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"That OC Sound" Exhibition Opens at John Wayne Airport

(SANTA ANA, Calif.) – Now on view through May 1, 2024, That OC Sound is an exhibition celebrating Orange County's rich musical legacy. Featuring displays dedicated to famous musicians and bands, as well as two of the world's most prominent musical instrument manufacturers, this exhibit is a small glimpse of the iconic sounds that originated in this region.

Orange County is home to Fender and Rickenbacker, two iconic pillars in the music industry. Located down the street from John Wayne Airport, Rickenbacker's factory enthusiastically provided historical materials from their archives along with gleaming new instruments, fresh off the production line.

Forty-eight musical talents, including bands and solo artists, that got their start in Orange County – or at least have one member from the area – are featured in a large two-case display within the exhibition. The playful grid of faux album covers, a nod to the iconic studded belt, highlights Orange County as a genuine hub for punk and metal. Visitors will be delighted as they explore the exhibit and discover cherished favorites, including James Taylor, Cold War Kids, Atreyu, Social Distortion, and, of course, No Doubt.

Leo Fender, born and raised in Fullerton, California, lives on through the permanent Fender Gallery housed inside the Fullerton Museum Center. The exhibition Leo Fender: Fullerton to the World is on view at FMC through March 17, 2024. Strumming Through the Decades: Thirty Years with Fender will be available to visitors through the winter of 2025. The award-winning Fullerton Museum Center and Leo Fender Gallery are located in Downtown Fullerton. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 - 8:30 pm.

The That OC Sound exhibition can be found in the Destination Gallery, pre-security on the upper Departures Level between Terminals B & C.

For more information about the John Wayne Airport Arts Program,