• NightLife LIVE performers in the West Garden, 2023.
  • NightLife Remix West Garden stage, 2023.
  • Mellow Sessions at the Philippine Coral Reef, Steinhart Aquarium.
  • NightLife festival goers, 2023.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 27, 2024) — This summer the California Academy of Sciences is bringing live music to Golden Gate Park with a new genre-spanning music festival: NightLife Remix. The four-part concert series includes live outdoor music performances from some of the hottest acts from the West Coast, New York, and Mexico on August 1, August 8, August 15, and August 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The music festival’s 2024 lineup includes headlining acts LaRussell, Margaritas Podridas, MURS, and Madison McFerrin performing live on the open-air West Garden stage, with opening acts 3LH, Fauxes, Z-Man, and Dani Offline. Inside the museum, some of the Bay Area’s most sought-after DJ crews amplify the vibe, including Family Not a Group Collective, Vitamin1000, CUFFIN’ All Thangs, and Soulovely.

Mellow Sessions brings their signature intimate concerts to the Philippine Coral Reef each Thursday evening, featuring jazz-fusion performances in the moody aquarium where guests can zone out and groove to the tunes while watching the colorful, calming creatures in one of the world’s largest indoor coral reefs.

“NightLife Remix is a love letter to music and community, featuring established legends and groundbreaking new voices. It’s a sophisticated take on summer music festivals—instead of mud and porta-potties, there’s an indoor rainforest and a mesmerizing coral reef,” says NightLife Brand Manager Anacron Allen. “Not only does the series offer a unique, affordable, convenient festival experience, but it also champions local artists and business and contributes to the cultural revitalization of the great city of San Francisco.”

Each NightLife Remix event will also include specially-curated markets featuring local vendors, artists, and makers, curated in collaboration with Bay Area-based retailers In The Black, OK Marketplace, MOMENT, and SJMADE. Festival-goers can flex their own vocal skills in the East Garden at a live karaoke lounge presented by KALW from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Browse a pop-up record shop from the Haight’s famed Amoeba Music on August 1, and catch a special performance by the Urban Jazz Dance Company featuring Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival performers on August 8.

For the first time, NightLife is offering ticket bundles for savings when attending multiple events. Beginning in July, guests can save up to 30% by purchasing tickets to any three NightLife Remix events for a flat rate of $60 (available until August 1).

The 2024 NightLife: Remix series is co-presented by Amoeba Music, KALW, Local Motion® Vodka Sodas, Mellow Sessions, and Noise Pop.



August 1

Headliner LaRussell (8:30pm)
Vallejo-based artist LaRussell is a rising star in the Bay Area rap scene. Influenced by artists including 2Pac, Nas, and J. Cole, LaRussell has a knack for simplifying the most complex experiences and making them feel relative to the listener. Since his 2018 debut project, The Field Effect, he has released more than 30 albums through a direct-to-consumer approach that allows fans to pay what they can for shows, merch, music, and other commodities.

with opener 3LH (7:30pm)
Taking inspiration from 60’s surf, fuzz, and punk, Orange County’s 3LH combine the reverb-filled tones of guitar virtuosos like Link Wray and The Kinks with the modern garage punk sounds of acts like The Growlers, The Frights, and Tijuana Panthers.

DJ set by 17-member artist collective Family Not a Group (6-10pm)
Mellow Sessions presents jazz saxophonist Kazemde George (7-9pm)

Browse local goods from Bay Area vendors, artists, and makers curated by NightLife Program Manager Lin Kung.


August 8

Headliner Margaritas Podridas (8:30pm)
Grunge punk and shoegaze band Margaritas Podridas was born out of admiration for the underground rock landscape of the ‘90s. Hailing from Hermosillo, Mexico, the quartet recalls the confrontational idealism of their musical forebears, evidenced in their underage scene-building efforts in their hometown and their penchant for giving the middle finger to sexism in both the music industry and the broader world through their lyrics.

with opener Fauxes (7:30pm)
Drawing inspiration from the rebellious attitude of early rock giants, San Francisco-based garage rock band Fauxes embodies the genre through catchy melodies, intense guitar riffs, and passionate vocals.

DJ set by 12-member crew Vitamin1000 (6-10pm)
Mellow Sessions presents classical jazz musician and composer Steven Lugerner (7-10pm)
Special performance by the Urban Jazz Dance Company featuring Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival performers (7:30pm)

Stroll through a pop-up marketplace curated by local favorite OK Marketplace and stock up on vintage clothing and nostalgic pop culture items from Bay Area artists and makers.


August 15

Headliner MURS (8:30pm)
With nearly 40 solo and collaborative releases, underground rap pioneer MURS is a beacon of self-made success. The LA native’s early work with hip hop group 3 Melancholy Gypsys and supergroup Living Legends paved the way for his critically acclaimed catalog of work, including MURS 3:16: The 9th Edition and Love & Rockets Vol 2: The Declaration. He has collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, will.i.am, DJ Quik, E-40, and more, and in 2016 he set a Guinness World Record with a 24-hour live rap marathon on Twitch.

with opener Z-Man (7:30pm)
Z-Man is a multifaceted underground hip-hop artist and painter hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Renowned for his distinctive voice in the hip-hop genre, Z-Man has an impressive repertoire of full-length studio albums, many of which are self-recorded and released, showcasing his commitment to his craft and his independence in the music scene.

DJ set by CUFFIN’ All Thangs R&B Party SF (6-10pm)
Mellow Sessions presents string quartet Friction Quartet (7-9pm)

Add to your vinyl collection with a pop-up record shop from Amoeba Music. Plus, browse local Black-led marketplace In The Black for specially curated clothing, accessories, beauty, and home goods from trendsetting Bay Area designers.


August 22

Headliner Madison McFerrin (8:30pm)
Independent artist and musician Madison McFerrin’s distinct vocal style draws on inspiration from R&B, pop, soul, and jazz, with meticulously layered stylings of a capella and self-harmonizing. Daughter of 10-time Grammy award-winning jazz musician Bobby McFerrin, her genre-bending work has been dubbed “soul-appella” by artist and collaborator Questlove, while AdHoc described her sound as “an oasis of serenity”. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s 2023 debut album I Hope You Can Forgive Me represents an evolution in her career as she found ways to improvise and self-produce in the midst of an ever-changing global pandemic landscape.

with opener Dani Offline (7:30pm)
Oakland-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dani Offline combines jazz and R&B sounds to craft a soulful palette for her poetic lyricism. Her latest EP, Mirror, was entirely self-produced and recorded from her bedroom and was recently featured by KQED, The FADER, and Earmilk.

DJ sets by Soulovely, Lady Ryan, and more (6-10pm)
Mellow Sessions presents acoustic Afro-Cuban trio Changüí Academy (7-9pm)

Shop small from a selection of local vendors handpicked by pop-up curators MOMENT and SJMADE.

NightLife Basics
  • What: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (for adults ages 21+), featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and drinks available for purchase
  • When: Thursday nights, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • Tickets: http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife
  • Price range: $20-30 per event; discounted multi-date ticket bundles available here
  • Images and comp tickets: Press images available for download. Complimentary event access available for media upon request.

Press Contact: Megan Ely, mely@calacademy.org

About the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution with a mission to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement—all under one living roof. Museum hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday. Admission includes all exhibits, programs, and shows. For daily ticket prices, please visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000 for more information

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