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  • Thundercat Joins Herbie Hancock: Next Generation at the Hollywood Bowl on August 21
  • Aug. 14, 2019
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  • WHAT:
    Thundercat joins as a special guest in Herbie Hancock: Next Generation featuring Herbie Hancock, R+R=Now and special guest Phoelix at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, August 21, at 8 PM. For this performance, the Oscar®- and multiple Grammy® Award-winning Hancock will perform his own material, as well as share the stage with three trailblazers shaping the future of jazz.

    Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz, and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.

    As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Flying Lotus’ 2010 LP Cosmogramma on the track “MmmHmm.” Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse, co-produced by Flying Lotus and released on his Brainfeeder label. Thundercat has since released three more records on Brainfeeder: 2013’s Apocalypse; 2015’s EP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam; and 2017’s Drunk, a 23-track journey featuring Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael MacDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus, and more. Thundercat also earned a 2015 Grammy® Award for his work on the track “These Walls” from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly.

    The performance is part of the Jazz at the Bowl series.

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    Herbie Hancock, William Powers & Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz
    Thundercat and Phoelix, special guests


    Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 8:00PM


    2301 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068


    Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season are available online at or via phone at 323 850 2000.


    Sophie Jefferies,, 213 972 3422
    Lydia Fong,, 213 972 3689


    About the Hollywood Bowl
    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2018, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the 14th year in a row at the 29th Annual Pollstar Awards and in November 2018 was awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2018 Billboard Live Music Awards for the second consecutive year. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.

  • Contact:

    Sophie Jefferies,, 213 972 3422
    Lydia Fong,, 213 972 3689