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The music and vocal harmonies of Venice come to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Venice is the second headliner in the Fleet's Rock in the Park, live concert series, on Friday, February 20, at 7 p.m.

February 05, 2015

San Diego, CA—The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center welcomes the second headliner of our 2015 Rock in the Park live concert series, Venice!

Venice will perform at the Fleet on Friday, February 20, at 7 p.m. The opening act for the show will be veteran San Diego musician Michael Tiernan.

Hailing from—where else? Venice Beach, California—Venice is a band that consists of two sets of brothers:  Michael and Mark Lennon, and their cousins, Kipp and Pat Lennon. 

As a band, Venice has recorded and performed together since the 1980s. Their sound is at once familiar and fresh, their classic rock and folk influences apparent in their pop sensibilities.  You might recognize some of Venice’s influences, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash; Fleetwood Mac; Joni Mitchell; Stevie Wonder; Steely Dan; the Eagles or Sly & the Family Stone. Their hybrid of folk/rock/soul is alive and still growing, with many fans worldwide considering them the torchbearers of the Southern California sound.

Their newest release, the double disc CD “What Summer Brings,” debuted in the Top 10 of the national album charts in the Netherlands, and continues to win acclaim with fans and critics worldwide.

Venice’s trademarks are their harmonies, personal lyrics and high energy, communal shows.  Their performances garner them huge ovations and encores at virtually every show, from intimate theaters to sprawling festivals, from the US to Europe. And it’s earned them major record releases on Sony Records, Universal Records, Atlantic Records and Vanguard Records.

Their distinctive vocal sound and harmonies have allowed Venice and its members to perform and record with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, Cher, Don Henley, Ozzy Osborne, Billy Idol, Elton John, Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, America, Heart and the list goes on. 

The members of Venice spent most of 2010–2013 as the backing vocalists performing in the record-breaking worldwide tour of “Pink Floyd’s The Wall” with Roger Waters. Recently, Venice was invited to contribute a track to the 2014 CD “Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne,” joining such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Ben Harper and Lyle Lovett.

For over fifteen years, Venice has enjoyed a great level of success in the Netherlands, where their harmonies and musicality are considered a modern extension of what many Europeans call “West Coast Music.” Venice continues to cultivate their reputation overseas and abroad on a longstanding friendship with their audiences, where their post-show meet and greets can sometimes last nearly as long as their shows.

With the release of "What Summer Brings," Venice reaffirms that they are still at the top of their game, ready to evolve and expand to new territories, musically and globally.

The opening act for the show is Michael Tiernan. He has 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.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Michael Tiernan performs at 7:30 p.m. Venice perform at approximately 8:20 p.m.

Parking is free in the lot at Space Theater Way off Park Blvd. 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.

There will be beer, wine and cocktails available at the no-host bar, food available for purchase and the Fleet's 100+ hands-on exhibits open for exploration!

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase at the Fleet ticket counter (open daily starting at 10 a.m.), online at http://sandiego.strangertickets.com or by phone by calling the Fleet's Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x806. For more information, visit www.rhfleet.org.

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


Advance sales:

$27 general admission
$24 Fleet members, staff and volunteers

Day of show price:

$32 at the door, no discounts

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To schedule an interview or a media appearance, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or nyoung@rhfleet.org.

We can arrange interviews and live on-air performances by the bands involved in the shows.

More about Venice

Home page: http://www.venicetheband.com/

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP8XIjJ07hqHDdyx--1rVgg

More about Michael Tiernan

Home page: http://www.tiernantunes.com/

Bio: http://www.tiernantunes.com/#!story/c161y

Direct Song Links:  

"Inside Your Head - http://www.reverbnation.com/michaeltiernan/song/21682309-inside-your-head

"Run" - http://www.reverbnation.com/michaeltiernan/song/21374648-run

"Never Alone" - http://www.reverbnation.com/michaeltiernan/song/21682439-never-alone

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About Rock in the Park

The 2015 edition of our popular live concert series features five established local musical acts to entertain and engage. Musical genres include rock, country, blues, folk and soul to ensure that the concert series has something for everybody.

The lineup:

Friday, January 16: Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe

Friday, February 20: Venice

Friday, March 27: Earl Thomas

Friday, April 17: Berkley Hart Selis Twang

Friday, May 22: Steve Poltz

Plus special guest Michael Tiernan opens each show.

Each show features two performances: an awesome opening act and a rockin' headliner. There will also be beer, wine and cocktails available at the no-host bar, food available for purchase and the Fleet's 100+ hands-on exhibits open for exploration!

Doors open at 7 p.m. The first performance is at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free in the lot at Space Theater Way off Park Blvd. 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.


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.