The Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season features a roster of world-class artists ranging from classical and pops to jazz, rock and world music — including the return of Bowl favorites and artist debuts.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic marks its 98th summer season at the Hollywood Bowl this year as it continues to celebrate its Centennial year.
Read on for highlights from each month of the season, which concludes Nov. 2 with Sara Bareilles
Leon Bridges with Rhye: 8 p.m., July 5. Four-time Grammy-nominated Leon Bridges emerged in 2015 with a retro-soul sound, but he’s rapidly evolved to become one of the most versatile artists around. He lends his rich voice and earnest delivery to bright R&B, soul-jazz and even disco. His charismatic live performances are a tour de force of musical showmanship not to be missed. Rhye’s impressionistic ballads and slinky, sophisticated pop will transform the Bowl on this summer night.
Chrissie Hynde: 8 p.m., July 6. The legendary Pretenders leader presents a world premiere event with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, where she’ll perform covers from the upcoming new album “Valve Bone Woe,” out Sept. 6, as well as The Pretenders hits.
Reggae Night XVIII: 7 p.m., July 7. From roots to dance hall to R&B fusion, KCRW’s 18th annual Reggae Night showcases the genre’s fluidity with artists Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Third World and Kabaka Pyramid. KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad hosts.
Cyndi Lauper with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: 8 p.m., July 12 and 13. The iconic Cyndi Lauper plays hits from throughout her career with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, while Cécile McLorin Salvant showcases one of the best young voices in jazz.
Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show: 8 p.m., July 19 and 20. Hugh Jackman performs hit songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Les Misérables” and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Gustavo Dudamel: 8 p.m., July 23. Dudamel leads Mahler’s larger-than-life symphony of resurrection.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by Iván Fischer, visits the Bowl for three performances. The first performance is at 8 p.m., July 30 with a Beethoven, Bruch, and Brahms program with Nicola Benedetti performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by Iván Fischer, returns for the second of three performances at 8 p.m., Aug. 1 with a marvelous combination of Haydn, Handel and Dvorák featuring Trinidadian soprano De Bique making her Bowl debut.
Lord Huron with Shakey Graves and Yola: 7 p.m., Aug. 4. Shakey Graves has evolved from a campfire storyteller into a songwriter armed with a full band and the rich instrumentation clouds around his lyrics like Broadway set designs. Yola’s new Dan Auerbach-produced album — her debut — showcases her electrified country and roots music.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by Iván Fischer, finishes its three-concert visit at 8 p.m., Aug. 6 with a Mozart Masterworks program featuring Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” and Requiem with soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, tenor Michael Schade, bass Adam Plachetka and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Musselwhite: 8 p.m., Aug. 7. Buddy Guy, ambassador of Chicago blues, showcases his slick guitar style while embracing early rock n’ roll on his latest album, “The Blues is Alive and Well.” Another master of the fretboard, Jimmie Vaughan has proven his versatility over the course of a four-decade career of Texas Roadhouse blues, roots and jazz. And Charlie Musselwhite’s Delta-infused harmonica playing seamlessly glides from blues to gospel to country.
Death Cab for Cutie with special guest Car Seat Headrest: 7 p.m., Aug. 11. Death Cab for Cutie returns to the Bowl, following the success of their latest album “Thank You For Today.”
America in Space: 8 p.m., Aug. 15. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with film clips brought to life with music performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Pink Martini: 8 p.m., Aug. 23. The “little orchestra” swings through the sounds of the 20th century and the legendary Violent Femmes kick the night off right, with both bands joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Pink Martini: 8 p.m., Aug. 24. The “little orchestra” meets the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, plus genre-blurring L.A. natives La Santa Cecilia open the night.
Pink Martini with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 25. The “little orchestra” meets the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and iconic organist Booker T. Jones pays tribute to Stax Records.
Barry Manilow with orchestra: 8 p.m., Sept. 6 and 7. Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Barry Manilow brings a night of non-stop hits to the Hollywood Bowl stage for a pair of unforgettable nights with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. With special guest Lorna Luft.
Ben Harper and Neneh Cherry: 8 p.m., Sept. 11. Singer, songwriter and soulful guitarist Ben Harper returns for a solo set, while British experimental icon Neneh Cherry brings electronic protest anthems.
Café Tacvba with Cherry Glazerr: 7 p.m., Sept. 15. The innovative quartet emerged from the rock en español scene of the ’90s to explore indie rock, electronic music, musique concrète, cumbia, norteña and more. It all amounts to a thoroughly modern portrait of Mexican music — and an adventurous and viscerally exciting live concert experience that’s made them a sell-out favorite around the world. Led by Clementine Creevy, LA natives Cherry Glazerr open the evening with a daring set that reflects the emotional growth and vulnerability of this three-piece rock band.
Mary J. Blige and Nas The Royalty Tour: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17. The hit making heavyweights will bring a stacked set list of songs spanning both of their careers that will make this one of the can’t-miss shows of the summer.
Rod Stewart: 8 p.m., Sept. 27. Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rod Stewart will return to the Hollywood Bowl with a landmark reunion set with his former band-mate, also a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Beck, for what will be their most in-depth concert in over 35 years.
Gary Clark. Jr.: 8 p.m., Sept. 29. The Grammy Award-winning maverick channels his signature sound from the crossroads of rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and punk. Clark’s new album “This Land,” his most accomplished to date, is a socially relevant and musically ambitious declaration that’s as unapologetic, undeniable and unique as he is.
Van Morrison: 7 p.m., Oct. 6. “The Prophet Speaks,” Van Morrison’s 40th studio album, released last December, features the artist take on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke and make them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations, “The Prophet Speaks” features six phenomenal new Van Morrison compositions including the recent single “Got To Go Where The Love Is.”
The Who: Moving On!: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11, 13 and 24. The Who’s North American Moving On! tour will bring singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend’s indelible brand of powerhouse rock to the Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Liam Gallagher will perform at the Oct. 24 show.
Sara Bareilles: 8 p.m., Nov. 2. The tour brings Bareilles on the road in support of her fifth full-length album “Amidst The Chaos,” with Variety stating it “establishes that there’s no one in contemporary pop better at flexing mezzo-soprano sensitivity and social empathy like a muscle. It’s the perfect album for anyone who could use a little fierce snowflake pride.”