The 2016 Santa Barbara Bowl season is well under way! Artists like G-Eazy, the 1975, and Chris Stapleton have already stopped by, but there are plenty more acts to prepare yourself for. Here are some dates I’m looking forward to…
MAY 22 - The Do-Over Tour
This comedy tour with Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson, and Rob Schneider will be more than just a night of laughs. Neflix is set to release an original film, The Do-Over, on May 27, so I have a feeling this tour gives a sneak peek at all of the crazy characters these comedians will play in the movie. The tagline of The Do-Over is:
“Two down-on-their-luck guys decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they’re pretending to be are in even deeper trouble.”
JULY 3 - I Love the ‘90s
The Bowl revives that 90s hip-hop and R&B sound with performances from Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, and Young MC. Obviously I am excited to hear the classic hits like “Shoop,” “Push It,” “Ice Ice Baby,” “I Wanna Sex You Up,” “Wild Thing,” and “Bust A Move.” But I’m also looking forward to seeing the fashion from both the artists and the audience. Bandanas, overalls, Timberlands, hair picks, windbreaker sweatsuits? I want to see to see it all!
AUGUST 5 - Weezer & Panic! At The Disco
Both Weezer and Panic! At The Disco could individually have successful shows at the SB Bowl, but a double header? Now that’s a epic. Both rock artists have dropped albums recently, Panic! with Death of a Bachelor and Weezer with their fan-titled The White Album, so I’m curious how they will split the stage and which songs will be included in their sets. Maybe a potential collaboration? No matter what, it is destined to be great.
SEPTEMBER 1 - Journey
My family loves 80s music, so the memories I have belting Journey songs in the car are endless. “Don’t Stop Believing” has sold over 7 million copies in the United States alone, and is considered an anthem to many Americans. Without a doubt, the Journey concert at the SB Bowl will attract fans of all ages.
SEPTEMBER 30 - Gary Clark Jr.
I saw GCJ at Coachella this year (Read my recap here!), and he was one of my top sets of the weekend. He represents a natural hybrid of the past and future of blues. His guitar skills blew me away, comparable to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Not only does he shred on the guitar, but he sings incredibly well too! A rising star that Santa Barbara is very fortunate to have.
Those are just a few of the shows coming to the Bowl this season. Check out the full lineup and let us know who your favorites are!