The first sign of the 2016 Hollywood Bowl season is the announcement of the 38th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival. Set for June 11th and 12th the line-up will include Seth MacFarlane, Fourplay, Cécile McLorin Savant and Janelle Monáe. The full line up will be announced on March 1st (also when single seat tickets go on sale). Again hosted by George Lopez.
This marks the 4th year that the event will be produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Last year the LA Phil put on a great show. The official Playboy Jazz Festival page.
The LA Phil has started notifying current Hollywood Bowl Summer Series subscribers that on-line renewals will begin Tuesday, November 3rd. Renewing early offers two benefits.
- First in line for seat upgrades
- The ability to purchase seats for special events like July 4th, Sound of Music and Movie Night
From the LA Phil newsletter:
Beginning November 2, you can secure your seats, be first in line for upgrades, changes or additional series, and purchase popular non-subscription concerts before the general public.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved increases in ticket prices for the 2016 Hollywood Bowl season. The increase is scaled so that the concertgoers who are able to afford the higher priced box seats will be affected the most.
The increase in prices start at the $30 seats ($31 in 2016). More expensive seats will increase from $2-$7. The biggest increase ($10) will be applied to the Garden and Pool seats. Parking fees will stay the same.
The LA Phil announced today that it has signed a 10-year contract with Sodexo Leisure and the Los Angeles-based culinary company the Lucques Group, to provide exclusive food and restaurant services throughout the Hollywood Bowl. The contract starts with the summer season in 2016. This ends the 15-year run with the Patina Restaurant Group. Big change.
Excited to see what changes are made!
The Hollywood Bowl box furniture received an update. Early this year the boxes at the Hollywood Bowl were updated to included a stainless steel frame and new Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Last month the Garden and Terrace box updates continued. The old chairs and tables have been replaced with a more modern version.
The chair frames are now wood and the canvas seats have been replaced with a mesh webbing. They are more comfortable but do take more space in the box making things a bit more cramped.
The tables are basically the same size and shape but offer a better locking mechanism. This is a welcome change since the old lock-in-place tables never felt 100% secure.
For people who want to know more about the Hollywood Bowl read Jeff Miller’s 15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL on Thrilllist.com. You can entertain family and friends at your next concert.
The Hollywood Bowl has updated their theater policies. Most remain the same from last year. Camera and Candle restrictions, noise levels and late seating (which I wish they would enforce a bit more). The newest restriction…no selfie sticks. Times do change. Lol.
Here are the complete theater policies for the Hollywood Bowl.
It’s that time of the year. Hollywood Bowl summer series, 5 packs and 3 packs have lived out their usefulness. Starting Sunday, May 3rd you can purchase single tickets to LA Phil sponsored Hollywood Bowl performances.
Sign up for the Hollywood Bowl newsletter and you will get a special code to purchase single tickets before May 3rd!
On Monday, March 2nd group sales start for Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl (June 20th) featuring inductee Journey. Also group sales open up for the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13th and 14th) on Tuesday, March 3rd,
Hollywood Bowl Group Services can help get the best seats, picnic areas, parking and even seat cushions! Hollywood Bowl Group Services can be reached at 323-850-2050.
Last year the benches at the Hollywood Bowl got replaced. This year the boxes at the Hollywood Bowl get the same love. Every box at the Hollywood Bowl will be rebuilt with stainless steel and Alaskan Yellow Cedar (same as the benches). From the looks of the construction the box design will remain the same. The Hollywood Bowl has said that the tables and chairs will be replaced. I hope the side tables are easier to set up and that they figure out a better solution for the third table used in the boxes of six. Looking forward to seeing the Hollywood Bowl Boxes on opening night!