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Pencil This In: Gypsy Music @ UCLA, Brazil Fest @ The Ford and Air Guitar Regionals

There's more to music tonight than the Hollywood Bowl's official opening. Westsiders, check out the world stylings of Goran Bregovic at Royce Hall if you don't feel like heading East. / Photo by Andrew Shpak.
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You know it's summer in LA when Highland in Hollywood becomes even more of a traffic nightmare than usual when the Hollywood Bowl "officially" opens. (We guess the annual Playboy Jazz Festival is the unofficial opening?) Tonight, there's a star-studded opening night gala with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Josh Groban, who'll be inducted during the 10th anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be conducted by Thomas Wilkins, with guest performers Roger Daltrey, Angélique Kidjo, Frederica von Stade and Trisha Yearwood. Tickets are $17-$103.

Across the street is the oft-overlooked Ford Amphitheatre, which will be hosting a Brazilian Summer Festival tonight at 8 pm. On stage dancing up a storm will be Mestre Amen’s Capoeira Batuque and the Vai-vai Sambaxé Dancers. Headlining the festival is singer Diogo Nogueira, with pianist Marcos Ariel opening the show. Remember the Ford’s grounds are open for picnicking two hours before the show. Tickets are $45 and $12 for children 12 and under.

Do you picture yourself an air guitar god? Well size yourself up against the dudes who take to the Troubadour stage tonight during the LA regionals for the U.S. Air Guitar title. Doors open at 8 pm and tickets are $18. The winner will get to go to the U.S. finals in D.C. in August. The national champ goes to Finland to compete for the world title.