San Diego, CA—December 20, 2013— The Fleet is ready to ROCK in the PARK with our first-ever live concert series! Concerts will be held on select Friday nights in January, February and March 2014. Each show features two performances: an awesome opening act and a rockin' headliner, food by The French Gourmet for purchase; beer, wine and cocktails available at the no-host bar; and the Fleet's 100+ hands-on exhibits open for exploration, including GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World. Doors open at 7PM for all shows. 21+ only; IDs will be checked at the door.


Here’s the concert lineup!


Friday, January 17: Common Sense with special guest Michael Tiernan

When it comes to reggae-rock with a southern California vibe, Common Sense stands alone. They've created their own style. And if you’re ready to have a good time, Common Sense is ready to accommodate. Reggae guitar is the best way to kick off the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Rock in the Park concert series!


Friday, February 7: Paul Cannon with special guest Michael Tiernan

He's homegrown, and he’s the real deal. Paul Cannon brings a cool, peaceful vibe that will have you grooving along with your friends like you’re at a bonfire on a San Diego beach. His song "Homegrown" was the most played song by any local artist in San Diego last year, and it was even chosen by the San Diego Padres as a theme song for the home team. Paul Cannon and his band deliver guitar-driven melodies and catchy lyrical hooks that will have you singing along.


Friday, February 21: To Be Announced


Friday, March 7: Venice with special guest Michael Tiernan

You can't leave a concert by Venice without saying WOW. In an age of "auto-tuned superstars," these four vocalists blend perfect harmonies. There is no musical style beyond their range. How good are they? Ask Roger Waters of Pink Floyd—the guys just finished touring with him as his backing vocalists for The Wall Live tour. Venice will bring a hugely diverse playlist to Rock in the Park! 


Friday, March 21: A Very Special Performer with guest Michael Tiernan

We’re dying to tell you who’s going to close out the Rock in the Park series, but we can’t announce his name just yet. Trust us … it’s worth the wait. You know him, you love him, he’ll rock you. Stay tuned. We’ll be able to share the secret in February.


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.


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 7PM, Michael Tiernan performs at 7:30PM, headliners perform at approximately 8:20PM. Come early, get your hands on fun science exhibits, grab a bite to eat, get a beverage and we will rock you!


Tickets are $25 general admission, in advance; $22 for Fleet members, staff and volunteers; $30 at the door. Space is limited. Tickets are on sale now online through Eventbrite at; in person at the Fleet ticket counter, open at 10AM daily; or by phone by calling the Fleet’s Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x 806. For more information, visit or call (619) 238-1233.



Crank science up to 11 this winter with the West Coast premiere of GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World! Experience the guitar through 60 instruments, nearly 100 artifacts and 15 incredible interactive exhibits. Watch the three-minute video The Physics of Rock Guitar, created by Dr. Mark Lewney, and learn how distortion effects are created by manipulating sound waves. Explore the inner workings of an electric guitar, flip switches and turn knobs in the hands-on exhibit “Inside an Electric Guitar” and dive into the vast history and evolution of the world’s greatest instrument … the guitar! GUITAR celebrates all music—from classical to heavy metal.  In this electrifying exhibition, you can become a functioning part of a guitar pickup by generating electromagnetic energy; feel, strum and hear the different materials used to make guitar strings; and play the World’s Largest Guitar. Certified by Guinness World Records, this Flying V guitar is measured at 43.5 feet long and 16 feet wide!


The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Gallery admission, which includes access to all eight exhibit galleries: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11. The Fleet’s regular hours are Monday–Thursday: 10AM–5PM, Friday–Sunday: 10AM–6PM. Holiday hours, Thursday, December 26–Sunday, January 5 are 10AM–7PM, with special holiday engagements of concert films Country Music: The Spirit of America at 6PM and Rolling Stones to the MAX at 7PM. For more information, call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at