I LOVE the Hollywood Bowl! It is such an amazing outdoor music venue. You can BYO picnic dinner with wine, or grab wine and cheese from the Market Cafe, or get one of the best burgers in Los Angeles at Staccato.
Last Friday, the Mister, my friend Wendy, and I went and saw Pink Martini at the Bowl for either the 4th or 5th time. If you don’t know who Pink Martini is, you need to click here, here, or here and listen to some awesome music, while you keep reading!
Pink Martini is a 16 (ok, maybe 17-20 if you include all the guest singers) piece band from Portland, Oregon and they create music which is somewhere between a 1930′s Cuban dance hall, a Carnival parade in Rio, and a language lesson in Japanese, Farsi, Italian, and French.
Plus, they have awesome artwork! And if reincarnation existed, I would love to come back as China Forbes with her amazing voice!
The band puts on such an amazing show, and when the Los Angeles Philharmonic is behind them, it is even better! Each show is different with surprise guests, some of whom include Ari Shapiro, Phyllis Diller, the cast of Sesame Street, the lead singer’s nieces, family members, etc.
Before the show, Wendy and I checked out the Hollywood Bowl Museum. It has FREE entry, and it is open everyday during the day, and at night before a show. The downstairs has listening docks where you can listen to performances recorded at the Bowl, as well as some architectural mock-ups of the Bowl in 1926, 1927, and 1928, and blueprints, newspapers clippings, and old photos.
The upstairs is divided into different time periods where you can listen to the music of each time period.
After browsing through the museum, Wendy and I grabbed a couple of burgers and some garlic fries from Staccato and trekked up to our nose-bleed seats at the top of the hill.
The location is just gorgeous with the setting sun and the view of the Hollywood Sign.
And when the lights come on and the band starts, it’s a fun show!
(I found this spray painted on the bottom of a chair.)
If you ever plan on purchasing several tickets for shows, I suggest driving to the Hollywood Bowl box office and purchasing tickets at the window where you will save on ticket fees (sometimes $5-6 per ticket!)
BYO picnic and wine, but if it’s a cork top, don’t forget to bring a wine opener!
Parking closest to the Bowl is expensive and it is STACK parking. I usually park down at the corner of Franklin and Highland across the street from the Starbucks for $10-15 and then hike up the hill. It’s a workout, but then I get to reward myself with a cookie or brownie.
They rent seat cushions for the bench seats for $1/cushion, and at times it seems like the best dollar you’ve ever spent!
It does get chilly at night, so dress in layers. Even if it is 95 degrees, as soon as that sun goes down, you might appreciate a light sweater.
And if you walk up the hill on the East side of Highland and take the tunnel under Highland to get to the Bowl, you will get to hear the beautiful music of this guy:
Here are some early views of the Bowl and some cool souvenirs.
(Photos linked to their original sources.)