAST FOR TWO – 3 hummus- fava bean, chickpea, beet, zatar lavash; spiced carrots; shaved summer squash, preserved lemon; labneh, toasted seeds,parsley, mint; chicken tagine with apricots, saffron couscous, almond, harissa; chocolate torta, pistachio, candied citrus zest.

SEAFOOD FOR TWO – maryland crab cakes with old bay aioli; lobster and shrimp rolls with meyer lemon and soft herbs; spiced steamed shrimp with cocktail sauce; succotash salad; coleslaw; potato salad; vanilla cheesecake with strawberries and blackberries.

SUSANITA’S CARNITAS FOR TWO – ceviche de mariscos with shrimp, octopus and fluke; sweet corn tostadas; patio salad: cucumber, tomato and romaine; pork carnitas; javi’s guacamole; black beans; tomato rice; pico de gallo; tres leches cake with mango, coconut and lime.

VEGETARIAN MOROCCAN FOR TWO – 3 hummus- fava bean, chickpea, beet, zatar lavash; spiced carrots; shaved summer squash preserved lemon; labneh, toasted seeds,parsley, mint; summer vegetable tagine with apricots, saffron couscous, almond harissa; chocolate torta, pistachio, citrus zest.

Your box is set-up with table cloths, plates, utensils, bottled water and ice. The servers are attentive and helpful. You can have your dessert before the show starts or wait for intermission. You may also order wine from your server however we always bring our own. A much less expensive option. My favorite family style dinners are the BBQ and the Seafood. Both very well prepared and hold up well in the outdoor venue.

You must pre-order 24 hours before your concert although in the past I’ve been able to call the day of and the Hollywood Bowl staff has been able to accommodate me. Give it a try. You will not be dissapointed.

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See the Hollywood sign from the Hollywood Bowl

Make sure you see the Hollywood Sign when you visit the Hollywood Bowl. I watch a lot of people come in to the Hollywood Bowl, take a few photos of the shell and then leave. If you are visiting the Hollywood Bowl make sure you walk up the steps to at least half way for a great view of the Hollywood sign. A great Hollywood photo op!

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Hollywood Bowl Super Seats get a makeover

The Super Seats at the Hollywood Bowl got a makeover this off season. The aging plastic green seats with a built cup holder that made up sections G1, H and J1 have been replaced with some nice and what I can only assume is a composite material seats. The cup holders may be gone but the new Super Seats are more roomy and comfortable than their predecessor. Nice upgrade for the Hollywood Bowl Theater.

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Hollywood Bowl 2018 Box Office Opening Day – April 29

The Hollywood Bowl 2018 Box Office Opening Day is another step towards the Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl. Again this year they will be issuing wrist bands and announcing updates on Hollywood Bowl’s Twitter feed. Good luck to all who venture to the Hollywood Bowl Box Office this morning!

From the Hollywood Bowl Web Site:

Tickets go on sale at 10AM via HollywoodBowl.com and 323.850.2000.

For those who want to purchase in person at the box office, due to limited time and space, only 450 total patrons can be accommodated on opening day.

Wristband Policy Statement – general:
On April 29, we will distribute 400 wristbands. The first 300 will be drawn randomly. Patrons in line will randomly pick a wristband and then will be placed in line in numerical order based on the number on their wristband. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 8AM with the random draw concluding by 9:45AM. The remaining 100 wristbands will be handed out in sequential order. If you do not receive a wristband on that day, please come back another day or purchase tickets online at hollywoodbowl.com. Please do not arrive prior to 6am.

Wristband Policy Statement – ADA:
On April 29, we will distribute 50 wristbands randomly to customers purchasing accessible seating. Patrons in line will randomly pick a wristband and then will be placed in line in numerical order based on the number on their wristband. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 8AM with the random draw concluding by 9:45AM. If you do not receive a wristband on that day, please come back another day or call the Accessibility Services department between 11AM and 5PM, beginning Tuesday, May 1. Please do not arrive prior to 6AM.

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Hollywood Bowl single ticket sales

Single tickets for LA Phil sponsored shows at the Hollywood Bowl will go on sale Sunday, April 29th.  Want to beat the rush and get better seats?  Sign up for either a Summer Series Subscription or a Create Your Own (CYO) package.  Choose five or more concerts and get best available seats before single tickets sales start.  As a bonus the LA Phil is tossing in a sixth concert for free. The voucher you will receive is good for two free reserved bench seats to any Tuesday (classical), Wednesday (jazz), Thursday (classical) or Sunday (world music) concerts.

Even though the Hollywood Bowl has a fan-friendly online box office presence, many people still like to travel to the Hollywood Bowl Box office and wait in line to speak with a box office agent.  For the last few seasons the Hollywood Bowl has set up a wrist band system and announcing Numbers on twitter and Facebook. It’s time to start planning your summer!

Father John Misty (June 24), Flying Lotus (June 17) and Reggae Night XVII (July 1) are currently on sale.

Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza

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Hollywood Bowl 2018 Summer Season announced

The Hollywood Bowl 2018 Summer Season was announced early this morning along with a revamped website.  

Performances that catch my eye are Jennifer Hudson, Kenny Loggins (with Michael McDonald and Christopher Cross), Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band (with the O’Jays), TajMo (with Melissa Etheridge), Kristin Chenoweth and Queen Latifah.  Off course these are all slanted towards my taste in music. There are man many more great shows scheduled.

As mentioned here, Diana Ross will headline Open Night at the Hollywood Bowl.

The number of Hollywood Bowl movies continue to grow with Jaws, Pink Panther, Harry Potter and a few Star Wars flicks.  This year’s Broadway musical is Annie.  John Williams is back celebrating his 40th anniversary of his Bowl debut!

The season ends with Harry Connick, Jr. celebrating New Orlean’s 300th birthday.  This should be a festive show.

This season much of the top acts seem to be lease events and produced by Hewett, Silva & Livenation.  Seems to be a trend over the past few years.

There is a little something for everyone in this year’s schedule.  I am looking forward to what others say about the 2018 Hollywood Bowl Summer Season schedule. Let the summer begin (it’s 43 degrees outside).

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Hollywood Bowl Opening Night with Diana Ross

This years Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee will be Diana Ross and will take place on Saturday, June 16th.  Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl is the official kick off of the summer season and the annual fundraiser.  Most of the Garden Boxes are part of VIP packages which include a pre-concert cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner and valet parking. All proceeds from Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its education and community programs.  Diana Ross last performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2016.

You can learn more about the VIP packages here while Terrace Boxes and bench seats can be purchased through the Hollywood Bowl site.

No matter where you sit the concert will end with a Hollywood Bowl fireworks finale!

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Hollywood Bowl revamps their site

Along with the 2018 Season being announced this morning the Hollywood Bowl has also revamped their site.  The new site is more dynamic and less cluttered.  The subscriber portal (My Account) has also been updated.  Looking forward to exploring the new layout.  Diggin’ the new fav icon too!

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Walk the Hollywood Bowl

Now is the perfect time to walk the Hollywood Bowl.  While there are many more lease events hosted at the Hollywood Bowl these days, they do not typically start until April.  The LA Phil manages the performances at the Hollywood Bowl however the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation owns and operates the venue which makes the Hollywood Bowl a park open to the public.  Being a public park the hours are sunrise to sunset however the theater portion of the Hollywood Bowl opens at 8AM (subject to rehearsal and event closure).  During the early morning hours you may see a few people exercising by running up and down the steps but don’t be surprised if you have the entire Hollywood Bowl to yourself.  Later in the morning and early afternoon you can expect to see sight seeing busses roll in to drop off tourist to your the SoCal icon.
 
Take the time to do things that can only be done when the Hollywood Bowl is near empty.  Walk up to the Pool section and check out the best seats in the house.  Visit the Hollywood Bowl waterfall. Walk up the stairs to the Rooftop Grill.  If you are so incline walk to the very top of the Hollywood Bowl and take in the amazing view of the Hollywood Hills.  Looking for a bit more structure?  Try the Hollywood Bowl’s Bowl Walk.  The new Bowl Walk exhibit features visual displays through the park, presenting information on the cultural events, history, and architecture of the Hollywood Bowl.
 
Which ever way you decide to walk the Hollywood Bowl enjoy!
 
Hint: You can get a great picture of the Hollywood Sign by walking up the steps past section M1.
 
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