Green Flash Summer Concert Series returns in May

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography's fourth annual Green Flash Concert Series kicks off May 20. These monthly summer concerts, co-hosted by 102.1 KPRI, take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Music lovers ages 21 and older can enjoy live music and panoramic ocean views on the aquarium's outdoor tide-pool plaza. Happy-hour appetizers, craft beers and wines are available for purchase by Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Forty percent of proceeds are donated back to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

For its fourth season, Birch Aquarium at Scripps continues to expand its musical line-up with a mix of national performers. Admission includes the concert, entrance to all aquarium exhibits and parking. 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.

Green Flash concerts support Birch Aquarium at Scripps and its mission to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps Oceanography research and to promote ocean conservation.

Green Flash Concert dates and performers:

May 20

Performer: Eve Selis

This Americana music queen from San Diego is back by popular demand with her distinctive blend of country, gospel and rock 'n' roll.

Web site:

www.myspace.com/eveselis

June 17

Performer: Shawn Mullins

Back for a second year, singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins –- best known for his top 10 hit "Lullaby" –- brings us his southern style of humanity, heartache and hope through intricate guitar work and soothing vocals.

Web site:

www.myspace.com/shawnmullins

July 15

Performer: Steve Poltz

This playful singer-songwriter and guitarist from San Diego -– who co-founded the indie-rock band The Rugburns and co-wrote the Jewel song "You Were Meant for Me"-– is known for his poignant melodies and quirky, satirical lyrics.

Web site:

www.myspace.com/stevepoltz

Aug. 19

Performer: Jack Tempchin

Renowned for writing such legendary hits as "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone" for the Eagles, and "Slow Dancing" for Johnny Rivers, Jack Tempchin's classic style and captivating voice will warm your heart.

Web site:

www.myspace.com/jacktempchin

Sept. 16

Performer: Venice

The band's soaring harmonies mix rock 'n' roll, folk, funk, pop and R&B.

Web site:

www.myspace.com/venicecentralspace

Advance reservations: $20 per concert ($90 season)

Walk-in admission: $25 per concert

Call (858) 534-4109 for reservations and to get more information, click

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