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Date posted: 08/07/2012

See a Show at the Hollywood Bowl!

If you’re looking for a true Los Angeles experience, see a show at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. The Hollywood Bowl is a unique venue thatHollywood Bowl places concert-goers in the middle of the forest so that you can enjoy music under the moon and stars. It is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States. During the summer, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs the best in jazz, classical, Broadway and world music, featuring both film and musical artists.

This year artists range from Norah Jones to the Maestro of the Movies John Williams. On select nights in September, fireworks will erupt the night after Tchaikovsky Spectacular and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The Hollywood Bowl will celebrate old favorites of the 80s and classical artists such as Beethoven. Headliners of 2012 include Wilco, Florence and the Machine and Jason Mraz. Check out the full calendar here.

There are three types of seating at the Hollywood Bowl: box seats, SuperSeats, and bench seats. Groups of 4 or 6 can sit in box seats surrounded by wooden partitions near the front. SuperSeats are stadium style plastic seats with build in cup holders at the center of the audience. The rest of the seating are numbered bench seats. Seat cushions are available to rent for a small charge. Large video screens are located on both sides of the stage to provide an intimate experience no matter where you are sitting at the Bowl.

Ticket prices start are low as $1 on many nights for bench seats up to $100 for box seats, depending on the performance of the night.  Children under two years of age do not require a ticket. Since many of the shows are not suitable for children, it is recommended to take them to the SummerSounds concerts twice a day at 10am and 11:15am. SummerSounds concerts are designed for children ages 3 to 9, and explore the musical genres of reggae, Filipino and Latin. You can still catch the Latin performances from August 6-17. All tickets are $7. Each program features live music and dance plus a $5 art workshop.

Guests are encouraged to bring food and drink to the Bowl although some food is on sale on site. Be sure to wear warm clothes as it gets cold at night, and bring a blanket if you plan on picnicking. Those staying in hotels close to Hollywood Bowl can take the Metro, Park & Ride or Shuttle to the Bowl as there is very limited parking. Hope you can catch a show this season!

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