Even though the temperatures don’t show any sign of abating, summer is winding down. And that means the string of great shows at the Hollywood Bowl is nearing an end for this season.
But there is one great bill this Sunday that is suitably eclectic and promises to be very satisfying.
Andrew Bird has released eleven albums since his 1997 debut. His expertise on stringed instruments caught the eye of various film and TV producers, for whom he has provided some evocative scores. His 2012 release was a companion set of albums, and we should expect much on Sunday from Hands of Glory – the eponymous album and gathering of musicians (Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, and Eric Heywood) who will bring it to life on the Bowl stage. Given the impressive range of Bird’s musical explorations, this will be a great set.Filling out the bill are Devandra Banhart and Caetano Veloso. Both are incredibly talented, but Veloso stands as a giant on the musical landscape. The Brazilian musician gained prominence in the in the 60s as a progenitor of the musica popular brasileira movement. He was then instrumental in the tropicalia genre, which blended pop, bossa nova and leftist politics in a beguiling way. The ruling dictatorship saw fit to jail Veloso, who left for London and broader international success. His poetry and journalism added to his international renown over the ensuing decades. He is a legend in Brazil, and appreciated globally.
This will be a special evening at the Bowl.