The Irvine Barclay Theater announced the lineup for the 2012 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival, where each weekend in August, the Orange County Great Park will host a different flavor of world music. Even better, admission is free, though you can expect to pay $10 to park your car on the grounds. Still, though, not too shabby considering artists they've booked, which includes local legends like Poncho Sanchez and Latin buzz band La Santa Cecilia.
Here's a rundown of each week. Concerts are held at three different park locations: The Palm Courts Arts Complex, The Dance Concourse and the Runway Stage.
Latin Music Weekend
Thursday, August 2 @ Palm Court Arts Complex — La Santa Cecilia (Chicano folk-rock)
Friday, August 3 @ Dance Concourse — La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé (salsa)
Saturday, August 4 @ Runway Stage — Poncho Sanchez with trumpeter Christian Scott (Cuban jazz)
World Beat Weekend
Thursday, August 9 @ Palm Court Arts Complex — Niyaz (Persian EDM)
Friday, August 10 @ Runway Stage — Ladysmith Black Mambazo (African Vocal from Paul Simon's Graceland)
Saturday, August 11 @ Dance Concourse — DJ Rekha (Bhangra/Bollywood)
Brits and Celts Weekend
Friday, August 17 @ Palm Court Arts Complex — The Dunwells (U2-like rock)
Saturday, August 18 @ Runway Stage — Solas (Celtic)
Made in America Weekend
Thursday, August 23 @ Palm Court Arts Complex — John Jorgenson Quintet, Junior Watson (Blues)
Friday, August 24 @ Dance Concourse — Pete Jacobs Band (swing)
Saturday, August 25 @ Runway Stage — Del McCoury (bluegrass)
Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. All shows start at 8:15 p.m. Dance instruction at the Dance Councourse shows begins at 7:45 p.m. More information at www.ocgp.org or call 866-829-3829.