Is it that time already?
Yes, for the 89th time, it is. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association just announced the line-up for the 2010 Hollywood Bowl season, and despite its age, the outdoor beauty will stage a few firsts: Gustavo Dudamel's first Bowl subscription concerts as music director, and Herbie Hancock's debut as the Bowl's new creative chair for jazz. Add to that a host of Bowl-friendly, KCRW-approved international artists, including Senegalese singer and guitarist Baba Maal, British electro-pop chanteuse Goldfrapp, legendary Jamaican roots reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, LA polyglots Ozomatli, and the big beat electronic riffage of the Chemical Brothers. You may as well just invest in a few cases of wine right now, because you'll end up swigging through it under the stars.
After the jump: the schedule
Here's a selection of this year's pop, rock, jazz and whatnot offerings. For a complete listing of the Bowl's classical and popular presentations, check the Hollywood Bowl's website.
KCRW'S WORLD FESTIVAL
Baaba Maal, Tinariwen, Fool's Gold
Goldfrapp, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo
Reggae Night with Jimmy Cliff, TBA
The Chemical Brothers, TBA
¡VIVA MEXICO! With Ozomatli and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
JAZZ AT THE BOWL
WEDNESDAYS, 8 PM
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Creative Chair for Jazz, Herbie Hancock, presents his first jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl with eight concerts:
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Terence Blanchard with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Richard Bona
Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Holland Big Band, Dave Douglas Big Band.
B.B. King and Buddy Guy
Neville Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Trey McIntyre Project, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Herbie Hancock: Seven Decades, The Birthday Celebration
GUSTAVO DUDAMEL PERFORMANCES
Bizet's Carmen conducted by Dudamel
Dudamel performs George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Leonard Bernstein's On the Town. Dudamel and the Phil are joined by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero. (August 3)
Gustavo Dudamel performs Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, Falla's Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2, and Ravel's Bolero, as well as Piazzolla's Adios Nonino and Bernstein's Divertimento. (August 5)
July 9, 10, 11
A Beatles Celebration with conductor Thomas Wilkins, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special guest vocalists to be announced.
July 16 & 17
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, a melding of classical music and classic Warner Bros. cartoons.
July 23 & 24
Planet Earth Live! Footage from the celebrated BBC television series Planet Earth accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of composer, George Fenton. (July 23 & 24)
August 6 - 8
Rent, fully-staged production.
August 13 & 14
Harry Connick, Jr. with his big band and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Sept. 3 & 4
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Earth, Wind & Fire performing for the first time ever with full orchestra.
Pink Martini with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Again, for a full schedule, hit here.