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File This Under Bops: John Wayne Airport Now Has Live Music

First there was art, then wine—hi, Vino Volo—and now, live music at John Wayne Airport. Seriously, if the cool cats at John Wayne Airport aren’t careful, people might just visit the airport to hang! (Although, ha. You can’t. The live music is past the security checkpoint, which means you’d have to purchase a ticket to enjoy your pre-aviation show.)

The live music arrives via a newly launched program, JWAlive, and is in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Featuring a rotating roster of musicians, ticketed passengers at John Wayne Airport can now listen to live acoustic guitar and piano performances.


“As part of our commitment to elevating the superior guest experience at John Wayne Airport, we introduced JWAlive,” said Airport Director Barry Rondinella. “Live music in the terminal creates a peaceful ambience for our guests to unwind and relax before their flight.”

The JWAlive music program is sponsored in part by QSC and Keyboard Concepts. Performances will be amplified with a professional-grade sound system given to the airport by QSC; piano players can tickle the ivories on a brand-new Yamaha N3X AvantGrant piano, an innovation of piano-making mastery.

For those geeking out on this high-tech baby grand, the instrument combines cutting-edge digital technology with the same action as Yamaha’s renowned grand pianos in a space-saving instrument. It offers the same touch, tone and artistic connection of the Yamaha’s finest nine-foot concert grand piano without ever needing to be tuned.

For a complete schedule of performances, locations and artist bios, visit, and follow John Wayne Airport on Instagram for videos of JWAlive performances.

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