Believe it or not, Los Angeles has seasons, and summer in the City of Angels isn’t endless. As LA transitions to the cooler temps and shorter days of fall, we round up some of the top concerts and events taking place from Labor Day Weekend through September and beyond.
On Labor Day Weekend, the Hollywood Bowl presents a three-day musical salute to cinema, featuring John Williams: Maestro of the Movies (Aug. 30-31) and The Big Picture: A Night at the Oscars (Sept. 1). Other September highlights include ABBA Fest (Sept. 8), the Fireworks Finale with Earth, Wind and Fire (Sept. 13-15), Sing-A-Long Sound of Music (Sept. 21), and KCRW favorites The xx (Sept. 29).
On Sept. 10, Royce Hall welcomes The Moth, the award-winning non-profit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth podcast is downloaded more than 15 million times a year, and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour airs weekly on radio stations nationwide. The Moth has presented more than 3,000 stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Sept. 10 event features stories based on the theme of Saints and Sinners—“true stories of haloes and horns, good and evil, the naughty and the nice and those who dabble on both sides of the spectrum.”
Thanks to its gorgeous year-round weather, LA is one of the best cities in the country to enjoy outdoor music. Twilight Concerts at the Pier is one of LA’s most popular outdoor music traditions, taking place on the historic Santa Monica Pier every Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff closes out the 2013 season on Sept. 12. Cliff’s latest release is REBIRTH, the first studio album in seven years from the Grammy Award-winning musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. REBIRTH is produced by punk icon Tim Armstrong, of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame.
The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is the world’s largest lobster festival, featuring whole Maine lobsters flown in fresh daily and cooked on the spot. For just $20, lobster lovers can enjoy the World Famous Discount Lobster Meal—a 1.25 lb. freshly-steamed Maine lobster, cole slaw, roll and plenty of buttery topping. Order the 2 On a Plate Special and get 2.5 lbs. of lobster for nearly 20% off. After feasting on Maine lobster, guests can enjoy dancing, street performers, a pirate camp, tall ships, shopping for arts and crafts, and musical performances by veteran acts and some of today’s rising stars. The Lobster Festival takes place at Ports O’ Call Village, 20 minutes south of Downtown Los Angeles. General Admission tickets are $10 per adult, cash only and free for kids under 12. Parking is free.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classics, the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Lloyd Webber’s musical contains all of the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning film score, favorite characters and iconic moments, and a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
In their first reunion since starring in the landmark television series Taxi, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Danny DeVito joins Tony Award® and Emmy Award winner Judd Hirsch in a new production of Neil Simon’s classic comedy of showbiz and friendship. At the pinnacle of Vaudeville, Willie Clark (played by DeVito) and Al Lewis (Hirsch) were the undisputed “Kings of Comedy” before splitting up. When Clark’s nephew gets a lucrative offer for Lewis and Clark to do one last show, the two are lured into a grudging reunion and the comedic sparks begin to fly. This U.S. premiere is directed by Olivier Award winner Thea Sharrock and arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre directly from London.
Depeche Mode is one of modern music's most influential groups, with an especially strong following in Southern California. The pioneering band is playing three nights at STAPLES Center, Sept. 28-29, and Oct. 2. Depeche Mode is currently on a world tour in support of Delta Machine, its 13th studio album. Delta Machine has received critical acclaim, with Entertainment Weekly praising it as "the strongest album the group has put out this century.” Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode continue to draw legions of loyal fans to arenas and stadiums around the world to experience their spectacular performances.
After receiving rave reviews across Europe and Canada for her current Glad Rag Doll World Tour, Diana Krall kicked off the American leg of her tour in April, which includes a stop at the landmark Greek Theatre on Saturday, September 21. The Grammy Award-winning jazz performer released Glad Rag Doll, her 11th studio album, in October 2012. Glad Rag Doll marks Krall's fifth consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett, and covers jazz tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, which were mostly culled from Krall's father's collection of 78 rpm records.
Since its debut in October 2003, Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center has become a Los Angeles icon, an architectural masterpiece and acoustical marvel designed by Frank Gehry that forever changed LA’s music landscape. On Sept. 30, Walt Disney Concert Hall kicks off its season-long 10th anniversary celebration with a very special opening night concert, featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and special guest Yo-Yo Ma, who was also on stage at the grand opening 10 years ago.