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Dolly Parton, Hall & Oates, and the music of Joni Mitchell are Hollywood Bowl-bound in 2011 season [Updated]

January 25, 2011 |  1:28 pm

Dolly Parton Academy Awards 2006 Myung J. Chun

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).

Daryl Hall & John Oates will anchor the Bowl’s annual Independence Day blowout in joining the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for shows July 2-4. The definition of “jazz” gets stretched once again in a “Jazz at the Bowl” series that will include R&B-soul singer Gladys Knight (July 27) and blues stalwarts Robert Cray and Keb’ Mo’ and gospel-soul singer Mavis Staples on Aug. 10.

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.

Details and an overview of the Bowl's 2011 offerings are highlighted on the Culture Monster blog, while the full schedule of events and all ticket information is available on the Bowl's web site.

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.   

--Randy Lewis

Photo of Dolly Parton (right) in 2006. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times