From earthquakes to hurricanes to West Nile virus, the U.S. East Coast is having a rough week. Crisis-weary Easterners need a distraction, and funny celebrity earthquake tweets — as hilarious as some are — can't shoulder the burden alone.
So what else can help? In a word: mariachi. In two more words: dancing beluga.
As reported here last week, the Connecticut mariachi band Los Trovadores de America became world-famous this summer thanks to a YouTube video of them serenading a beluga whale at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. The video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times since it was uploaded in July.
And now, thanks to the video's popularity, the aquarium has invited Los Trovadores back for an encore this Thursday, Aug. 25. The concert will be part of a "Cocktails with the Whales" event from 6 to 9 p.m., which will also include another band, the Karl Kelly Trio, as well as a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Los Trovadores are scheduled to play from 7 to 7:15.
While Los Trovadores' serenading skills are now globally renowned, the real star of the YouTube video was Juno, a 9-year-old beluga who seems to genuinely enjoy mariachi music. Cocktails with the Whales is a 21-and-up event, but an exception will be made for the underage Juno (his two tankmates, Kela and Naku, are both triple his age).
Admission to the event is $5 per person, and the aquarium's website recommends making reservations. If you can't get to Mystic this week, take solace in knowing the concert will almost certainly be filmed and promptly uploaded to YouTube. In the meantime, you can watch the original video again below. (Maybe the aquarium will eventually bring back "music guy," too?)