Missiles of October (Friday) are on a similar level with their vibrant mixture of folk, rock and soul. Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (Friday) and John "Juke" Logan (Sunday) are top-shelf figures from the Southland blues scene, while oldies fans visiting the festival on Saturday can look to the Greg Topper Band (rock) and the Derek Bordeaux Band (soul) to deliver the hits with flair.
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The schedule: HEADLINERS on the Lawn Stage
James Brown, Fri., 9:30 p.m.
Dick Dale & the Deltones, Sat., 9:30 p.m.
Merle Haggard & the Strangers, Sun., 8 p.m.
OTHER MUSIC on the Lawn, KTWV Wave and USAir stages
Kelly Rae Band (country), 5 p.m., USAir Stage
Chris Camossi (jazz guitar), 6 p.m., Wave Stage
The Starlights (gospel), 7 p.m., Lawn Stage
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (blues), 7:30 p.m., USAir Stage
Jeff Lorber (jazz keyboards), 8 p.m., Wave Stage
Missiles of October (folk, rock, blues), 10 p.m., USAir Stage
Dave Camp (jazz saxophone), 10:30 p.m., Wave Stage
One World (world beat jazz), 12:30 p.m., Wave Stage
The Torquays (surf rock), 12:30 p.m., USAir Stage
Sapadilla (reggae), 1 p.m., Lawn Stage
Mike Gealer (jazz saxophone), 2:30 p.m., Wave Stage
Greg Topper Band (rock oldies), 3 p.m., USAir Stage
Freddie Brooks (blues), 3:30 p.m., Lawn Stage
Bob Mamet (jazz keyboards), 4:30 p.m., Wave Stage
Chris Gaffney & the Cold Hard Facts (country), 5:30 p.m., Lawn Stage
Brian Beirne, the Monte Carlos, Dodi Stevens, Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon (rock oldies), 5:30 p.m., USAir Stage
Michael Paulo (jazz saxophone), 6:30 p.m., Wave Stage
Derek Bordeaux Band (R&B), 7:30 p.m., Lawn Stage
Avenue Blue (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Wave Stage
The Rippingtons (jazz), 9:30 p.m., Lawn Stage
J. Michael Verta (jazz keyboards), 10:30 p.m., Wave Stage
George Griffin (blues), noon, USAir Stage
Freeway Philharmonic (jazz), 12:30 and 9 p.m., Lawn Stage
Tony Guerrero & Swingfest (jazz), 1 p.m., Lawn Stage
Thom Rotella (jazz guitar), 2 p.m., Wave Stage
Ruby & the Red Hots (blues), 2:30 p.m., USAir Stage
John "Juke" Logan (blues), 3:30 p.m., Lawn Stage
Doc Powell (jazz guitar), 4 p.m., Wave Stage
Bateke Bateke (African music), 4:30 p.m., USAir Stage
Jann Browne (country), 6 p.m., Lawn Stage
Richard Elliot (jazz saxophone), 6 p.m., Wave Stage
Kari Gaffney Band (blues and R&B), 6:30 p.m., USAir Stage
The Scarletts (R&B), 8:30 p.m., USAir Stage
COMEDY at the Improv Comedy Pavilion
Jim Hope, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Kivi Rogers, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Dan Wedeking, 2, 4 and 7 p.m.
Jim McDonald, 2:15, 4:15 and 7:15 p.m.
Johnny Sanchez, 2:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Gerry Swallow, 2:45, 4:45 and 7:45 p.m.
Sam Fedelli, 2 and 4 p.m.
Ron Morey, 2:15, 4:15 and 7 p.m.
Sean Morey, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Gerry Swallow, 7:30 p.m.
COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS at the Gas Co.'s Chef's Pavilion
James Boyce (Azzura Point & Lowes Coronado Bay Resort), 6 p.m.
John Sharpe (Bistro 201, Diva, Kachina and Topaz Cafe restaurants), 7 p.m.
John Capiricci (Long Beach Marriott), ice-carving demonstration, 8 p.m.
Lasse Sorensen (Kellogg West Conference Center & Lodge and Cal Poly Pomona), 1 p.m.
Joe D. Cochran Jr. (Duane's Prime Steaks at the Mission Inn), 2 p.m.
Pascal Olhats (Pascal and Pascal Epicerie), 3 p.m.
Maria Foscari (Foscari Italian Cuisine), 4 p.m.
Cliff Huffstetler (Cliff's Ragin' Cajun Cafe), 5 p.m.
Dennis Burrage (Capistrano Depot), 6 p.m.
John McLaughlin (J.W.'s at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel), 7 p.m.
John Capiricci (Long Beach Marriott), ice carving demonstration, 8 p.m.
Tim Godell (Aubergine), 1 p.m.
Gary Palm (Hotel del Coronado), 2 p.m.
Jim Strausbaugh (Club Bar & Grill at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel), 3 p.m.
Paul Buchanan (Renaissance Cafe, Laguna Beach), 4 p.m.
Don Hamilton (Chanteclair), 5 p.m.
Joe Gonzales (McCormick & Schmicks), 6 p.m.
FOR CHILDREN at the Radio Aahs Kids' Stage
Cory the Clown, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Erock (musical group), 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Brian Batastini (magician), 7 p.m.
"Alice in Wonderland," performed by Little Note and World Co., 8 p.m.
"Alice in Wonderland," performed by Little Note and World Co., 12:30 and 6 p.m.
Kids on Stage for a Better World, 1:15 p.m.
Parachute Express, 2 and 5 p.m.
Erock, 3:15 and 8:45 p.m.
Jim Rule, 4:15 p.m.
Ashley Ballard & Children Choir, 6:30 p.m.
Scott Land Marionettes, 7:15 p.m.
Kids Are Music, 8 p.m.
"Alice in Wonderland," performed by Little Note and World Co., 12:30 and 2:45 p.m.
Enrico Lopez, 1 p.m.
International Children's Choir, 1:15 and 3:30 p.m.
Southern California Trampoline Academy, 2 p.m.
Radio Aahs & the Fun Bunch present "Aahsome Games," 4 p.m.
Beckwith & Towner (from ABC's "Kids' View"), 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
The Happy Crowd, 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Brian Batastini, 8 p.m.
FIREWORKS FINALE, Sunday, 9:45 p.m., near the USAir stage
--Compiled by Kenneth Williams and James McCaffrey
* What: A Taste of Orange County.
* When: Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
* Where: El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
* Whereabouts: Take either the San Diego (405) or the Santa Ana (5) freeways to either the Jeffrey Road or the Sand Canyon exit and head inland.
* Wherewithal: $3-$8.
* Where to call: (714) 808-8463, Ext. 9420.