Dolly Parton, Hall & Oates, and the music of Joni Mitchell are Hollywood Bowl-bound in 2011 season [Updated]
Hollywood Bowl-minded pop, rock, jazz and country fans have some intriguing choices ahead in the 2011 season being announced Wednesday.
Perhaps tops on the list is an Aug. 17 date in which the music of the acclaimed singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell will presented with a “Jazz at the Bowl” evening under the direction of drummer Brian Blade and featuring jazz musicians still to be announced. In addition, country music queen Dolly Parton is slated to give her first Bowl concerts on July 22 and 23, and Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan makes her concert debut with an orchestra when the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra accompanies her on July 15 and 16.
The pop offerings will also include the usual sampling of international music under the umbrella of the KCRW-FM (89.9) World Festival, this year featuring a Serge Gainsbourg Tribute with Gainsbourg’s longtime collaborator, conductor and composer Jean Claude Vannier and guest singers Beck, Sean lennon, China Forbes and Charlotte Kemp Muhl on Aug. 28.
Other highlights of the world festival include the reunited Japanese electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra, with Big in Japan and Cibo Matto, on June 26; a reggae program with Ziggy Marley, Maytals singer Toots Hibbert and the Mighty Diamonds (July 31); and a soul review led by “American Idol” bandleader Rickey Minor with guests Stevie Wonder, Rocky Dawuni and Ceci Bastida (July 24).
More traditional jazz programs with Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (June 22), trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Bobby McFerrrin and the Yellowjackets jazz fusion band (July 13) and George Benson (Aug. 31) help round out the jazz offerings.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portundo and Ninety Miles (with Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Christian Scott) also come in under the jazz series on Aug. 24, as will the Quincy Jones Band featuring the Global Gumbo All-Stars & Friends on Sept. 7.
Updated, 2:47 p.m.: The original version of this post indicated that Joni Mitchell would be performing at the Hollywood Bowl, but she will not be. Rather, her music will be celebrated by other musicians. We have changed the text accordingly.
Photo of Dolly Parton (right) in 2006. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times