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The Santa Barbara Bowl was carved into the hillside above downtown in 1936 to host the final show of the annual, week-long Fiesta celebration. For almost 80 years now it has been a destination for a variety of weekly shows, April through October. With an alluring bird’s eye view of downtown, the Bowl has become known as one of the best venues in the country.

This year alone, Santa Barbara has pulled out some big names to headline some remarkable shows.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers
October 15, 2015

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers returned to Santa Barbara this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of his first Top 40 albums, A1A. Parrotheads from all over flocked to enjoy a laid-back classic rock set complete with booths serving delicious hand-shaken cocktails, providing the full Margaritaville effect.

Rebelution & Iration
August 15, 2015

Rebelution and Iration are both local Santa Barbara bands return yearly to hang out and play for their fellow SB individuals, so these shows usually have the best energy. The groups have been been praised as some of the best bands of the new reggae movement and this show was no exception. The energy they brought for their hometown emanated good vibes throughout the crowd. Keeping things extra chill, Slightly Stoopid and the Dirty Heads came to the Bowl the very next day!

Jack Johnson
September 1, 2015

Jack Johnson, another local who plays here almost every year, closed out his summer From Here To Now To You Tour here in SB. The show was unique because of its focus on creating an environmentally friendly, green way of touring that included community engagement initiatives such as sustainable fueling for tour buses, promoting ride-sharing to shows and engaging venues and fans to eliminate single use plastic containers.

Lorde, + Florence and the Machine
October 9, 20, 2015

Florence and the Machine and Lorde were just two of the big name headliners to sell out shows at the Bowl over summer. Lorde’s minimal but dramatic shows are powerful and enjoyable. Her humble attitude and dance moves that look like she is jamming out alone in her bedroom made for a very hyped up but intimate performance. As for Florence, it felt as if waiting months to recover from a broken ankle empowered her and her team to deliver an incredible show that emitted such a high-level energy it could be felt radiating across the Bowl. Year after year Santa Barbara brings in the biggest and best names in the music industry to play at one of the country’s best beachfront venues.

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