The historic Greek Theatre is one of L.A.’s premier outdoor music venues, recently named North America’s Best Small Outdoor Venue for the tenth straight year by Pollstar Magazine. Opened in 1929, the 5,900-seat venue offers an intimate concert setting, with state-of-the-art acoustics and excellent sight lines, surrounded by trees in a picturesque setting within Griffith Park.
The Greek’s 2014 season kicks off on Friday, May 2 with the retro vocals of Under the Streetlamp, and continues throughout the summer and fall, concluding on Saturday, November 1 with blues rock group, Tedeschi Truck Band.
New for this season is the Greek’s Premier Access Season Subscription (P.A.S.S.), a program that lets members create their own concert series and buy presale tickets before the general public. The P.A.S.S. program features three membership levels with a variety of amenities, including advance notice of upcoming shows and priority seating, with no membership fees or forced combination of shows.
Following are highlights of a stellar season of concerts under the stars at the landmark Greek Theatre. For more info and the full calendar of events, visit www.greektheatrela.com/events.
Local heroes Los Lobos return to the Greek on May 3 with the third annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring special guests Ozomatli, Mariachi el Bronx and more. On May 8, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne leads an all-star tribute to Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor, featuring members of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Bloc Party and more. May 24 offers a night of legends at Up in Smoke 2014, featuring WAR, Cheech & Chong, and the Family Stone.
In June, the Greek welcomes an eclectic lineup of performances that includes A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (June 6); Italian operatic pop trio, Il Volo on June 7; a Philippines benefit concert featuring Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas (June 8); Michael Franti and Spearhead (June 20); and Sarah McLachlan on June 28.
The dog days of summer will have a nostalgic vibe at the Greek with several concerts by music legends. Two generations of folk music will perform on July 3, featuring Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls. The latest incarnation of 80s alternative/electronic pioneers New Order takes the stage on July 13. The one and only Ringo Starr brings his All Starr Band to the Greek on July 19, featuring Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette. The Soundtrack of Summer tour hits the Greek on July 26, featuring a triple-headliner bill of Foreigner, Styx and former Eagles guitarist, Don Felder.
The summer continues to heat up at the Greek with another month of wide-ranging performances, beginning with Chicago and REO Speedwagon on August 1. Get ready to dance the night away on August 9, featuring an Old School lineup of Morris Day and the Time, Lakeside, Ready for the World, Alexander O’Neal and more. Expect plenty of guitar pyrotechnics with ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on August 13, while Motown legend Smokey Robinson croons his deep catalog of hits on August 16. Panic! At the Disco brings their Gospel tour to the Greek on August 26, followed by an eco-friendly, two-night stint by Jack Johnson on August 27-28.
The Greek goes international in September, with acclaimed Spanish guitarist Enrique Bunbury making his Greek Theatre debut on September 5, and world-renowned French singer Charles Aznavour on September 13. The 2014 season concludes with folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash on October 4, and the Greek’s annual Halloween extravaganza, Eek! At the Greek! featuring Symphony in the Glen, on October 26.