Orange County Great Park Flights & Sounds Summer Festival - Dance from the swing era to music inspired by Orange County's breezy

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- It's all about the evolution of cool this weekend as the Orange County Great Park's "Flights & Sounds Summer Festival" features dance from the swing era and music inspired by Orange County's breezy surf culture. On Friday, let Jerry Mandel Swinging the Standards Jazz Band take you away to enjoy music from the greatest generation, and on Saturday the laid-back sounds of Donovan Frankenreiter will resonate with every generation.

Much of Orange County knows Jerry Mandel only from his years as president of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, but with a cast of skilled locals, sax player/bandleader Mandel plays standards from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Come early at 7:30 p.m and let dance instructors teach you how to glide across the dance floor with style.

On Saturday, September 18th come catch the wave with surfer and singer Donovan Frankenreiter. This Orange County native has a voice like a warm summer breeze, and while he's surfed professionally for more than two decades, music fans learned of him in 2004, when his debut solo album yielded the radio hit "Free."

"Come enjoy the music of two local performers delight in the sounds of swing, sun and surf," said Larry Agran, Chair, Orange County Great Park Corporation. "We invite everyone to come enjoy these performances that will bring everybody in Orange County together for truly great time at 'Flights & Sounds Summer Festival.'"

Before Saturday's performance, visitors can enjoy the Great Park Comedy Corner at 7:00 p.m. featuring Taylor Williamson, Robbie Pickard and Ryan Niemiller. Admission to "Flights & Sounds Summer Festival" dance and concert series is free, and parking is just $10.

Be sure to come back next week for the grand finale of "Flights & Sounds Summer Festival" featuring Waltz Me: A Night in Vienna and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Mardi Gras Indians.