Gardens & Villa at Cal Academy, by Jon Ching
Gardens & Villas (photo: Jon Ching)

Last night the California Academy of Sciences hosted another wonder-filled, dazzling evening of exploration, learning and intimate moments with creatures and organisms from around our planet. Though a weekly event, this Nite Life also kicked off the 24th year of the Noise Pop Festival with an intimate performance by Gardens & Villa in the stunning piazza of the Academy. The Santa Barbara band treated the science-loving crowd to an array of tempos and melodies, often with heartfelt sing-alongs.

Charismatic frontman Chris Lynch announced that the Academy was the coolest place they’ve ever played and toyed with the thought of doing a nation-wide museum tour. At first it struck me as a funny idea, but soon seemed brilliant. I secretly hope they really do make that tour a reality.