KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl – 2013 Lineup!

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I can’t believe it’s here, but Hollywood Bowl season is upon us! Among the fireworks spectaculars and excellent Classical and Jazz music programming, is KCRW’s World Festival on six Sundays throughout the summer.

This is our 15 season collaborating with the LA Philharmonic and the lineup is very exciting. It includes dueling guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela, LA-based collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a super group of virtuosos playing under the name Goat Rodeo, the starry-eyed pop of She & Him, reggae royalty Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen Marley, and many more. M83 (Anthony Gonzalez) will make his debut at the venue, with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, to close the series.

Check it out below and buy tickets here.

(p.s.: KCRW subscribers get 20% off selected seats for the series as part of our Fringe Benefits program.)


She & Him
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Matthew E. White
KCRW host: Anne Litt

(June 23)

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, aka She & Him, make music for an eternal spring, when the temperature is warm enough to go riding with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up. Grammy winners Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell collaborate once again, celebrating their February 2013 release Old Yellow Moon. Richmond-based songwriter Matthew E. White opens.

Reggae Night XII
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Stephen Marley
Third World

With special guest The Ghetto Youths Crew (Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa and Black Am I)
KCRW host: Jeremy Sole

(June 30)

Our annual reggae night returns, this year featuring three-time Grammy-winning ragga/dancehall superstar Jr. Gong and five-time Grammy-winning roots reggae star Stephen Marley.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Lord Huron
KCRW Host: Anne Litt

(July 14)

Known for exhilarating live shows, Mexico’s internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar duo displays an impressive mastery of shredding, suggesting influences ranging from Pink Floyd to Paco de Lucía to Tool. For more than a decade, DeVotchka has been melting its sweeping collection of musical experiences into an authentic and totally original blend of Rock n Roll.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The Sun Ra Arkestra
Oliver Mtukudzi
KCRW Host: Liza Richardson
(Aug 4)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ carousing live shows draw on eclectic influences, rich 12-piece arrangements, and a communal vibe to great acclaim. Innovative and other-worldly, the Sun Ra Arkestra fills the Bowl with cosmic vibrations, transporting us with electronic space music, group chants, and infectious free-form grooves. Zimbabwe’s Mtukudzi opens with captivating “Tuku music” – a blend of African rhythms, quicksilver guitar work and beautiful warm vocals.

Goat Rodeo
Yo-Yo Ma – Stuart Duncan
Edgar Meyer – Chris Thile
with guest Aoife O’Donovan
KCRW Host: Chris Douridas

(Aug 25)

An astounding group of virtuosos – Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Chris Thile on mandolin, Edgar Meyer on bass and Stuart Duncan on fiddle – expands musical horizons from high-spirited Celtic and bluegrass stylings to jazzy improvisations and beyond.

M83 with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
KCRW Host: Jason Bentley

(Sept 22)

A blend of shimmering synths, ambient pop and progressive textures, French-born M83 (Anthony Gonzalez) makes his Bowl debut, with orchestra. The NY Times called his successful Grammy-nominated Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming “vibrant, elegant and unpredictable.” N.Y. electronic pop duo Phantogram opens.