Playboy Jazz Festival – let the summer begin

This Saturday, June 10th, the Hollywood Bowl season unofficially begins as the LA Phil presents the 39th Playboy Jazz Festival.  Just four years ago the Playboy Jazz Festival was produced by Playboy Enterprises and had the distinction of being the only lease event to be treated as an LA Phil produced event where concert goers could bring in their own alcohol.  Since then the PJF has been organized by the Los Angeles Phil and the exception no longer is needed.

There have been a slew of lease events this spring including just last night’s Lady Antebellum.  For lease events the Pool Circle boxes are replaced with folding chairs. This morning the Hollywood Bowl crew already have the boxes back in place.  The 2-day Playboy Jazz festival is a favorite of mine and a great way to spend the weekend.  Get there early and enjoy the music.

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Hollywood Bowl Plaza construction update

Looks like the Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza construction is getting close to completion.  You would guess it would have to be with the first lease event of the season (Korean Times Music Festival)  happening the day before and Opening Night at the Bowl just six weeks away.

Of course the Hollywood Bowl Plaza design is beautiful. The Bowl Store, Market Place and Box Office all look like they could open any week now.  Walking up to the Hollywood Bowl theater near the Wine Bar off to the right are the beginnings of new structures that will be the hosting various food carts.  Looking forward to seeing which food vendors call these new permanent structures home.

Here are some photos. Enjoy!

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Hollywood Bowl theater now opens at 8am

The Hollywood Bowl theater area now opens up at 8am.  As one who enjoys walking the Hollywood Bowl weekend mornings at 7AM, I was surprised to see the barricades. At first I thought it might be due to the plaza construction however the next weekend a sign appeared explaining the lack of early morning access.

“The policy in place was created by the LA Phil to ensure the safety and security of all of our visitors to the Hollywood Bowl,” said Leni Boorstin, director of community and government affairs for the L.A. Philharmonic.  While the land is controlled by the Los Angles County, the LA Phil owns the Hollywood Bowl.

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Playboy Jazz Festival tickets on sale now

Tickets for the 39th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl went on sale today.  The two-day music festival, hosted by George Lopez, is set for Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th.  

Today the LA Phil announced the full line-up and order of appearance for both days. The show starts at 3PM both days and goes until 10:30pm.  There are still great seats including Terrace Boxes at face value.  Many folks love heading to the top of the Hollywood Bowl where seats start at just $21.  Remember this is a LA Phil sponsored event so bring alcohol is allowed.  Just be sure to follow the cooler size restrictions Check here for house rules.

Looking forward to seeing TajMo (The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band!

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Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza construction

The Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza renovation is well underway.  Looks like the construction crews are even working Saturdays to get the updated plaza completed for the first performance on May 5th.

The Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza is being remodeled to include a new food court, expanded picnic area, an updated Hollywood Bowl store and a modernized  Box Office.

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2017 Hollywood Bowl season announced

This morning the LA Philharmonic announced the 2017 Hollywood Bowl Season schedule.  Among the shows are perennials like John Williams, Diana Krall and Tchaikovsky.  The live-score films in 2017 are Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  The live stage performance for 2017 is Mamma Mia!

Notables for the 2017 Hollywood Bowl season are Tony Bennett, a 70s revival of sorts featuring Kook & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time and the Village People, Steve Winwood with Marvis Staples, Blondie with Garbage and Jewel.

Dudamel will conduct nine concerts at the Bowl, the most yet! The Fireworks Finale this year is The Muppets Take the Bowl.  Waka waka!

The complete 2017 Hollywood Bowl Season schedule is up at the Hollywood Bowl site. Countdown to Open Night at the Hollywood Bowl begins!

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Opening Night & Movie Night performances set

The LA Philharmonic have announced that the Moody Blues will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Hollywood Bowl Opening Night, Saturday, June 24th.  The Moody Blues are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. There will of course be fireworks and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be conducted by Thomas Wilkins.

In addition the LA Phil announced that this year’s Movie Night, held on Sunday, September 17th will be Hollywood Bowl Movie Night John Williams: Maestro of the Movies.  As in the past David Newman will start the evening conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to featured film clips. 

Both nights are always enjoyable. Nothing compares to John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl talking about the movies he has scored.


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Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza renovation

Next up for the Hollywood Bowl is the complete renovation of the Box Office Plaza. During the off-season the Box Office Plaza will be remodeled to include a new marketplace and expanded picnic area, an updated Hollywood Bowl store and a modernized  Box Office (I hope they fix they window speakers … lol). It is nice to see that each year they do major upkeep on the property.

Here is the before photo.  Looking forward to the post renovation photo!

Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza


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2017 Playboy Jazz Festival

Save the dates for the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 10 & 11, 2017.  Priority order forms for box and bench seats will be sent in early January. The all-star line-up will be announced in March!  Official Hollywood bowl link for the Playboy Jazz Festival.

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Hollywood Bowl 2017 season renewals

It is that time of year.  Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, Hollywood Bowl renewals for the 2017 season start today.  Renewing early does provide some good benefits.  First you get your name on the upgrade list for better seats.  Second you get to purchase tickets now for “subscriber add-on” concerts.

Opening Night with Fireworks

Sing-A-Ling Sound of Music

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix (July 2, 3 and 4)

Smooth Summer Jazz

The LA Phil also upgraded the My Account web portal.  It is much cleaner and easier to use than the old site. A welcome upgrade.


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