Sunset concerts in full swing at Birch Aquarium
by Debbie Hatch
Jun 10, 2010 | 1646 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Green Flash Concert attendees enjoying live music and panoramic views. 	Courtesy Photo
Green Flash Concert attendees enjoying live music and panoramic views. Courtesy Photo
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The intimate Green Flash Concert series at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is in full swing for ages 21 and up throughout summer.

Concert attendees can look forward to enjoying live music and panoramic views of coastal La Jolla from the aquarium’s outdoor tide pool plaza the third Wednesday of each month.

The events are co-hosted by KPRI-FM.

“It’s a chance to get up close and personal with the artist,” said Kerry Keys of KPRI. Venice will be the next band to perform on Wednesday, June 16.

“It was one of the most memorable gigs we’ve ever had,” said Michael Lennon of Venice of the band’s performance last year. “The view, the people, everything was so awesome. It’s so California!”

Venice will play favorites from their list of music and may also perform crowd requests.

“They are really interactive with their audience,” said Keys, who saw Venice play during the concert series last year.

Venice is good at getting the crowd into the performance, she added.

Guests are instructed to keep an eye out for a green flash, a rare phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the drops below the horizon.

Appetizers, craft beers and wines are available for purchase and supplied by Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.

Proceeds support educational programs at both Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium.

Basic tickets cost $35. With the concert series in its fifth year, Birch Aquarium has added VIP packages sure to entice some attendees. A guaranteed stage side seat is available with the Golden Circle package for $50 per person.

Another option is a seat overlooking the stage and the La Jolla coastline. This is $250 per person.

Admission prices include the concert and parking. The aquarium will be open for ticket holders.

All concerts are from 6 to 9 p.m.

The final four concerts of the season are Venice on June 16, Shawn Mullins on July 21, Steve Poltz on Aug. 18 and the Tommy Castro Band on Sept. 15.

More information on discounts and packages visit http://aquarium.ucsd.edu.
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