The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl! (part two)

The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl!

NOTE: I had a bit of “blog burnout” last week. Here is part two (still under construction):

Well, traffic was F* CKED of course! And I stack parked for $18. But I made it just in time!!!

SHOWTIME!

Orchestra Tuning! The incredible Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in concert! Some of the female musicians were wearing Marge’s blue hair-hats! Animated sequences from The Simpsons television show and movie were shown on the big screen and accompanied by the orchestra and other performers throughout the night. The lighting and animated projections on the bowl were perfectly designed for each act!

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” is played before every concert.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Welcome by Matt Groenig and hello to Hank Azaria, the evening’s Host!

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Apu sings “Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?” (with Dancing Hot Dogs!):

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Kwik-E-Mart! The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beverly D’Angelo in costume as Lurline Lumpkin sings “I Gotta Homer”:

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Academy Award winning short film “The Longest Daycare” was shown accompanied by musical director and composer Hans Zimmer and the L.A. Philharmonic:

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons “The Longest Daycare” at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hey, it’s Weird Al singing a “Little Ditty ’bout Homer and Marge” to the tune of John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” and soloing on the accordion:

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Weird Al! The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles sang “Spider-Pig”, “See My Vest” and “We Do!” and then accompanied other performers throughout the night.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Spider-Pig!” The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“See My Vest!” The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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THE SIMPSONS take the Hollywood Bowl! (part one)

THE SIMPSONS take the Hollywood Bowl! Saturday night in Hollywood.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fireworks! The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

25th Anniversary Celebration! – 3 Nights at the Hollywood Bowl Sept 12, 13 & 14, 2014

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl!

Get off the couch! The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl!

 

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Traffic! The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A SOLD OUT SHOW means terrible traffic if you’re going to the Hollywood Bowl, or if you’re unfortunate and get caught in the mess on the 101 freeway, Cahuenga, Highland, Franklin or Hollywood Boulevard before or after the performance.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood! The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

We got a late start, usually we like to arrive very early, and so it took 30 minutes from the Highland freeway offramp and cost $18 to finally park in the very full stacked parking lot.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Almost there!

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

It was definitely a PARTY CROWD! There was excitement in the air! People came to have a good time and I wasn’t the only one stuck in traffic, so there were a lot of people hurrying for their seats at 7:45pm.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Hollywood Bowl was decorated for the event! Inflatable donuts, the Duff Blimp, and a Giant Inflatable Three-Eyed Fish photo op greeted guests in the courtyard area! The ticket takers were wearing Sideshow Bob hair-hats. Cutout characters, an “Evolution of Homer” mural and a Simpsons Couch photo op lined the hillside as you entered.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Inflatable Donuts everywhere! Going in the ticket gate.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cutouts and Fun Stuff decorating the Hollywood Bowl!

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Have your picture taken on the couch with The Simpsons! (but the line was too long)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Evolution of Homer” Mural!

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Get out the vaseline! Hollywood Bowl prices:

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

$ 4.00 plus tax for a Dasani Bottled Water. Really?

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

$4.00 + Tax for a bottled water at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

This is a great sign! And they mean it too.

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday was a warm summer night in September, (we’re having a serious heatwave) and just perfect weather for an evening concert! The decorations and ambient entertainment really created a sense of event and added to the excitement as the crowd headed for their seats at 8pm.

SHOWTIME! (Continue to part two)

PART TWO: https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/the-simpsons-take-the-hollywood-bowl-part-two/

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HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

The Moon Festival celebrates the end of Autumn and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Han calendar (on the night of the full moon) near the Autumnal Equinox (between September 8 and October 7 in the Gregorian calendar).

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

 

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Summer Staycation!

Well, Summer is just about over…hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day! Poolside in the San Fernando Valley (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Labor Day! Poolside in the San Fernando Valley (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

With the end of summer, I also have to end my “Summer Staycation” in the San Fernando Valley. It’s been great, although it’s been another extremely hot summer in Los Angeles.

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Summer Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAIR! at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAIR! at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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I didn’t go to the Burning Man festival. I enjoyed it from the comfort of my home office, rather than brave the elements of the Nevada desert. And in fact, I was invited on a whole different kind of desert trip this weekend, and decided not to risk life and limb (literally) in northern Nevada.

Adult Fireworks.

Adult Fireworks: my friends know how to throw a party (this is not my pic)

The dogs are very happy.

The Family Dogs (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Family Dogs chillin’ on the patio (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Burning Man 2014 – The Temple Burn Epic Fail & More Playa Pics!

So disappointed with the ustream feed! The Man burned Saturday night and as per my previous blog it was a total failure. I was hopeful the Temple Burn on Sunday would be better.  It wasn’t, it was worse.

Burning Man 2014 - The Temple

Burning Man 2014 – The Temple

The Temple Burn Epic Fail

First, the music on the audio stream was incredibly inappropriate! Temple burn is a solemn ceremony, and the DJ showed ZERO RESPECT! I can’t even express how disrespectful it was. The DJ was even asking for listeners on the playa to bring him “a tasty adult beverage” on air during the Temple burn.  I hope karma finds him for his massive failure.

Second, the camera was zoomed out and out of focus, and the Temple burn was a little orange spot, even on my large monitor. They should use some of that Silicon Valley money and invest in decent broadcast equipment, coverage, and trained operators. FOCUS!!!!!

Burning Man 2014 - Temple Burn via ustream

Burning Man 2014 – Temple Burn via ustream

Again, thanks to everyone who made the webcast happen, with the exception of a DJ previously mentioned, we really appreciate your effort, but unfortunately EPIC FAIL! (x2)

Burning Man 2014 - Inside the Temple

Burning Man 2014 – Inside the Temple – Valerie V.’s photo

Burning Man 2014 - Temple Burn

Burning Man 2014 – Temple Burn

More Playa Pics: (here are a few more pics from this week on the interweb… )

Burning Man 2014 - Wake of the Flood on Monday

Burning Man 2014 – Wake of the Flood on Monday – Valerie V.’s photo

Burning Man 2014 - building the Temple

Burning Man 2014 – building the Temple – Valerie V.’s photo

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

 

Burning Man 2014 - Clean Kitchen Cooking for the Crew!

Burning Man 2014 – Clean Kitchen First Class Cooking for the Crew!

Burning Man 2014 - First Class Cooking for the Crew!

Burning Man 2014 – First Class Cooking for the Crew! (not vegan)

Burning Man 2014  - sunset on the playa

Burning Man 2014 – sunset on the playa

Burning Man 2014 - Monday after the exodus

Burning Man 2014 – Monday after the exodus

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