Hollywood Bowl

What Is The Hollywood Bowl?

The Hollywood Bowl is aptly named. The amphitheater is carved into the concave hillside. Its distinctive bandshell is a set of concentric arches and is considered one of the 10 best live music venues in the country. The Bowl has 18,000 seats separated into five promenades, although they’ve squeezed more than 26,000 people into the venue.

The Hollywood Bowl is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the summer stage for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It hosts hundreds of musical events each year. If you can name a major artist from the past 70 years, they’ve probably played the Hollywood Bowl.

From Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald in the 1950s to The Beatles, the Doors, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, The Hollywood Bowl is a haven for music lovers. Over the years, the Bowl has seen performances from Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Prince, and Elton John.

Since 2000, performances have included The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Phish, The Beach Boys, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Queen, The Moody Blues, Kanye West, Tom Petty, and Lauryn Hill.

The Hollywood Bowl has come a long way since its debut in 1920 when two women made a stage out of a barn door, hauled a grand piano onto it, and held the first concert. It was called Daisy Sell or Bolton Canyon then but became the site of the famous bandshell that is there today.

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A concert at the Hollywood  Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

Where is Hollywood Bowl?

The Hollywood Bowl is located on North Highland Avenue, just west of the former French Village, north of Hollywood Boulevard, and south of Route 101. It’s a striking presence set against the backdrop of the famous Hollywood sign in the distance to the northeast and set into Hollywood Hills.

The Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068

What Can I Do at Hollywood Bowl?

In addition to concerts and performances, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is nearby on Peppertree Lane. It features a variety of historical exhibits, such as:

  • Beatles at the Bowl
  • Postcards from the Bowl
  • Live from the Bowl
  • Music for Everyone
  • Summer Nights: Jazz at the Bowl

Visitors will see memorabilia and artifacts from historical performance. There’s also the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, with honorees such as John Williams, Reba McIntire, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, George Harrison, and Frank Sinatra. It is free to tour the Hollywood Bowl Museum.

On special occasions, such as the 4th of July, the back of the bandshell is loaded with fireworks. The fireworks blast into the night choreographed to the music performed live.

Rehearsals are often open to the public on the day of the show. Unless the performers have requested it to be a closed session, you can sometimes get in for free and watch soundchecks. If you can’t make it the soundcheck, tickets in the back row of the Hollywood Bowl can go for as little as $1 for some performances.

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