Events, KCRW Music Announcement


Santa Monica, CA (May 11, 2021) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW will continue their longtime partnership for the 2021 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The four shows during this historic Hollywood Bowl season feature an eclectic line-up of artists including Kamasi Washington and Earl Sweatshirt (July 18) hosted by KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt; Reggae Night with Ziggy Marley and Wailing Souls (Aug. 1) hosted by KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe; Brittany Howard, Jamila Woods and Georgia Anne Muldrow (Sept. 18) hosted by KCRW’s co-host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Novena Carmel; and James Blake with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins (Sept. 25) hosted by KCRW’s co-host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Anthony Valadez. The four-concert series, abbreviated only for the 2021 season will return to six concerts in 2022.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Bowl season due to COVID-19, the LA Phil and KCRW collaborated to present highlights of past KCRW’s World Festivals at the Hollywood Bowl through an exclusive series of archival concerts broadcast on-air featuring live recorded sets from Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Femi Kuti, Janelle Monae, Robyn, Blondi, St. Vincent, Blood Orange, Cibo Matto, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Devotchka, Little Dragon, Jimmy Cliff, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Sigur Rós, Toro y Moi, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

KCRW’s long standing partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association for KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl embodies the adventurous musical spirit of both organizations by featuring artists from a wide array of genres. Hundreds of artists have performed at the iconic venue as a result including, A.R. Rahman, Adele, Arcade Fire, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, Café Tacvba, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Gary Clark Jr. Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Hugh Masekela, Lauryn Hill, M83, Massive Attack, Miriam Makeba, Natalia Lafourcade, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Os Mutantes, Ray LaMontagne, Sade, Solange, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Underworld, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Yola, Yoko Ono, Zero 7 with Sia, and many more. 

2021 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM
Kamasi Washington
Earl Sweatshirt
Anne Litt, host

Kamasi Washington brings ambitious scale to bear on jazz history, and Earl Sweatshirt gets personal.

Sunday, August 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM
Reggae Night XIX
Ziggy Marley
Wailing Souls
Travis Holcombe, host

Ziggy Marley and Wailing Souls turn the Bowl red, gold and green for Reggae Night.

Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Brittany Howard
Jamila Woods
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Novena Carmel, host

The Alabama Shakes singer steps out with definitively modern soul, while Jamila Woods and Georgia Anne Muldrow show off their visions for R&B.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8:00 PM
James Blake
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Anthony Valadez, host

Singer and producer James Blake expands his unique – and emotionally bracing – electronic music with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins.


Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2021 summer season will be available online at or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • Subscriptions for current subscribers only are on sale today, Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • “Create Your Own” 3-concert packages will be available May 25, 2021
  • The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Following the health guidelines set forth by the County of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Bowl will be a majority vaccinated venue beginning July 1, with two sections reserved for non-vaccinated concert-goers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Mask wearing will be required for all attendees. The Hollywood Bowl will continue to receive public health guidelines from Los Angeles County and policies may evolve over the summer. 

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About the LA Phil
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.  

About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2020, the Hollywood Bowl was awarded Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year at the 31st Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 14 previous times. It was also awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.