That OC Sound exhibition now open at John Wayne Airport

Now on view through May 1, 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 exhibition is a small glimpse of the iconic sounds that originated in this region.

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Photos courtesy of JWA

Installation view of “That OC Sound” Rickenbacker and Fender displays

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

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Installation view of “That OC Sound” album cover displays

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.

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, visit


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