Going to the Hollywood Bowl this summer

It’s that time of year again! The truly “Angeleno” summer experience that is going to a concert at The Hollywood Bowl is here.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday. If you’ve never been, and you plan on visiting LA during the summer, this should be included in your to-do list.  Click here for a handy guide in English and en Español.

This is the way we do it in LA:

  • Get a group of friends confirmed, and somebody volunteers to go buy your tickets in advance. I love the cheap seats, but if you score a 4 seat box at the Bowl, kudos amiguitos.
  • On the day of the event you carpool or take the Shuttle. Parking at the Bowl es un don de Dios. It can get a bit jammed, but with a little patience you can get in and out fairly smoothly.
  • Get there early in the afternoon and have a picnic at the benches or the communal area. Seating can also get crowded, but people are friendly and accommodating. Set up your table with manteles, cubiertos, cheese and wine, and bring your favorite picnic stuff. Enjoy a classic California bon vivant evening pre-concert time.

This year I am particularly excited about the “America and Americans” Festival, where “The Dude” himself, the amazing LA Phil Conductor Gustavo Dudamel will hold court over a week long series, including one night with Juan Luis Guerra and culminating with a not to be missed concert with Mr. Plácido Domingo.

También viene Juanes, with a very interesting collaboration with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, for two nights in a row. I may just have to camp out at the Bowl all throughout that week in August. Aren’t we just spoiled in Los Angeles?

Here’s a few noteworthy concerts:

Liza Minelli. Saturday August 11, 2012, 8 pm.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Verdi’s Rigoletto. Sunday August 12, 7:30 pm.

Gustavo Dudamel and Juan Luis Guerra. Tuesday August 14, 8 pm.

Ruben Blades and Eddie Palmieri. Wednesday August 15, 8pm.

Dudamel conducts Copland. Thursday August 16, 8pm

Juanes with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Plus Fireworks! Friday August 17 and Saturday August 18, both nights at 8pm.

Dudamel and Domingo! Sunday August 19, 7:30 pm

Dudamel and Domingo. Detail from Hollywoodbowl.com

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