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Playboy Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl

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Break out the picnic baskets and sunscreen: The 32nd annual Playboy Jazz Festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. While jazz icons and festival veterans like George Benson, the Chick Corea Freedom Band, The Manhattan Transfer and The Pete Escovedo Orchestra headline the Saturday and Sunday lineups, we're more excited about the number of emerging artists, that can't strictly be classified as jazz. Here's a quick introduction to a few of the acts worth checking out at the festival:

Jake Shimabukro plays jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock--on a ukulele. He's on a mission to show that the 'lil guitar is capable of so much more than traditional Hawaiian music. Or Tiny Tim. (Saturday)

Jake Shimabukuro - "Trapped"

Naturally 7 is an a cappella group that specializes in "vocal play," where each member of the group uses their voice to replicate the sounds of a musical instrument. (Saturday)

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue is fronted by Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews.' Hailing from New Orleans Tremé (6th ward), Trombone Shorty is known for high-energy shows that mix rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul. He describes his signature sound as "Supafunkrock." (Saturday)

Jazz Mafia is an SF-based collective, an orchestra that specializes in jazz, electronica, soul, funk, big band and hip-hop led by its founder trombonist and bass guitarist Adam Theis. (Sunday)

Jazz Mafia - "Community 2.0"

Playboy Jazz Festival
@ the Hollywood Bowl
Saturday, June 12 at 2:30 pm
Sunday, June 13 at 2 pm
Tickets: $20-$150

**This is a lease event, which means you can bring a picnic, but you have to buy the alcohol at the Bowl. And remember to park and ride and take the shuttles. They're awesome. And cheap.