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Hollywood Bowl 2020 Lineup: Brandi Carlile, Herbie Hancock, Janelle Monáe, Cynthia Erivo, The B-52s, & more!

The Hollywood Bowl just announced its upcoming season, so you can start planning your nights of music under the stars today. There’s nothing like summer in Los Angeles, and there’s no better place to experience it than the Bowl. Read on for the Hollywood Bowl’s 2020 lineup. Highlights include The Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, Maxwell, and so many more. See you at the Bowl this summer!

All photos courtesy of Hollywood Bowl.

Playboy Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7

Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl: Brandi Carlile with Fireworks
Saturday, June 13
Kick off the 2020 Hollywood Bowl season in style with Brandi Carlile, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and a fireworks display that’ll light up the Hollywood sky. The five-time Grammy® winning singer, songwriter, and producer rises to every occasion, whether it’s the 2019 Grammys – where her performance was hailed as “robust, ragged, full of sneer and hope” by The New York Times and “breathtaking” by Rolling Stone – or her recent 2019 sell-out appearance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. With the accompaniment of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Thomas Wilkins, she’ll share songs that expertly capture the rush of love, the pangs of heartache, and everything in between.

Jill Scott
Sunday, June 21
R&B vocalist and songwriter Jill Scott packs a punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert
Saturday, June 27
Relive the magic of Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with the score performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Watch Harry become a wiz at potions, win Felix Felicis, and uncover the meaning of Horcruxes! HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)

Andrew Bird with Calexico and Iron & Wine Mandolin Orange
Sunday, June 28
Singer, songwriter, and violinist Andrew Bird brings his lyrical touch to classically informed folk music, leading to a nomination at the 2020 Grammy® Awards for his new album My Finest Work Yet. Grammy®-nominated Calexico and Iron & Wine bring dusky Southwestern textures to their stunning live show. Chapel Hill folk duo Mandolin Orange sets the mood at the top of the evening.

July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with The Beach Boys
Thursday, July 2,  Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4
As The Beach Boys mark more than half a century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. Dozens of the band’s chart-toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth; “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo,” and many more have propelled them to over 100 million albums sold – and made them icons around the world. Their sunny hits will set off a three-night July 4th extravaganza, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic joining in, plus patriotic favorites and a legendary fireworks show. These are good vibrations you’ll be feeling all summer long!

Dudamel Conducts Carmina Burana
Tuesday, July 7
Gustavo Dudamel ignites the Bowl’s classical season with the mother of all power choruses. Carl Orff’s iconic score sets a sequence of irreverent medieval texts with ear-beguiling melodies and brightly colored orchestration.

Dudamel Leads Márquez World Premiere
Thursday, July 9
Dudamel presides over this Latin music celebration, featuring the world premiere of Arturo Márquez’ Violin Concerto written for Anne Akiko Meyers, plus his Danzón No. 2 that is so beloved in his home country that it is called the unofficial “second national anthem” of Mexico.

Fantasia, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Friday, July 10
Fantasia is one of the most prominent forces in R&B, with the Houston Chronicle saying “Her power is in her live performances, a searing balance of joy and pain.” Eleven-time Grammy® winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the most celebrated artists, singers, songwriters, and producers of the past three decades.

Pentatonix with Orchestra
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday July 12
The three-time-Grammy®-winning, multiplatinum-selling vocal quintet comes to the Hollywood Bowl for two nights of original songs and imaginative arrangements of everything from pop and hip-hop to electronica and country with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil.

Beethoven 250 
Tuesday, July 14
In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, this concert boasts a fabulous mix, from the composer’s radical Egmont Overture and Second Piano Concerto with Javier Perianes to the inspiring Prisoner’s Chorus from his only opera and his celebrated Choral Fantasy that served as a precursor to his Ninth Symphony – all concluding in a rare performance of Wellington’s Victory.

All Rachmaninoff
Thursday, July 16
Indulge in a night of Romantic Rachmaninoff, beginning with the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Yulianna Avdeeva. According to The Guardian, the Russian pianist “strikes chords with precision, every note perfectly tempered. Her pacing is born of intelligent feeling and clarity of thought, and her ability to finesse … puts many to shame.”

Janelle Monáe with Orchestra
Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18
Janelle Monáe is one of the most celebrated artists of our time. An eight-time Grammy®-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, performer, activist, and fashion icon, she is known worldwide for her inimitable style and visionary sound, which celebrates the spectrum of identity. Monáe’s 2018 album Dirty Computer was nominated for two Grammy® awards in the categories of Album of the Year and Best Music Video. She’s joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for two nights of funk and R&B.

Maxwell with Orchestra
Sunday, July 19, at 7PM
Three-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Maxwell hooks his supple and soulful R&B to the elegant backing of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and his veteran touring band, with new arrangements of songs from throughout his three-decade career.The Alabama Shakes singer paints a soulful portrait of life in 21st century America in all its complexities, while Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow expand the horizons of jazz, soul, and R&B with their experimental visions.

Pictures at an Exhibition
Tuesday, July 21, at 8PM
Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan is making debuts around the globe. For his first Bowl appearance, he leads the powerful Pictures at an Exhibition and John Williams’ thrilling Trumpet Concerto, featuring the LA Phil’s Principal Trumpet.

The Planets
Thursday, July 23, at 8PM
Gustav Holst’s fan-favorite The Planets transports us on an out-of-this-world journey, exploring the astrological personalities that inhabit our solar system, from the combative Mars to the joyful Jupiter and the mysterious Neptune.

School of Rock
Friday, July 24, Saturday, July 25, Sunday July 26
Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock follows rock-star wannabe Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, riff-scorching, all-conquering band! But can Dewey get them to the Battle of the Bands and help them embrace the exhilarating message of rock? Find out as the Bowl’s annual musical this summer teaches the quintessential lesson of the power of music!

Liszt & Dvořák
Tuesday, July 28
The incredible Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays one of his specialties, Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. Former Dudamel Conducting Fellow Ruth Reinhardt serves up energetic Dvořák in her Bowl debut with a selection of Bohemian-inspired Slavonic Dances and the entrancing Seventh Symphony.

Chick Corea and The Spanish Heart Band Featuring Rubén Blades Los Van Van
Wednesday, July 29
Chick Corea has been melding progressive jazz with Latin rhythms and textures for decades. For his Grammy®-winning new album, Antidote, the pianist gathered an expert eight-piece band – including sensational singer Rubén Blades – to pursue a flamenco-inflected sound that harkens back to his classic 1976 album My Spanish Heart. Meet The Spanish Heart Band, the all-star group built for rhythm, augmented on stage by a flamenco dancer, and geared to recreate the frenetic, Latin-infused sound of Corea classics like “Spain,” along with cuts from My Spanish Heart and Touchstone. Opening the evening is veteran Cuban group Los Van Van, who invigorated post-revolution Cuba with their “songo” sound, bringing together the traditional Afro-Cuban music of the island with rock and R&B.

John Williams & Anne-Sophie Mutter: Across the Stars
Thursday, July 30
It’s an all-star evening as superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and iconic composer John Williams perform a special program of music from their acclaimed album Across the Stars, featuring re-imagined versions of Williams’ memorable themes from Star WarsSabrina, Far and Away, Harry Potter, and many more.

Warner Bros. Presents: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony – 80th Birthday Celebration
Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony returns to the Bowl for a double celebration – the 30th anniversary of this beloved concert, and the 80th birthday of Bugs Bunny! Iconic Looney Tunes moments and brand-new cartoons play on the big screens while the LA Phil plays the original scores live. It’s the ultimate edition of this critically acclaimed concert! LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20) 

Reggae Night XIX: Rebelution, Toots & The Maytals Jah 9, DJ Mackle
Sunday, August 2
The Bowl’s annual reggae celebration returns for its nineteenth edition, with Southern California reggae-rockers Rebelution leading the way alongside the legendary Toots & The Maytals, Jah9, and DJ Mackle.

Dvořák & Brahms
Tuesday, August 4
The drama and lyricism of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto calls for a soloist like Christian Tetzlaff, whose “soaring tone and transparent lines and bow strokes [make] every note sound with absolute clarity” (Boston Classical Review). Gemma New also leads Brahms’ cheerful Second Symphony.

Miss Peggy Lee at 100 with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Debbie Harry, special guest
Wednesday, August 5
One of the most popular jazz singers of the big band era, with a smoky subtlety that could stop the brashest band in its tracks, Peggy Lee sang her way to 13 Grammy® nominations and two awards – including one for Lifetime Achievement – with her trademark voice. Not only did she bring a velvety tone to her work with Benny Goodman, scoring major hits with “Somebody Else is Taking My Place” and “Why Don’t You Do Right?,” she was also an accomplished writer, with songs like “Mañana” and “I Don’t Know Enough About You” earning her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Long after most singers of her era had retired, she continued to grow artistically and commercially, scoring a hit in 1969 with the Lieber and Stoller song “Is That All There Is?” and teaming up with Paul McCartney, who wrote, arranged, and produced the title track of her 1974 album Let’s Love. To celebrate her 100th birthday, Debbie Harry joins the backing of The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, who open the evening with a rousing set of standards and favorites from the swing era.

Elgar’s Cello Concerto
Thursday, August 6
One of the greatest cellists of her generation, MacArthur “genius” award winner Alisa Weilerstein probes the emotional caves and corners of Elgar’s great masterpiece. For the second half, the exciting new music director of the San Diego Symphony, Rafael Payare, revels in lush, colorful French repertoire.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8
Bramwell Tovey leads the annual weekend spectacular filled with beloved Tchaikovsky favorites, topped in dazzling fashion by the 1812 Overture and the Bowl’s primetime pyrotechnics.

Polo & Pan, Parcels, Poolside, Lido Pimienta
Sunday, August 9
Hailed by The New Yorker as “funky yet suave, uniquely fun…a blend that invites both surprise and enchantment,” Polo & Pan join us for one breezy, starry summer night with Parcels, Poolside, and Lido Pimienta.

Dudamel & Bolle
Tuesday, August 11
Principal dancer étoile at Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company, Roberto Bolle joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for a breathtaking collaboration of ballet and music.

Charlie Wilson
Wednesday, August 12
Charlie Wilson returns to the Bowl! The R&B icon whose career has spanned over four decades will be bringing his must-see show full of Gap Band and solo hits – including his new hit single “Forever Valentine,” produced by Bruno Mars – to the Hollywood Bowl. Wilson’s soulful voice and funky demeanor propelled The Gap Band to international stardom with songs like “Burn Rubber On Me” and “You Dropped a Bomb On Me.” His solo career boasts #1 hits such as “I’m Blessed,” “You Are,” and “There Goes My Baby” and has earned him 13 Grammy® Award nominations, NAACP Image Awards, and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. His influence also extends deep into the world of hip-hop, with Pharrell, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and many more referencing his work – and collaborating with him in the studio. His show is one you don’t want to miss on Wednesday!

Dudamel Conducts Bernstein’s Wonderful Town
Thursday, August 13
Gustavo leads a concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s delightful 1953 musical – with lyrics by the legendary Betty Comden and Adolph Green – which tells the comedic travails of two talented young women from Ohio just arrived in New York to seek their fortune.

Little Big Town with Orchestra
Saturday, August 15
Debuting more than two decades ago, Little Big Town has won over country music fans with their four-part harmonies and mega-hits such as “Boondocks,” “Pontoon,” “Girl Crush,” and “Better Man.” The quartet – Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook – released their ninth studio album Nightfall with a sold-out premiere performance at Carnegie Hall. Recognized as one of the most important vocal groups in country music, Little Big Town has earned more than 40 award show nominations and in the past five years has taken home nearly 20, including multiple Grammy®, and AMA, People’s Choice, CMA, ACM awards, and an Emmy Award. The 2014 Grand Ole Opry inductees went on to receive their star on the Nashville Walk of Fame in 2017.

Brittany Howard, Thundercat, Georgia Anne Muldrow
Sunday, August 16
The Alabama Shakes singer paints a soulful portrait of life in 21st century America in all its complexities, while Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow expand the horizons of jazz, soul, and R&B with their experimental visions.

Celebrating the Suffragettes
Tuesday, August 18, at 8PM
Marking a century since the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which afforded U.S. women the right to vote, conductor Marin Alsop leads this 100-year celebration featuring music by leading women composers.Gustavo Dudamel ignites the Bowl’s classical season with the mother of all power choruses. Carl Orff’s iconic score sets a sequence of irreverent medieval texts with ear-beguiling melodies and brightly colored orchestration.F

John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip, Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Wednesday, August 19
It’s John Fogerty’s 50 Year Trip! The iconic singer-songwriter behind some of the most memorable songs ever recorded, including “Proud Mary”, “Fortunate Son”, and “Born on the Bayou”, is celebrating his momentous career. “My 50 Year Trip” will feature a collection of his legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, including the set list from Fogerty’s transcendent performance at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, in addition to other fan favorites.

Amadeus Live in Concert
Thursday, August 20, at 8PM
Experience the multi-Academy Award®-winning 1984 film Amadeus under the stars with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing the score of Mozart’s celebrated works live.

Cynthia Erivo
Friday, August 21
The Grammy®, Tony®, and Emmy® Award winner shows off the incredible vocal power she brought to Bad Times at the El Royale – and that led to her 2020 Oscar® nominations for Best Actress and Best Original Song in Harriet – with a night of classic jazz, soul, and more. 

James Blake with Orchestra
Saturday, August 22
The Grammy®-winning electronic musician and songwriter who NME calls “one of the world’s greatest producers” adds another name to his sterling list of collaborators alongside Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, and Frank Ocean: the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Not Our First Goat Rodeo: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, with guest Aoife O’Donovan
Sunday, August 23
An astounding group of virtuosos – Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin — reunite live for the first time in nearly a decade. Joined by featured vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, the lively talents of these exceptional artists come together on stage to create a singular sound that’s part composed, part improvised, and uniquely American — music so complex to pull off that the group likens it to a goat rodeo, airplane pilots’ nickname for a situation in which many different things need to go right to avoid disaster. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, this concert presents “unlikely musicians on unlikely instruments in concerts … that [are] part blues, part bluegrass and a smidgen of Bach.”

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
Tuesday, August 25
Dutch conductor Edo de Waart leads the LA Phil and Stefan Jackiw in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Jackiw’s recent performance of that concerto led BachTrack to call him “a master at turning out notes of laser-like accuracy and pristine clarity.”

Dave Brubeck & Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, August 26
Dave Brubeck and Charlie Parker are two treasured legends in the history of jazz. On this unforgettable night, the Bowl pays tribute to them both with a pair of centennial celebrations.

Yuja Wang Plays Shostakovich
Thursday, August 27
The reliably jaw-dropping Yuja Wang takes on Shostakovich’s jaunty, fierce Second Piano Concerto, while the incoming director of the Toronto Symphony leads Tchaikovsky’s emotive and dramatic Fifth Symphony.

The B-52s with Orchestra
Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29
The party atmosphere of their live concerts is as legendary as their music. The B-52s team up with the LA Phil and bring their wild energy – and hits like “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” and “Roam” – to the Bowl for two incredibly fun weekend nights with BERLIN.

Smooth Summer Jazz: George Benson, Boney James, Kenny Lattimore, Mindi Abair
Sunday, August 30
It’s a double shot of Hollywood Bowl favorites when George Benson and Boney James co-headline our annual smoothed-out mini-festival. Joining them is singer Kenny Lattimore, who made a splash at his Smooth Summer Jazz debut last year, and hard-rockin’ saxophonist Mindi Abair. Soak up the last easygoing days of summer at the Bowl.

Mozart Under the Stars
Tuesday, September 1
Celebrated conductor Louis Langrée is joined by the LA Phil’s Principal Concertmaster and Principal Viola for Mozart’s elegant Sinfonia concertante, topped by the composer’s rich and vibrant “Prague” Symphony.

The Firebird Suite
Thursday, September 3, at 8PM
Former Dudamel Fellow and fast-rising conductor Elim Chan interprets Stravinsky’s soaring and majestic suite from The Firebird, which with its many colors and textures is a showpiece for orchestra.

Maestro of the Movies: John Williams
Friday, September 4, Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6
John Williams and David Newman conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Bowl’s annual celebration of the memorable music of Williams and other scores that provide the emotional heartbeat of some of Hollywood’s most beloved films.

Rhapsody in Blue
Tuesday, September 8, at 8PM
With an affinity for both jazz and classical, Aaron Diehl brings his imaginative and elegant approach to Gershwin’s much-loved Rhapsody in Blue. Bramwell Tovey leads Gershwin’s An American in Paris, which inspired the 1951 film, plus classic film scores by Bernard Herrmann.

Hiatus Kaiyote
Wednesday, September 9, at 8PM
The two-time Grammy® nominees build their laid-back electric soul out of grooving piano, Nai Palm’s smoky vocals, and perpetually shape-shifting rhythms.

Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, September 10
The beloved Bramwell Tovey leads a night of melodic Mendelssohn, joined by the vibrant Bomsori Kim — in her Bowl debut — who was hailed by The New York Times for playing “with fierce dramatic commitment.”

Diana Ross
Friday, September 11, Saturday, September 12
One of the greatest entertainers of all time returns to the Hollywood Bowl for a two-night tour of her hits, which include “I’m Coming Out,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” and so many more.

The Princess Bride in Concert
Sunday, September 13
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… Experience one of the most beloved films of all time as never before – with the power of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performing composer Mark Knopfler’s entire musical score live-to-picture! Princess Bride Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  

Sheryl Crow, Lake Street Drive
Wednesday, September 16
Nine-time Grammy® winner Sheryl Crow brings hits like “All I Wanna Do” and “Soak Up the Sun” to the Bowl stage, alongside the sun-drenched soul music of Lake Street Dive, which Rolling Stone labeled “irresistible.”

Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum
Wednesday, September 23
One of the most restlessly creative artistic forces in jazz history returns to the Hollywood Bowl. Whether he’s collaborating with the LA Phil or dialing in sounds from outer space, any appearance from Herbie is a chance to discover something new. Superstar singer/songwriter/pianist – and dynamic showman – Jamie Cullum returns to the Bowl for a rollicking set. 

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Saturday, September 26
Bring it back to “Do” with the von Trapps – and thousands of Angelenos. Sing-A-Long Sound of Music brings the song-filled hills of Europe to the gorgeous Hollywood Hills for a night of singing and celebration. Brush up on “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell,” get together with your favorite friends, and dress up in your finest Alpine mountainwear: The best-costumed kids and adults win prizes at our pre-show, featuring the always hilarious Melissa Peterman. Raise your Edelweiss and join us!

For the full schedule and ticket info, pack your picnic basket and head over to Hollywoodbowl.com.

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