Thursday, April 29, 2010

Festivals of Sound - Activities - Coast Magazine

Festivals of Sound

WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Not all outdoor activities require you to break a sweat. Some just require a love of music. Check out our list of music festivals, most of which are taking place outdoors, for this spring and summer.



B.B. King at a previous Doheny Blues Festival

In the 1960s, Americans expressed themselves in a time of space exploration, civil rights marches and war protests through music. Bands like The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Beatles were (and still are) favorites of the time.

In 1969, through the collaboration of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, the legendary Crosby, Stills & Nash trio was born. Four decades ago, the trio united before over 500,000 people at Woodstock. They have since been dubbed the world's first "supergroup" and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have earned Grammys and Billboard rankings, and have pursued solo careers. But most importantly to us in Orange County, they will be at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point in May 2010.

Even if you're not a classic rock buff, spring and summer is bringing plenty of musical festivities. From the Doheny Blues Fest to the Mariachi Festival and Orange County Classic Jazz Festival, there's sure to be some tunes that suit you.

Doheny Blues Festival
When: May 22, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; May 23, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point
Price: Advance tickets -- single day $50, two-day pass $80; day-of-show tickets -- adults $55, children six-12 $15, children five and under free
949.360.7800 ::

Headlined by Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Black Crowes, the Doheny Blues Festival features an additional 24 acts on three stages, an International Food Court with multicultural food, a Kidz EcoZone with music-filled activities, and vendors galore.

Mariachi Festival
When: May 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano
Price: Free with paid admission to the Mission -- adults $10.50, seniors $9.50, children $6.50
949.234.1300 ::

Authentic Mexican food, mariachi performers and a Battle of the Mariachis are sure to keep you entertained.

KSBR Birthday Bash 2010
When: May 30, doors open 3 p.m., show begins at 5 p.m.
Where: Oso Viejo Park, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo
Price: $45
949.582.4714 ::

Browse the many vendors, enjoy pre-Bash jazz, have a picnic, and finally, enjoy the jazz music on the main stage.

Summer Outdoor Concert Series
When: Wednesdays, July 14-August 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Fullerton Sports Complex, 560 E. Silver Pine St., Fullerton
Price: Free
714.738.6545 ::

Not only will there be live entertainment at the Summer Outdoor Concert Series, but there will also be free arts and crafts for children and food available for purchase; or just bring chairs and blankets and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

Orange County Classic Jazz Festival
When: August 5, 3:30-11 p.m.; August 6-7, 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; August 8, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
Price: All Events Badge $85 if purchased before May 31; day badges ranging from $45-$55
888.215.6222 ::

This festival features music by Claude Luter and Yannick Singery, Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra, Yerba Buena Stompers, Ivory & Gold, and many more. There will be debut appearances, returning performers, free dance lessons, a grand parasol parade, and finally, a dance party.

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