The Hollywood Bowl Welcomes A Legend
The Hollywood Bowl is welcoming the legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana, next Monday, June 24th. He’s not coming by himself though, he’s also going to be bringing The Doobie Brothers as backup. If you’re a fan of guitar prowess and Rock & Roll, then you better make your way to The Bowl– it’s going to get popping. Santana is on tour right now celebrating the past 20 years since his legendary album, “Supernatural,” took the world and our collective ears by storm. Not to mention, if you were needing any more reasons to celebrate, his tour is also honoring the 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock Concert.
What are some of your favorite Santana songs over these past 50 years? I personally have to go with Maria Maria.
Ticket details and Hollywood Bowl policies can be found right here.
Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans
I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?
Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early
Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.
This Halloween weekend promises to be a bit different from the typical. Oct 31st falls on a Monday this year, so while you will most likely not be going to any wild and crazy Halloween parties on the day, this weekend will still have some great fun. In fact, I have two great events to talk to you about. The classic Hollywood Forever cemetery will be holding one of California’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations. They cover the grounds with festive decorations and there are plenty of musical performances and authentic crafts. Not to mention, they encourage everyone to dress up in authentic traditional garb. I guess you can consider it practice for your Halloween costume on Monday. And if you have plans for some Halloween parties at night, consider it a good seasonal change of pace for the day / early evening.
It’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a culturally authentic experience. The event runs from Sat. October 29th from 12pm to 12am. And the event will run you about $20 for general admission, but children (8 years and younger) and seniors get in free before 4pm. I’d say it’s a great deal to get some authentic Mexican cuisine, check out some unique crafts, and listen to some appropriate festival music.
Second, the other event I want to mention also occurs on Saturday, but on Monday as well. Before there was Dracula on the big screen, there was Nosferatu. An iconic film of the silent era, Nosferatu is returning with a live performance of its musical score. A brand new score has been created for a chamber orchestra to perform at this event! Experience the dark atmosphere, and the general creepiness level of the performance. It certainly seems to be Halloween appropriate. Not to mention, this event is taking place at the Ace Hotel in Downtown. What a gorgeous and perfect venue for the event. There will also be a pre show happy hour on Halloween. Check it out!
Here are links to the two websites so you can purchase tickets. Have a happy Halloween weekend and holiday!
This past Saturday the Hollywood Bowl was dancing to the funky electronic beats of Brainfeeder. And you’re correct, it is quite an interesting name for a concert. Nevertheless, to witness the impressive lineup of musical guests, its safe to say that my brain fed, and fed well. Fittingly, the musical guests were varied, yet united through a thematic non-mainstream appeal. The Hollywood Bowl is the perfect venue to taste the different musical dishes that Brainfeeder provides. The night was full of funk, but how that funk was achieved was quite different. The assortment of guests: Gaslamp Killer, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, George Clinton with Funkadelic, and Flying Lotus sent funky chills down our collective spines. The performances ran the gamut from electronic jazz and futuristic r&b, to instrumental hip hop and classic funk. The artists may be different, but they unite through the focus on the beat.
Brainfeeder finds its origins from the mind of headliner, Flying Lotus, a prominent member of the “Beat Scene.” He works with other musicians like Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. So while he may not have as far-reaching of name recognition, in many circles he is a pretty big deal. And I can tell you now from first-hand experience, his musical performances are quite impressive. For Flying Lotus the visuals seem to be as important as the eclectic sounds which he produces.
Moving on from the headliner, the other performers produce plenty of surprises too. Michael McDonald is probably the last person I would expect to see at a performance of this nature. Yes, that’s right, Michael McDonald, yet, there he is on stage. I second guess the words that I hear coming into my ears when they announce him, but the sounds do not lie. So, when I say that Brainfeeder has some substantial variety, their surprise guest should serve to confirm it.
If you have never been to the Hollywood Bowl, you should check it out. This was actually my first time ever attending a concert at the venue. It will not be the last. Don’t forget to bring your own beer and wine, it’s a definite plus for the venue. The food and drink there can be on the pricier side for sure. All in all, I can talk about this incredible concert experience for a while longer, but I’ll end things here.