When you’re talking economy — at least in terms of Southern California’s economy — most people envision our iconic film and TV industry, our expanding tech sector, our massive manufacturing plants and the bustling activity at our twin ports.
All of those are things are key pieces of what makes this place tick, no doubt about it. But another element of this financial juggernaut can be found in the world-class entertainment venues that are right in our backyard.
That thought struck me when I went to see Steve Winwood the other night at Hollywood Bowl. I had been to the Bowl before to see The Who and the Playboy Jazz Festival, but the last time was several years back.
As I was sitting there in one of the Bowl’s upper sections I realized that it was good to be back. Good to be sitting in one of the most iconic music venues in the world. What a great place to come and hear one of your favorite artists!
Hollywood Bowl is a unique venue, to say the least, but it really comes alive at night.
I had a view of the whole place, including all of the seating sections below me, the surrounding mountains and the twin spotlight beams that were crisscrossed high in the sky over the stage.
The night air was crisp, the sound system was great and Steve Winwood was nothing short of amazing.
And this is only one of Southern California’s world-class venues. Just across the way is the Greek Theatre, which is my overall favorite place to hear music. It’s essentially a scaled-down version of Hollywood Bowl.
And then we have the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark…
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