Psychedelic rock act Animal Collective and jazzy chanteuse Norah Jones are among some of the more pop-leaning acts on the 2012 Hollywood Bowl schedule, revealed today on our sister blog Culture Monster. The full lineup will be unveiled Tuesday, and will include a performances of Mel Brooks' record-setting hit musical "The Producers," a tribute to Pixar's animators and a Fourth of July program headlined by Barry Manilow.
Animal Collective, with its contrasting mix of technicolor imagery, abrasive noise and intoxicating harmonies, will headline a Sept. 23 night as part of the Hollywood Bowl's annual KCRW World Festival Sunday lineup, a show that will also include Tuvan throat singing group Huun Huur Tu. Other performers participating in the KCRW series are electronic-pop acts Hot Chip and Passion Pit (Sep. 9), as well as Black Eyed Peas rapper-DJ Aple.de.ap, who will celebrate his Filipino musical heritage on July 22.
Also of note to Pop & Hiss is the Bowl's continued booking of R&B acts and crossover jazz artists. Jones will be featured Aug. 10, and look for summer appearances by Diana Krall, Anita Baker and Grammy Award-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding, as well as the Neville Brothers, on what's being billed as their farewell tour.
Expect plenty of additional rock and pop artists to be unveiled as summer nears and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival passes. Some of the Hollywood Bowl's more mainstream bookings are handled by outside promotors or cannot be unveiled until artists have played other Southern California dates.
Head to Culture Monster for a deeper look at some of the Bowl's classical offerings, as well as an interview about the upcoming season with Arvind Manocha, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's chief operating officer.
-- Todd Martens
Image: Animal Collective at Coachella. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times