July 17 - 18, 2020
With Monae and band at times coming over like a modern, female-fronted version of Prince and the Revolution, her music seems to dip into soul, P-Funk, blues, electronica, New Orleans jazz, pop and ragtime, while providing a vehicle for her agenda and her
The Guardian (UK)
The Hollywood Bowl's Weekend Spectacular Series is almost iconic as the historic venue itself. The toast of Los Angeles' summer entertainment season, the show-stopping outdoor concerts feature the biggest and brightest names in pop, R&B, classical music and even special HD screenings of blockbuster feature films. And of course, no Weekend Spectacular would be complete without the Hollywood Bowl fireworks display - with as much thought put into the show in the sky as the one going on below, the dazzling pyrotechnics up the ante for a memorable evening you won't soon forget.
Eight-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer and rapper Janelle Monae first broke the modern pop mold with her bold debut The ArchAndroid, a concept album that blended afro-futurism, killer hooks and a sci-fi aesthetic. Going on to capturing the essence of the sensual neo-soul funk stylings of Prince in his prime, as well as the watertight songwriting of Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson, Monae's sonic journey has seen the dismantling of the patriarchy in her lyrical content, the championing of the feminine form and the celebration of what it means to be queer, black and feminist in today's mixed-up world. Known for her theatrical live shows, Monae joins forces with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins for two special concerts at the Bowl.
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