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Hacking the Hollywood Bowl 2009, LAist-style

Neko Case, among the wild critters at the Greek Theatre. Photo by Andy Sternberg
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Neko Case at the Greek Theatre on Friday and the 31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl reminded us of how much we appreciate the summer outdoor concert season.

Deep in the forest of Griffith Park, the Greek was the perfect setting for Neko Case's soaring vocals and animal-centric audiovisuals. Standouts from the set were "This Tornado Loves You" from her latest album, Middle Cyclone, and "Wish I Was the Moon."

For jazz purists, the highlight of Saturday's Playboy Jazz Fest program was Jimmy Cobb and the So What Band's performing Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" in honor of the record's 50th anniversary. (Cobb was one of Miles Davis' studio musicians on the all-time best-selling jazz album). A wide range of musical styles were represented, including perennial LAist fave, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

After the jump, LAist staff hacks for enjoying the Hollywood Bowl and summer's other outdoor concert venues, just in time for the Bowl season opener June 19. What are yours?