Janet Jackson and Ludacris kick off a historic season for the Hollywood Bowl

The iconic Hollywood Bowl amphitheater, located in Los Angeles, opened its 2023 season this Saturday with a concert by Janet Jackson that had rapper Ludracris as the opening act.

The performance served to kick off a historic edition because it will be the last with the Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, on which the Hollywood Bowl itself depends.

Dudamel, who will continue his career next year at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, will lead a series of recitals in July, ranging from pieces by Verdi or Manuel de Falla to a joint concert with John Williams or a show with the band Café Tacvba, among other events.

But the stars of this Saturday’s evening were Janet Jackson, already established as an international icon of pop and R&B, and the rapper Ludacris, who has a notable musical career that achieved greater repercussion after joining the “Fast & Furious” film franchise. “.

In front of a packed amphitheater, reaching its maximum capacity of 17,500 spectators, the Grammy winner was in charge of opening the ceremony with a concert of more than an hour in which he made the public dance to the sound of songs like “Act A Fool “.

Jackson’s show lasted another two hours with a performance in which he accompanied his vocal skills with elaborate choreography along with a cast of four dancers, visual effects and various costume changes.

Among his songs that could be heard were “All for You”, “Rhythm Nation”, “Nasty” or “That’s the Way Love Goes”, as well as a collaboration with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA, for its acronym in English). ) and a final tribute to his brother -Michael Jackson- that served as the climax while a careful fireworks display was displayed.

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The Hollywood Bowl program continues next weekend with the celebration of its jazz festival, which this year will be curated by the famous saxophonist Kamasi Washington and the pianist, keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock.

A tribute for the 90th birthday of Quincy Johns and concerts by Rubén Blades, Carla Morrison, Maggie Rogers, Snoop Dogg, Sting or the Kiss group also stand out among the lineup this season for a venue that has seen the most famous figures of music in the last century. EFE

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