T Makes His Hollywood Bowl Debut!

After that crazy string of activities the week leading up to and through the 4th of July, we capped it off with T’s first trip to the Hollywood Bowl!

T outside of the Hollywood Bowl before his first time there!

T outside of the Hollywood Bowl before his first time there!

If you are not familiar with the venue, the Hollywood Bowl is the traditional and beloved summer concert spot for Southern California and well-known throughout the country and worldwide. It’s been the summertime home of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra since 1922 (!) and also attracts popular artists such as Vampire Weekend, Willie Nelson, and Tony Bennett season after season. The Bowl has held live performances here since 1920 (wow!). You can read more on the Bowl’s history here.

The Hollywood Bowl is built into a natural amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills, so it's a tad of a hike to get to the seats... or at least the seats we purchased!

The Hollywood Bowl is built into a natural amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills, so it’s a tad of a hike to get to the seats… well, at least the seats we purchased!

Best Bowl deal: Get the cushions for the benches. For $1 you won't get bench butt or splinters.

Best Bowl deal (other than the BYOB policy, I mean): Rent the cushions for the old wooden benches. $1 is a decent price to pay per person to insure against bench butt and splinters.

T and C heading toward the seats. Carrying a lot of food and drink is part of the fun of going to the Hollywood Bowl. Yes, you can take in your own food and drinks, including bottles of wine, beer, and other adult beverages of your choosing. Be responsible, RMT'ers!

T and C heading toward the seats. Carrying loads of food and drink is part of the fun in going to the Hollywood Bowl. Yes, you can take in your own food and drinks, including bottles of wine, beer, and other adult beverages of your choosing. Just please always be responsible and courteous to those around you, RMT’ers! Take it from me, or someone who knows (that’s a whole other story for a whole other post on a whole other blog, heh).

T gets ready for "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II"!

T gets ready for “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” his first show at the Hollywood Bowl!

For T’s first concert here, we went to see the Warner Bros. Presents “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II”, which has been performed at the Bowl in a previous version nine times and toured around the world since 1990. For more than 20 years, the LA Phil has played live on stage as the cartoons show to the audience on the big screens, many of which actually feature the Hollywood Bowl itself. Yes, Warner Bros. has a storied history not just in Los Angeles but with the Bowl also, and this show gives quite the nod to all those historic connections. You can read a fabulous review of the show we saw here.

The view from Section P1, Row 2, Seats 2-4-6. At $27 per ticket, this is another great thing about the Bowl: Family affordability. There are several seats that are much more and less expensive than this, of course, but this is about mid-level at the Bowl view-wise.

The view from Section P1, Row 2, Seats 2-4-6. At $27 per ticket coupled with the delicious BYOB and food policies, that’s another great thing about the Bowl: Family affordability. There are several seats that are much more and less expensive than this, of course, but this is about mid-level at the Bowl view-wise.

Bugs Bunny is about to begin! Notice that he's in the Hollywood Bowl in this cartoon. It was quite common for the Bowl to be a featured "character" in the Warner Bros. cartoons due to the studio's LA connections and history.

Bugs Bunny is about to begin! It’s hard to tell from this photo, but Bugs is performing at the Hollywood Bowl in this cartoon. It was quite common for the Bowl to be a featured “character” in the Warner Bros. cartoons due to the studio’s LA connections and history.

T conducting right along with Bugs. He loved the show!

T conducting right along with Bugs. Encore, T!

Watching the sky as the sun sets is just one more reason to fall in love with the Hollywood Bowl.

Watching the sky as the sun sets is just one more reason to fall in love with the Hollywood Bowl.

T had so much fun his first time out at the Bowl, more fun than either C or I anticipated. He loved the music, the conductor, the cartoons, and the characters. He even loved the picnicking atmosphere before the show, which is good because that’s mostly why C and I love going to the Bowl also. This particular show was exceptionally engaging for all-ages, too, so I am glad that we chose it as T’s first. We have a few more shows this summer to attend, so I’ll be sure to let you know when those happen.

Sea Smoke pinot noir at the Hollywood Bowl. Again, yes, this is OK to bring inside.

Sea Smoke pinot noir at the Hollywood Bowl. Again, yes, this is OK to bring inside, RMT’ers!

Picnic eats. We were working with what we had on hand as we were leaving for a week's vacation early the next day! But this was pretty tasty (chicken salad with potato chips).

Picnic eats. We were working with what we had on hand as we were leaving for a week-long vacation early the next day! But this was pretty tasty (chicken salad with potato chips) as was all the fruit, wine, and cookies consumed.

T wandering pre-show with some kids. Our seats allowed us to give T some free-range so he didn't get too antsy sitting and waiting for the show to begin (amen!).

T wandering pre-show with some kids. Our seat location allowed us to give T some free-range roaming time so he didn’t get too antsy sitting and waiting for the show to begin (whew!).

C and T heading back to our car. Oh yeah, you can pay to park at the Bowl but you most likely will be "stacked" and that doesn't work well if you have to leave early. So we arrived plenty early and parked up a side street for free and walked about 10-15 minutes to the venue!

C and T heading back to our car. Oh yeah, you can pay to park at or very close to the Bowl, but you most likely will be “stacked,” which doesn’t work well if you have to leave early like we did. So we arrived about 1.5 hours early and parked up a side street for free and walked about 10-15 minutes to the venue! The buses shown here are parking lot shuttles from all over LA and Orange Counties. For an extra fee, park-and-ride is another popular way to get to the Bowl but that also only works if you can stay for the entire show (show curfews are around 10 p.m.).

It pains me to say that we were not able to stay for the entire performance because I’m sure T would have enjoyed the second half as much as he did the first. We hope that the Bowl brings back Bugs & Friends for Summer 2014, especially since this year’s show was a newly updated version from years’ past. But for now… “That’s all folks!”

T takes the plunge on the Big Island last week at the Hilton Waikoloa Village! More on that trip soon, RMT'ers!

T takes the plunge on the Big Island last week at the Hilton Waikoloa Village! More on that trip soon, RMT’ers!

So why couldn’t we stay all night at the Bowl? Well, that’s because the crazy-busy good times continued as we left for Hawaii the very next morning at about 6 a.m. Aloha! After a go-go-go holiday stretch of days, we all finally got a chance to just sit, relax, and slow down for almost a whole week (ahh!). We just got back Friday and are still settling back into reality, but I plan to post a tropical update for you all soon once I remember how to get crazy-busy again (ha!).

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