Gwen Stefani To Kick Off Hollywood Bowl’s 100th Anniversary Summer Season

The pop superstar headline’s the new season’s opening night festivities on June 3.

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Gwen Stefani has a date at the Hollywood Bowl on June 3, as the pop superstar is confirmed to headline the new season’s opening night festivities.

Opening night — a benefit for Los Angeles Philharmonic’s learning and community programs — will also feature music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, the L.A. Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and special performances from ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and dancing sisters Let It Happen. And in a surprising showing of unity, the program will feature rival marching bands from UCLA Bruin and USC Trojan.

The evening will begin with the world premiere of a new fanfare for orchestra, performed by the LA Phil, created by composer John Williams to mark the Bowl’s centennial. The night will close with an installment of the Bowl’s notable fireworks show.

Also marking the Bowl’s 100th year, the free two-day weekend festival 101 Fest, held at both the Hollywood Bowl (June 11) and The Ford (June 12), will celebrate the history of the outdoor venues situated on either side of the Hollywood (101) Freeway.

The June 11 free concert at the Bowl will be interspersed with historical footage, and various speakers, poets and DJs. Performers will include DJ Cut Chemist; marching bands from USC and UCLA; the LA Phil with special guest violinist Ray Chen; percussionist Sheila E.; and more.

Across the freeway, the festival continues at The Ford on June 12, and will be hosted by KCRW DJ Novena Carmel with performers including Get Lit poets; DJ, percussionist and vocalist Gingee; hip-hop band Weapons of Mass Creation; singer-songwriter MAYE; and bassist, vocalist and composer Tonina.

Both days of the festival will begin with a specially-commissioned performance by Native Americans from both the Chumash and Tongva people.

Subscription tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2022 summer season and “Create Your Own” packages are now available. The Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single ticket sales on May 3. Registration to apply for free 101 Fest tickets begins on May 10.

Full programming for The Ford will be announced on April 5, with ticket packages available online that day, and single tickets on sale April 19.

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