Friends took us to the world famous Hollywood Bowl last night for a belated birthday gift to see Pink Martini and we enjoyed all of the lovely things the bowl had to offer. We are so lucky to have such a neat venue to attend here in LA which we read is one of the largest natural Amphitheaters in the world with capacity just under 18,000.
Part of the allure of the bowl is the bus ride to and from and the picnic before hand that our house plans a few days in advance: Giant layered sandwich, salads, of course wine and a dessert.
It didn't hurt to have our group all with us and a fun show including the likes of Carol Channing [who we thought was dead before this] but who is alive and well, in spunky shape and belted out a couple of tunes for the crowd.
Martini's theme of the Cocoanut Grove is centered around the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove [Hotel where Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and many stars flocked to] that was located here in LA until demolition in 2006 for schools. Apparently The Cocoanut Grove has a soft spot in Martini's inspiration and they were also assisting in a documentary currently being filmed about the historical location. Carol Channing was participating in an interview back stage and they asked anyone in the very aged-diverse crowd if they had worked at or participated in the grove at any time to come forward to meet the producers of the film.
All in all it was a lovely end of summer concert, full of rich Los Angeles history visual and architectual, complete with fireworks.
photo via Flickr: Wish by Night