Green Flash Concert Lineup Released; Get Ready to Rock at Birch Aquarium!

Patch file photo. Credit: Paul Gallaher
Patch file photo. Credit: Paul Gallaher

Enjoy a rockin’ sunset this summer at the ninth annual Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. The concert series kicks off May 21 with opening act Birds of Tokyo and headliner Joan Osborne. These unique monthly concerts – presented in partnership with 102.1 KPRi FM – are held from 5:30-9 p.m. for music lovers ages 21 and older. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

The May 21 concert features Joan Osborne with Birds of Tokyo. Australian band Birds of Tokyo’s insistent, bittersweet rock sounds have resonated deeply with fans and critics alike. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “stirring” and “anthemic,” the band also won the magazine’s 2011 “Reader’s Choice” Award. Multi-platinum selling artist and Grammy nominee Joan Osborne is perhaps best known for her international hit “(What If God Was) One of Us” in 1995.  Since then she has released several albums, toured extensively, and shared the stage with artists such as Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, and Patti Smith.

The Green Flash concert series combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium’s stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Savory happy-hour appetizers, craft beers, and wines are available for purchase. Keep an eye out for a real “green flash,” a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon.

First Concert Date: Wednesday, May 21
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
Performers: Joan Osborne & Birds of Tokyo

General admission: $28 per concert for Aquarium members with RSVP ($110 season pass), $31 per concert for public with RSVP ($120 season pass), $36 per concert at the door

Tickets on sale now! Call 858-534-4109 or go online: aquarium.ucsd.edu.

Additional 2014 Season Dates

  • Wednesday, June 18 — Performer: Eric Hutchinson with Scars on 45
  • Wednesday, July 16 — Steve Poltz 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20 — Marc Broussard with Tyrone Wells
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 — Augustana 

All concerts are general admission and standing room only. Discounts for season passes and Birch Aquarium members are available. For full details, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu.

Admission includes the concert, entrance to all aquarium exhibits, and parking. Green Flash concerts are made possible by 102.1 KPRi FM, Rock Bottom Brewery, San Diego County Toyota Dealers, Stellar Solar, Jackson Design & Remodeling, and The French Gourmet.

—Birch Aquarium


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