NEXT HUNDRED YEARS: The Hollywood Bowl’s 2023 season comes a year after the famed venue feted its centennial. (Courtesy LA Philharmonic Association)

Eclectic mix of classical, pop, jazz and more on tap

Fresh from celebrating its centennial, the Hollywood Bowl’s operators today announced the lineup for its upcoming season, with its usual mix of classical and popular music programming that launches with an opening night Janet Jackson show.

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Operated by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Los Angeles County-owned shed’s season runs from June to September and will include “classical concerts under the stars with LA Phil Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, who returns for his 14th Bowl season, conducting the orchestra along with a host of guests.

Longtime Bowl performer Herbie Hancock is serving as the Phil’s creative chair for jazz and will helm the venue’s Jazz Plus nights.

Miss Jackson (with special guest Ludacris and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), kicks off the season on June 10.

Louis Tomlinson is booked for June 30.

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ROCKETS’ RED GLARE: The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is an annual tradition at the Hollywood Bowl. (Adam Latham photo)

The annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular features the Beach Boys and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra July 2-4. Also in July: two nights of Kool and the Gang and the Village People (14-15), Sparks and They Might Be Giants (16), a Quincy Jones 90th Birthday Tribute (28-29).

Culture Club convenes at the Bowl Aug. 25-26.

Other highlights include King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (June 21), Carla Morrison (Aug. 12) and a double bill of Air Supply and Michael Bolton (Sept. 3).

Maxwell will lead the venue’s Fireworks Finale Sept. 8-10, with programming announced so far continuing through Sept. 24.

Live Nation—Hewitt Silva also promotes a slate of shows annually at the Bowl.

The full lineup:


10; Janet Jackson: Together Again Opening Night at the Bowl, with special guest Ludacris

17-18: Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, hosted by Arsenio Hall, feat. Kamasi Washington, Leon Bridges, West Coast Get Down, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Digable Planets, Poncho Sanchez, Aziza, The Soul Rebels with Big Freedia, Samara Joy, Lionel Loueke and Gretchen Parlato, Boukman Eksperyans, Butcher Brown, Andrew Gouché and Prayze Connection, The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA, The Cardinal Divas of SC, LACHSA Jazz, LAUSD / Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band, (additional names to be announced).

21: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

22; Jill Scott

24 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” in Concert (Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

25: The Game Awards 10-Year Celebration (Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

30: Louis Tomlinson


2-4: Fireworks Spectacular with The Beach Boys (Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

6: A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dudamel

7-9; Maestro of the Movies: John Williams with the LA Phil Friday

12: Charlie Wilson, En Vogue

13: An Ellington Celebration (Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor)

14-15: Kool & The Gang/Village People

16: Sparks/They Might Be Giants

18: Estancia with Dudamel

19: Diana Krall

20: Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with Dudamel

21-22 Café Tacvba with the LA Phil, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

23: Reggae Night XXI (KCRW Festival; Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Third World)

25: Rhapsody in Blue (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Slatkin, conductor)

27: Pictures at an ExhibitionLos Angeles Philharmonic Stéphane Denève, conductor)

28-29: Quincy Jones’ 90th-Birthday Tribute: A Musical Celebration

30: Everybody Rise! A Sondheim Celebration (Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Kevin Stites, conductor)


1: All-Rachmaninoff (Los Angeles Philharmonic Shiyeon Sung, conductor)

3: A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Caleb Young, conductor)

6-7: Portugal. The Man, Chicano Batman, Say She She (KCRW Festival)

Elgar and Beethoven Tuesday, August 8, 8PM Los Angeles Philharmonic Ryan Bancroft *, conductor Hélène Grimaud, piano Caroline SHAW Entr’acte BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 ELGAR Enigma Variations

9: Joe Bonamassa with orchestra

10: Sibelius and Grieg (Los Angeles Philharmonic Tarmo Peltokoski, conductor)

11: Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado Big Band Salswing Tour!

12: Carla Morrison

13: Maggie Rogers (KCRW Festival)

15: Symphonie fantastique Los Angeles Philharmonic Jonathon Heyward, conductor)

16: Gladys Knight

17: Shostakovich and Dvořák (Los Angeles Philharmonic Anna Rakitina, conductor)

18-19: Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor)

20: My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes (KCRW Festival)

22: Chris Thile and Appalachian Spring (Los Angeles Philharmonic Teddy Abrams, conductor)

23: Herbie Hancock

24: Joe Hisaishi and La mer T(Los Angeles Philharmonic Joe Hisaishi, conductor Joe)

25-26: Culture Club

27: Smooth Summer Jazz Dave Koz and Friends with special guests Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, Morris Day & The Time

29: Beethoven at the Bowl Los Angeles Philharmonic Simone Menezes, conductor)

31: The Four Seasons (Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gemma New, conductor)


1: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert (Los Angeles Philharmonic David Newman, conductor)

3: Air Supply, Michael Bolton

5: Mozart Under the Stars (Los Angeles Philharmonic ,Nicholas McGegan, conductor)

6: Buddy Guy, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

7: Bach and Mendelssohn (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor)

8-10: Fireworks Finale: Maxwell

12: The Planets (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Karen Kamensek, conductor)

13: Jacob Collier with the LA Phil (Thomas Wilkins, conductor)

16: Sing-A-Long Sound of Music (Melissa Peterman, host)

17: TBA (KCRW Festival)

20: Promises featuring Floating Points with Shabaka Hutchings and more (KCRW Festival)

24: Los Auténticos Decadentes, plus more artists to be announced (KCRW Festival)