Hollywood Bowl Announces Concert Lineup
Fireworks Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire (Sept 13/14) Hollywood Bowl Orchestra * Thomas Wilkins, conductor
The members of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire have been the masters of funk, soul and R&B for over four decades. Their music has influenced popular culture for generations and has become the soundtrack for so many lives. In a triumphant return to the Bowl, they'll groove through their hits, including "Shining Star," "Fantasy," "After the Love Has Gone," "September," and many more.
Queen Latifah Roy Ayers (July 10)
Movie star, rapper, Grammy-winner, Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Queen Latifah is also an entrancing vocalist known for singing cool sophisticated standards and swinging soul classics. Returning to the Bowl after her triumphant 2007 concert, she brings a charismatic blend of sass, easy-going humor and a voice reminiscent of jazz greats Etta, Nina and Ella. Funky jazz vibesman Ayers opens.
Multi-Grammy-winners and long-time musical Friends Sérgio Mendes and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall share the Bowl stage for a night of sublime jazz and irresistible Brazilian rhythms. Alpert & Hall bring their inventive sophistication and style to jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook. Renowned for hits such as "Mas Que Nada" and "The Look of Love," Mendes closes out the party with his breezy Rio-pop grooves.
Props To Pops: Dr. John's Tribute to Louis Armstrong The Blind Boys of Alabama, special guests Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Brunious, guest trumpeters Additional special guests to be announced (July 31)
New Orleans pianist Dr. John, with special guest trumpeters and singers, pays a loving tribute to New Orleans' most famous son, the great Satchmo. From "Mack the Knife,""When the Saints" and "Wonderful World" to his other lesser-known but seminal works, we bring Pops' world to life with gritty, swamp-style grooves and some unexpected renditions.
Iconic comedian and accomplished instrumentalist Steve Martin brings his love of bluegrass and the banjo for a humorous and spirited set with the Steep Canyon Rangers and special guest Edie Brickell. New Orleans' Pres Hall play vintage jazz and Peyroux opens with her Billie Holiday-tinged vocals and poetic, eclectic repertoire.
An Evening with Natalie Cole Additional artist to be announced (Aug 14)
Nine-time Grammy-winner, songwriter and beloved vocalist Natalie Cole has a career that ranges from gospel and R&B to the Great American Songbook. For this special return to the Bowl, she brings a new show and exciting new material that will be unforgettable.
Buddy Guy Funky Meters (Aug 21)
A pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, #30 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," a six-time Grammy-winner and recent Kennedy Center Honoree, Buddy Guy makes a welcome return with his searing guitar work and signature vocals. Tapping into The Roots of super-group The Meters, the Funky Meters blend funk, blues and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.
The consummate saxophonist celebrates the span of his musical career, from the '60s through Weather Report to the present day, with a jazz "who's who" of Friends and musical colleagues.
George Benson: An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole Dianne Reeves (Sept 11)
One of the world's great jazz guitarists and vocal stylists, George Benson celebrates the release of a new CD paying tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole in a wonderfully elegant show with orchestra and chorus plus his band. A magical moment in music history is captured with tunes such as "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy" and "Ramblin' Rose," as well as some of Benson's own mega-hits. Four-time Grammy-winner and premiere jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves is the perfect complement with her gorgeous interpretations of standards and pop tunes.
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