SAN DIEGO SUNSET EVENTS:
A “green flash” is a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon. Many La Jollans line the beach at sunset and watch as the big orange ball sinks into the ocean, but few have ever seen the elusive flash.
Of course, there are those who claim to have seen “lots of ‘em,” and my guess is they downed several glasses of wine while they were waiting.
Whatever. Like grunion, the green flash is part of our local culture.
It’s also the name of an annual concert series presented by Birch Aquarium at Scripps on their beauteous outdoor tide-pool plaza with a panoramic ocean view.
Here’s the just-announced 2010 schedule :
Wednesday, May 19: ROCKOLA
Back by popular demand, San Diego’s premier 60′s and 70′s cover band will play your favorite Beatles songs and other Classic Rock favorites.
Wednesday, June 16: VENICE
Musician David Crosby called Venice “one of the best groups of any kind I have ever heard.” Their unique sound mixes soaring harmonies of rock, folk, pop, funk and R&B with lyrics that are intelligent and laced with wit.
Wednesday, July 21: SHAWN MULLINS
Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins best known for his top 10 hit “Lullaby” shows his southern style of humanity, heartache and hope through intricate guitar work and soothing vocals.
Wednesday, August 18: STEVE POLTZ
The clever, creative and humorous songs of local powerhouse Steve Poltz make for an unforgettable evening of great music and great fun.
Wednesday: Sept. 15: TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Bay Area bluesman Tommy Castro brings his mesmerizing blend of rock, blues and Memphis soul. Winner of numerous awards, including B.B. King Blues Entertainer of the Year.
You must be 21 to attend. Concerts take place 6 -9 p.m. General admission: $35 with RSVP ($170 season pass), $40 at the door. Admission includes the concert, entrance to all aquarium exhibits and parking. Reservations: 858-534-4109. Savory happy-hour appetizers, craft beers and wines provided by Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery will be available for purchase.
For its fifth season, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is introducing two VIP packages for the ultimate concert experience. Concertgoers can purchase a guaranteed stage-side seat within the Golden Circle for $50 per person or rock out for $250 per person on the exclusive Diamond Deck overlooking the stage and La Jolla coast. Discounts for season passes are available.
Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
So go. Have fun – and keep your eyes on the horizon as the sun sets.
Photo courtesy Birch Aquarium at Scripps.