Sounds of Summer Festival at Orange County Great Park

Sizzling summer nights heat up with dance parties and concerts under the glow of the Orange County Great Park Balloon when the Flights & Sounds of Summer Festival returns to the Orange County Great Park. Flights & Sounds of Summer Festival is
an exciting and diverse eight-week line-up of music and dance parties
on Friday and Saturday nights beginning August 6th and continuing
through Sept. 25.  The festival also includes live stand-up comedy
and art exhibitions.

On Friday, Aug. 6, swing into the Great Park with Swingtown,
the 11-piece band filled with brilliant horns, trumpets, trombones,
saxophones and vocals galore as they launch Friday Night Dance Parties. 
The big band dance sounds of Swingtown
will perform in front of historic World War II Hangar 244 beginning at
8:00 p.m.  Don’t know how to boogie-woogie? Dance instructors will get
you up and on your feet starting at 7:30 p.m.  

Then on Saturday, Aug. 7, come back and enjoy the dynamic expression and intensity of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles the
first all-woman professional mariachi ensemble in the United States as
they kick off this season of Great Park Saturday Night Concerts.   Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
will instill an exceptional taste of mariachi with passion at 8 p.m.   The evening kicks off at 7 p.m., with local comedians Patrick
Keane, Eddie Barojas and Tim Chizmar.

 “We are proud to present Flights & Sounds of Summer Festival
exceptional music and dance concerts including proven favorites and new
discoveries,” said Larry Agran, Chair of the Orange County Great Park
Corporation.  “More than 25,000 people enjoyed last year’s concert and
dance series and we look forward to welcoming even more people this
year.”  

Upcoming 2010 summer performers include a wide variety of first-rate artists, featuring a return engagement from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, one of last year’s most popular performers.   Other upcoming performers include the five-time Grammy Award-winning, Blind Boys of Alabama local surfing champion and artist Donavon Frankenreiter, ScrapArtsMusic,   Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite-Boys and  BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Mardi Gras Indians.

Flights & Sounds Summer Festival is presented by the Orange County Great Park Corporation in partnership with Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Concertgoers can watch the show from chairs provided in a temporary
concert pavilion or bring their own chairs to listen to the music from
the Great Park Lawn.

Before
each performance, Hangar 244 is transformed into the Hangar Caf, a
lounge-like dining area serving up everything from snacks to full
dinners, along with refreshments. The menu features themed items
inspired by the global mix of musicians, and visitors can choose to also
pre-order their picnics by visiting www.ocgp.org.

The
Orange County Great Park is located off the 405 or 5 Freeways at Sand
Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. Admission to Flights & Sounds
Summer Festival dance and concert series is free, and parking is just
$10.

The
Orange County Great Park and its 1,347-acre master plan is the focal
point of the redevelopment of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air
Station, El Toro. The Great Park is currently built out to 27.5 acres
and includes an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in
the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. A $65.5 million
development plan to expand the Park to 200 acres is currently underway.
The plan will build out a core section of the Park for the most
immediate and wide-ranging public benefit, including a sports park,
agricultural area and an art and culture exhibition space.

 For the entire festival line-up and more information, go to www.ocgp.org.

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