Thursday, January 21, 2010

#101 The Hollywood Bowl

Decemberists with the L.A. Phil

The Hollywood Bowl is quintessential L.A.. Sitting under the stars in beautiful weather, listening to music drift out from the half-domed stage, and feasting on picnic food and wine, you feel that this is what living in L.A. is all about.

I saw the Decemberists perform at the Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic a while back. As you may know, the Decemberists have a song called "L.A. I'm Yours" which paints a rather sarcastic picture of L.A., but which the audience absolutely loved. It was pretty cool seeing everyone singing to this song.

I returned again to the Bowl with some of the students from my percussion class at SMC (#33) to see the L.A. Philharmonic perform Holst's The Planets. Again, listening to Holst underneath the stars--the very things that inspired him to write such a masterpiece--was a moving experience

Click here for the upcoming Hollywood Bowl schedule and plan your next trip (Bowl events are marked with a "B"). Don't forget to bring a picnic!

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