Since I was a little girl, my parents would listen to Etta James, and I became a big fan of her's. Never ever would I have thought I would get to see this lady performing live at the Hollywood Bowl!
Here is a tip for you: when you go to the Bowl, park your car at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave, and walk alongside Highland Ave to the Bowl (10 minutes walk). Do this to avoid the parking frenzy at the bowl itself.
Bring a basket with wine, glasses and goodies (everybody does it and it is allowed!!!) go somewhat early and just kick back and relax and wait untill the show starts.
I had so incredibly much fun! The ambiance was great, people were so laid back enjoying their drinks and food... it was awesomne...
Our tickets were only 12 dollars!!!! What a deal!!!
Once called Bolton Canyon, the Hollywood Bowl began in 1922 when it's audience sat on wooden benches and its stage was nothing more than a couple of sheets of wood where it's entertainers would perform from. Since its simple beginnigs the Los Angeles Phiharmonic has been performing here. Such celebrities such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Elton John, Phil Collins, Cher, Glen Campbell, and Josh Groban who was performing on a beautiful 4th of July night.
Pepper tree lane you can see along on top of the columns the letters spelled out Hollywood Bowl. I am sure not too many folks recognize them. Also along with path is tree lined with Pepper trees since 1924.
They allow folks to bring in coolers with food and drink. So many families were able to enjoy the park like settings. Some picnic areas open as early as 4 hours before each concert and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis, one person per table.%
Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Museum can be enjoyed by whole family during the museum's public hours since it sits outside the bowl. The exhibits are very "kid-friendly," and interactive, with music-making, computers, earphones to listen to music, slideshows, movies, TV shows, and cartoons featuring the Hollywood Bowl. There were not many people enjoying the museum since it is free. I don't think folks were aware of it since there were hardly anyone the museum. There are two floors of wonderful exhibits covering the history of the bowl.
A fountain was built at entrance to Hollywood Bowl featuring a 15-foot high granite statue of the Muse of Music designed by George Stanley and built by the County of Los Angeles Engineer's Department in cooperation with the WPA and the Southern California Arts Project.
It was hard getting a good photo of it since there was so much traffic, so I use the underground walkway to get to the other side to get some close up photo's. Just be careful.
Many entertainers have graced this magnificent stage.
With the Hollywood Sign in the background it is a sight for sore eyes.
We only had a tour but would love to return with tickets to a show
Seeing any show at the Hollywood Bowl is highly recommendable. As a thing of beauty, the exterior of the bowl is stunning. The venue is widely considered the best in pure sound quality. I had the pleasure to see and hear the beautiful Faith Hill in 2009. Summertime is especially a time to come as the lineup of musicians is outstanding and evenings are almost always lovely weatherwise.
Come early to show for the early parking. Traffic is absolutely atrocious here! More on that in my Warning tips of Hollywood!
If you have any opportunity to see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, you should! One of the very few venues that allow you to picnic on there grounds and bring your own food and drink. If you are fortunate to have seats in a terrace box, that is great because they provide tiny tables for you. I've seen people bring tablecloths, candles, wine and wine glasses. I've done it and enjoy it immensely! Last Friday evening, we saw Genesis. Unfortunately, the tickets indicated no glass/no cans. You could still bring your picnic but without the glass or cans. We ended up having our picnic on a bench just before you enter the venue but still on the premises. The bowl is an outdoor venue, usually rain or shine. Well, it did rain a little. I was prepared having my rain poncho. It came in handy. I still enjoyed the show!
The Hollywood Bowl is a great place to go and see a concert with friends or family. Take a picnic lunch so you can eat and drink while listening to some great music. One thing to keep in mind though is the parking and travel time. Word of advice for first timers - DON'T PARK AT THE BOWL! Parking at the Hollywood Bowl lots are stacked and it can take FOREVER to exit after a show.
Try checking this site before you go: http://www.parkme.com/los-angeles-parking/hollywood-bowl
There are some great parking tips here and you can even find cheap parking lots in the Hollywood area with the map. But best of all there is a great list of Park-and-Ride locations where you can park your car and take a shuttle bus straight to the bowl. Just remember that traffic in Hollywood is almost always terrible so give yourself plenty of time before showtime to get to the Bowl.
hollywood bowl is the place to be for large concerts in the los angeles area and is just more than a mile north of the famous hollywood boulevard area as it is a large ampitheater with it's distinctive band shell architecture of the amphitheater. various large open hall concerts have been done at this iconic structure and it is usually closed if there are no performances scheduled in the premises.