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Rock in the Park

A Live Concert Series

Steve Poltz
Steve Poltz
Michael Tiernan opens each show
Michael Tiernan opens each show
BarWorks is ready to pour your favorite drink at each concert
BarWorks is ready to pour your favorite drink at each concert
The view from the stage as Common Sense played 2014's premiere show
The view from the stage as Common Sense played 2014's premiere show
Berkley Hart Selis Twang
Berkley Hart Selis Twang
Tim Flannery
Tim Flannery
Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas



The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is ready to ROCK with our second annual live concert series! Each show features:

  • Two performances: an awesome opening act and a rockin' headliner 
  • Food available for purchase from Wild Thyme, plus theater fare
  • Beer, wine and cocktails available at the no-host bar
  • The Fleet's 100+ hands-on exhibits open for exploration

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. 21+ only; IDs will be checked at the door. Please note that all performances take place in the theater lobby. This indoor venue is standing-room only.

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase at the Fleet ticket counter (open daily starting at 10 a.m.), online or by phone by calling the Fleet's Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x806.

Concert Schedule

Friday, February 20: Venice

Venice’s trademarks are incredible harmonies, personal lyrics and high-energy shows. Their sound is at once familiar and fresh, their classic rock and folk influences apparent in their pop sensibilities. Their hybrid of rock/pop/soul is alive and still growing, with many fans worldwide considering them the torchbearers of Southern California sound. They hail from Venice Beach, CA, and consist of two sets of brothers: Michael and Mark Lennon, and their cousins, Kipp and Patt Lennon. 

Friday, March 27: Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas’ music is strongly influenced by his parents' love of blues and gospel music and his own affinity for '60s and '70s soul. His "I Sing the Blues" became a hit for Etta James, and he's played European music festivals with such artists as Elvis Costello and B.B. King. His second album, Extra Soul, was released in 1994 on the Memphis International label, followed by a second for the imprint, Intersection, in 2005. 

Friday, April 17: Berkley Hart Selis Twang

Eve Selis and Marc Twang join forces with folk circuit mainstays Berkley Hart. They've merged their various instrumental, vocal and writing skills to create an album full of memorable songs and strong performances. Framed by thoughts of home, memories and dreams, using melodies that sound as familiar as those thoughts, earnest three-part harmonies take the listener from the easy lilt of West Coast country-rock to bluegrass-styled Appalachia and all toe-tapping points in between.

Friday, May 22: Steve Poltz

To suggest that Steve Poltz isn’t normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate Steve Poltz in any region of normalcy. For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing. Poltz’ sound is entirely unique—from his inhuman fingerstyle techniques to the inimitable melodies that roll from his guitar like cool waterfalls, you know a Poltz song as soon as you hear it. His show is frenzied, aggressive, hilarious and heartbreakingly sincere. His live performances have become bona fide events.

Special Guest: Michael Tiernan

Michael Tiernan opens each show. He hung with monks deep in desert monasteries and lived in the Vatican, but he left the seminary for the higher calling of music, and has since racked up several national and international awards for his songwriting. His acoustic blend has a relaxed vibe mixed with a big city sound. Deep in meaning, yet playful in attitude, Michael’s music takes you from the temple to the tavern and from the beach to downtown.

Parking and Times

All performances will be held at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Ample FREE parking in the lot at Space Theater Way at Park Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Michael Tiernan performs at 7:30 p.m. Headliners perform at approximately 8:20 p.m. All performances are in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The venue is the Theater Lobby, indoors, standing-room only. 21+ only. IDs will be checked at the door.

Come early, get your hands on fun science exhibits, grab a bite to eat, get a beverage and we will rock you!


Food is available for purchase at all Rock in the Park concerts!

Wild Thyme is offering the following items:

Mediterranean Tapas (Vegetarian), $7: Cucumber, tomato, feta salad with fresh pita bread, hummus, tzatziki, Greek olives, lemon orzo salad

Spring Rolls (GF and Vegetarian), $8: Tofu, mango, cucumber, cilantro, mint and peanut dipping sauce

Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Panini, $8: Roast turkey, brie, fresh basil, cranberry compote, multigrain bread

Cheeseburger Sliders, $8: Applewood-smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, brioche buns—2 per order—with Bibb lettuce, Roma tomatoes, pickles, dijonnaise and Kettle Chips

Hawaiian Style Pork Luau (GF), $9: Pulled pork with jasmine coconut rice, mango salsa and crispy slaw

Salted Caramel Brownie, $3

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie, $3

S’mores Cookie, $4

Enjoy theater fare from the Concessions stand: $3 candy and $5 popcorn, plus non-alcoholic beverages, including coffee.

Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available at both bars.


Advance sales:

$27 general admission

$24 Fleet members and Balboa Park employees

Day of show price:

$32 at the door, no discounts

Purchase Rock in the Park tickets at the Fleet ticket counter (open daily starting at 10 a.m.), online or by phone by calling the Fleet's Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x806.

Past Shows

Friday, January 16: Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe

You may know Tim Flannery from the hallowed fields of the Major Leagues, but he's also a prolific and talented songwriter. He is a seasoned fingerstyle legend of Americana music with a gift for crafting potent, resonant song.

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