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KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl featuring Kraftwerk & Yellow Magic Orchestra
August 23, 2020 • 6:30 pm PDT
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW present an on-air series featuring previously recorded live concerts from KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
The first episode — airing Sunday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT on KCRW and KCRW.com — features the September 18, 2016 Hollywood Bowl debut of Kraftwerk, whose electro innovations and odes to the autobahn shot well beyond their native Germany, and made them one of the most influential groups of all time. Also in the first episode is Tokyo’s Yellow Magic Orchestra, which appeared at the Bowl on June 26, 2011. The band helped to pioneer electronic music in Japan in the late 1970s and introduced the world to Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono. KCRW’s Program Director of Music, Anne Litt will host.
Created in partnership with the LA Phil, KCRW’s World Festival has been bringing an eclectic array of artists from around the world to the Hollywood Bowl stage for 20 years. Following the cancellation of the 2020 Bowl season due to COVID-19, the LA Phil and KCRW collaborate to present highlights of past World Festivals through an exclusive series of archival concerts to be broadcast on Sundays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., from August 23 to October 11.
Additional featured artists in upcoming episodes include: Blondie (July 9, 2017), Cibo Matto (June 26, 2011), Devotchka (July 14, 2013), Femi Kuti (June 21, 2009), Flying Lotus (June 17, 2018), Janelle Monáe (June 12, 2016), Jimmy Cliff (July 25, 2010), Little Dragon (June 17, 2018), Robyn (June 29, 2014), Rodrigo y Gabriela (July 14, 2013), Santigold (June 21, 2009), Sigur Rós (September 24, 2016), St. Vincent (August 30, 2015), and Toro y Moi (June 16, 2019).
Missing that fancy-box-seat-feeling this World Festival season? While the Bowl may be physically off-limits for now, you can still party like a VIP with gourmet concessions from our Fringe Benefits partners! If you’re on the west side, consider grabbing snacks and some wine to go from Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica or Stanley’s Wet Goods in Culver City. For points further east, check out Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese, Say Cheese in Silverlake, or Mission Wines in Pasadena. (KCRW members get 10% off, exclusions apply)