It's easy to take San Diego's year-round pleasant weather, scenic coastal views and vibrant music scene for granted, but there are few better ways to take it all in at once than Birch Aquarium's annual Green Flash Concert Series.
On Monday, the aquarium announced its 2019 concert season and it features national artists in five shows from May 22 to Sept. 18. The series, now in its 14th year, boasts concerts held on every third Wednesday of the summer months and are presented in partnership with 101.5 KGB and Belly Up Entertainment.
Hosted at the beautiful Tide Pool Plaza at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the "Green Flash" concert series is named "after the rare optical phenomenon caused by the refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon -- which is often visible during the concerts." In addition to soaking up the spot's natural beauty, fans of soul, blues, folk, psychedelic- and alt-rock all have a lot more to look forward to.
The 21-and-up events kick off on May 22 with blues maestro Tommy Castro & the Painkillers; Doors tribute band Wild Child (who performed last year as well) will be on hand June 19; classic-rock homage group Pine Mountain Logs and the harmony-laden folk-pop tribute band Venice headline July 17; beloved psychedelic-rockers the Mother Hips take the stage on Aug. 14; and Billboard-topping alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs cap off the season with a show on Sept. 18.
The shows run from 6-9 p.m., and general admission is standing room only. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Single tickets are on sale now ($33 for aquarium members, or $38 for the general public in advance). Walk-up general admission tickets are $44. Season passes are also available ($155 for members, $175 for the general public) along with VIP Experience tickets that include catered food and beverages ($150 per person). For more information and tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Panoramic coastal views, fantastic tunes and a refreshing Pacific Ocean breeze -- it's hard to beat the Birch Aquarium Green Flash Summer Concert Series.