Now in its 95th season, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival brings world-class performers to the Inland Empire. Open to all, there is no admission fee — guests are just asked to make goodwill donations. There is no better way to spend the summer than under the stars, soaking in a stellar performance.
Know before you go:
The Redlands Bowl is at 25 Grant Street. Seating is first come, first served. There is limited handicapped parking on Eureka Street by the Bowl, available after 5 p.m. Picnics are allowed, but coolers must be small enough to go under bench seats. Alcohol, smoking, and recording or photographing performances without permission from the artists and Redlands Bowl are all prohibited. Pets are not allowed to attend performances, with the exception of service animals.
For full descriptions of the performances, please take a look at the Redlands Summer Music Festival brochure.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 8 P.M.
Viva Italia! Redlands Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Maestro Frank Fetta, featuring O Sole Trio
Why you should go: O Sole Trio will be making their return to the Bowl after performing sold-out concerts around the world, and Fetta will be conducting Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 8 P.M.
The Grand Finals of the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Concerto Competition
With the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and featured guest artist John Jorgenson
Why you should go: These are some of the most talented young musicians you’ll find anywhere, and Jorgenson — hailed by Elton John as a “brilliant guitarist” — is a past winner of the competition.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 8 P.M.
Surf City Allstars
With original Beach Boy David Marks
Why you should go: Surf music and summertime go hand in hand, and you’ll want to sing along to “Good Vibrations” and “Little Deuce Coupe” under the stars.
TUESDAY, JULY 3, 8 P.M.
JazzReach “Poppin!” The Story of Blue Note Records
Featuring Metta Quintet
Why you should go: This is a multimedia experience, with the Metta Quintet performing and film projected onto the Redlands Bowl Prosellis, making for a different kind of event.
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 8 P.M.
Navy Band Southwest
Why you should go: It’s a few days after the 4th of July, but what better way to cap off the week than a night of patriotic music, pop favorites, and Big Band classics.
SATURDAY, JULY 7, 8 P.M.
Guatemalan Folkloric Ballet
Why you should go: The Guatemalan Folkloric Ballet will be making its debut at the Redlands Bowl, telling the history of Guatemala through amazing costumes, dancing, and music.
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 8 P.M.
The Modern Gentleman
Why you should go: The Modern Gentlemen have spent 12 years singing backup for Frankie Valli, performing in the style of classic vocal groups like The Four Freshman.
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 8 P.M.
Branson on the Road
Why you should go: If you’re a fan of classic country and traveling road shows, this is the concert for you — think banjos, mandolins, and rhinestones. Leader Debbie Horton is fun and charismatic, and the only woman to have played lead guitar for Johnny Cash.
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 8 P.M.
Featuring Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles
Why you should go: Jarabe Mexicano’s upbeat mariachi is the perfect accompaniment to the dancing of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles, who are fresh off their appearance at the 2018 Academy Awards.
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 8 P.M.
The Hutchins Consort
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Why you should go: The Hutchins Consort plays on eight scaled violins designed to provide the perfect acoustic experience.
THURSDAY, JULY 26 – SUNDAY, JULY 29, 8 P.M.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Produced and directed by Wayne Scott
Why you should go: The Bowl’s annual musical is always one of the season’s most popular events — plus, who doesn’t want to sing along to “Be Our Guest” and watch as characters like Lumiére and Mrs. Potts come to life?
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 8 P.M.
Tribute to Chicago
Why you should go: The members of Brass Transit are eight of Canada’s most sought-after musicians and singers, and formed the band in 2008 because of their love for Chicago.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 8 P.M.
An Evening of Opera Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Great Composer’s Birth
Why you should go: Highlights of the evening will include the Overture from Candide and selections from West Side Story.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 8 P.M.
Too Marvelous for Words
A Celebration of Nat King Cole featuring Keith David
Why you should go: Emmy-winner Keith David will take you on a journey through the life of one of the most celebrated American singers.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 8 P.M.
Polynesian Paradise Dancers
Why you should go: The Polynesian Paradise Dancers perform a variety of fun and exciting moves, including hula and fire dancing.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 8 P.M.
The Sinatra Band
Starring Matt Mauser and The Pete Jacobs Orchestra
Why you should go: Matt Mauser is a seasoned pro, having channeled Frank Sinatra since the late 1990s.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 8 P.M.
Finale With Fireworks
Redlands Symphony Orchestra
Why you should go: It’s the season finale, with acclaimed pianist Rufus Choi playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, accompanied by fireworks.