LA JOLLA–Every summer Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego transforms its Tide Pool Plaza into an outdoor music venue unlike any other for The Green Flash Concert Series.
These lively summer concerts, presented in partnership with 101.5 KGB and Belly Up Entertainment, provide the ultimate Southern California music experience with nationally touring bands.
Named for the rare optical phenomenon caused by the refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon — which is often visible during the concerts — the Green Flash concert series combines live music with panoramic ocean views, stunning sunsets, and admission to the aquarium, all while supporting Birch Aquarium’s mission to connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet.
Lineup for the 14th annual Green Flash Summer Concert Series:
Wednesday, May 22:
TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
Killin’ It Live Record Release Tour
Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. The Blues Music Award-winning artist has performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows.
Wednesday. June 19:
Wild Child is a Los Angeles based tribute to The Doors.. They successfully recapture the original: sound, feel, mood, dynamics and delivery of Jim Morrison and the Doors. The show includes the band’s classic rock hits “Break on Through (to the Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” “L.A. Woman,”“Love Her Madly,”“Riders of the Storm,” and more.
Wednesday, July 17:
PINE MOUNTAIN LOGS & VENICE
Green Flash fan favorites Pine Mountain Logs and Venice return to the Green Flash stage. With talent that has toured with Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Pine Mountain Logs will rock the aquarium with their unique mashup of classic rock hits ranging from Led Zeppelin to the Jackson Five, Tom Petty, TLC, Aerosmith and more. Their insidious alter egos, Venice combine stellar harmonies with the classic Laurel Canyon sound.
Wednesday, Aug. 14:
THE MOTHER HIPS
The Mother Hips’ ability to sing it sweet and play it dirty has helped their live show become the stuff of legend. Through countless headline shows, massive festival appearances, and dates with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Jackie Greene, Lucinda Williams, Steve Poltz and The Black Crowes, The Mother Hips features the breezy harmonies of The Beach Boys, the funky roots of The Band, the psychedelic Americana of the Grateful Dead and the Soulful Twang of The Byrds.
Wednesday, Sept. 18:
With 8 Billboard charting songs — including “Because the Night,” “Trouble Me,” and “These are the Days” — 10,000 Maniacs has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent.
All concerts are held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and are general admission and standing room only. Savory bites, craft beers and wine are available for purchase. Single tickets are on sale now for $33 for BIrch Aquarium members, $38 in advance for the general public. Day of show general admission tickets are $44.
Season passes are also available for $155 for Birch Aquarium members, $175 for the general public. For the best view in the house, upstairs VIP Experience tickets are also available for $150 per person per show and include catered food and beverages. Admission includes the concert as well as entrance to all aquarium exhibits and free parking. Processing fees apply to all online ticket orders.
Green Flash Concerts are made possible by Rock Bottom, French Gourmet, Bank of America, Jackson Design and Remodeling, Korbel, and Event-A-Vision. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu.