“YMCA” Live! The Village People! The Hollywood Bowl! 17,000+ Dance-Along!

Welcome To The Hollywood Bowl!

Just a short distance from Hollywood and Vine, the iconic Hollywood Bowl has a terrific lineup of performances all summer long, including tonight, when Kool & the Gang were headlining a night of funk, with Morris Day & The Time as the opening act…except there was a third group on the bill – who came out to warm up the crowd and wow them with several of their iconic hits:

The Village People!

Yes, it was straight back to the disco era when the wildly-dressed group warmed up the crowd of 17,000+ with a short set of classic hits…here I am with my wife Alex and her sister Lauren, ready to dance the night away…

The Village People may have changed a bit over the years, but they seem to be more popular than ever!

As noted by The Hollywood Bowl website:

“The one-of- a-kind VILLAGE PEOPLE is synonymous with dance music. Their impact on music has earned them the title “Kings of Disco” and they have sold more than 100 million recordings worldwide. These six talented men combine energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of bumping and grinding! Their music provides entertainment for all and will have you singing & dancing!”

A1J7KX Can t Stop The Music Year 1980 Director Nancy Walker Village People

More on this photo in a moment, but for those who wonder who is still in the band, here is the latest on the group:

“In the summer of 2013, Let’s Go Back to the Dance Floor, Village People’s first worldwide release in 25 years (available on iTunes, Amazon etc.) and written and produced by Harry Casey (KC & the Sunshine Band!) joins their other hits as a super-popular addition to their stage show. It’s also the last collaboration with beloved members David Hodo and Jeff Olson before they retire after decades with the group. Jim Newman replaces Jeff Olson as the Cowboy and Bill Whitefield takes over the Construction Worker from David Hodo– Felipe, Alex, Ray and Eric remain as the longtime members. You can’t stop the music…and the party continues.”

And the party did in fact continue at The Hollywood Bowl on July 22, as dusk settled over the crowd, the boys came on stage and put on a party!

They had the crowd in the palm of their construction worker/policeman/indian chief/cowboy/soldier hands from the first note – but of course, everyone was there to hear that one song:

“YMCA” Live!

Yes, it was all about this one song – and they didn’t disappoint – here is the video of the live perforance, beginning with a tutorial by the band on how to form the letters to the song – it’s a great live moment as 17,000+ dance to the music:

As you can see, it was an amazing night for everyone – and as the colors show, a night of inclusion for all as well!

FYI, The Guinness World Records book certified The Village People’s Sun Bowl appearance on December 31, 2008 as the world’s largest YMCA dance with over 40,000 fans “doing the YMCA moves” while the group performed!

Speaking of great Village People performances:

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, front from left: The Village People: Ray Simpson, Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes, David Hodo, Alex Briley, Felipe Rose, 1980, © Associated Film Distribution

Yes, the boys starred in the amazingly ill-conceived musical starring Bruce Jenner called “Can’t Stop The Music!”

Yes folks, this is as wildly entertaining and misguided as anything you have ever seen! Click here for the trailer and the story behind this film:


Let me know if you enjoyed The Village People at The Hollywood Bowl!

Categories: 70's Cinema, 70's Music, Art, Awards, Books / Media, Cult Movies, Film Fight Club, Great Films, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Memoirs, Movies, Music, Obscure Movies, Obscure Music, Talent/Celebrities, Uncategorized

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5 replies

  1. I never really bought into The Village People, but I can see it was a fun night. I did get to see Kool and The Gang at a small open-air festival in England some years back. They were part of an evening that included the Isley Brothers, and a very young Amy Winehouse. That was a great concert.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  1. The Music Of “V” Is For Village People! Velvet Underground! Van Halen! The Eagles “Victim Of Love!” – johnrieber

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