15 Must-See Shows at the 2018 Hollywood Bowl Concert Season

Bon Iver at Hollywood Bowl

Bon Iver at Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl just announced their 2018 summer season of concerts and it’s looking awesome. Celebrating 97 years of live music, this season’s Hollywood Bowl lineup will kick off in a most fabulous fashion with the one-and-only Diana Ross. The original Queen (sorry, Bae) will take the stage June 16, and you best believe there will be fireworks. Other stand out shows at the Hollywood Bowl include: Flying Lotus, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (live in concert), Beck, Bon Iver, Grizzle Bear with TV on the Radio, and more.

Also, let’s not forget LCD Soundsystem and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. While the show is not exactly considered part of the Hollywood Bowl’s 2018 summer season, it is at the Bowl, and it is in 2018. In my humble opinion, it’s the best show at the Bowl this year. With that said, hope you bought tickets.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Fonda Theatre

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Fonda Theatre, 2017 — Photo: Ceethreedom

Tickets to the Hollywood Bowl’s 2018 season are on sale now as subscription tickets. Single day ticket sales will open April 29. You can also take part in the Bowl’s “Five or More” ticket deal on March 20.

For more information, visit the Hollywood Bowl’s website.

Pro Tip: BYOB! That’s right. You can bring your own food, beer and wine to the Hollywood Bowl. All containers, picnic baskets and coolers must be able to fit under the seat or within the box. You can bring wine bottles, wine glasses and beer bottles inside.

Please note; this only applies to LA Phil presented events. You CANNOT BYOB to third-party Lease events (such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs / LCD). How do you know it’s a lease event? Select the “lease event” filtering option or just click here for a full list of Hollywood Bowl lease events. For more info, check out the Hollywood Bowl’s FAQs.

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15 Must-See Shows at Hollywood Bowl 2018

Diana Ross -- Saturday, June 16, at 8 PM

Celebrate the legendary icon and the kick off Hollywood Bowl season.

LCD Soundsystem & Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- May 4 & 5, at 6:15 PM

One of the best and most buzzed-over new artists of the 2000s, the electro-disco-rock band LCD Soundsystem is the project of James Murphy. The perpetually stubbled singer-instrumentalist is half (with Tim Goldsworthy) of the production team DFA, which produced underground dance smashes like the Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers," remixed everyone from Le Tigre to Junior Senior, and ran their own record label (also called DFA).

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert -- Thursday, August 9 at 8PM

For the first time on the West Coast, John Williams’ iconic score is performed live-to-picture on the Bowl’s big screens!

Flying Lotus with Little Dragon -- Sunday, June 17, at 7 PM

Embark on a 3D space-age voyage with L.A.’s ultimate beatmaster and slick electro-pop jams.

Andrea Bocelli -- Wednesday, June 20, at 8 PM

Thrilling audiences for over 20 years, Andrea Bocelli exploded onto the world’s stage with his hit, “Con te Partiro” and has since sold over 80 million albums worldwide. In 2016 he was nominated for three Latin GRAMMY Awards® including “Album of the Year” and received a 2017 GRAMMY AWARD® nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for Cinema.

Beck -- Friday, September 28 at 8PM

A master of all manners and eras of music gives a thorough airing of his epic career-spanning catalog for one magical night!

Grizzly Bear • TV on the Radio -- Sunday, September 23, at 7 PM

A night filled with textured pop anthems, rhythmic spangled art rock, and mesmerizing layered synth beats.

Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper -- June 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are true music legends, who’ve been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism, among them multiple Grammys, American Music Awards and VMA’s, plus two inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, and a knighthood for Stewart; and an Emmy and Tony Award for Lauper.

Bon Iver & TU Dance -- Sunday, August 5, at 7 PM

It’s the West Coast premiere of a very special collaboration between textural indie-rock titans and the edgy dance company.

Father John Misty • Gillian Welch -- Sunday, June 24, at 7 PM

Classic pop songcraft with a decidedly modern bent and intimate acoustics from a dynamic duo.

Jaws in Concert -- Friday, July 20 at 8PM

The original summer movie blockbuster, with an Academy Award®-winning score that made John Williams a household name, Jaws is an unforgettable film-with-live-orchestra experience!            

Rodrigo y Gabriela with Dudamel -- Friday, August 17 at 8PM

The Mexican guitar shredders team up with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for an epic collaboration.

Ozzy Osbourne -- Thursday, October 11 at 7:30PM

On his upcoming farewell world tour, produced by Live Nation, OSBOURNE will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take OZZY around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows in the future. Throughout his career, OZZY has sold more than 100 million records.

Paul Simon -- May 22 - 28 at 8PM

Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon, will embark on his farewell concert tour on May 16. Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour will encompass shows across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, with Simon and his band bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations.

Grease Sing-A-Long -- Saturday, June 30 at 7PM

“Grease” is the word as the beloved movie is projected on the Bowl’s massive HD screen.

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