Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival

July 26, 2008 (Sat) - July 27, 2008 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

First Street Green, Benicia, California
90 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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Cost: $8.00

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Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival~ It's A Shore Thing!

The Benicia Main Street Program is pleased to invite you to the inaugural Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival ~ It's A Shore Thing! The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27th. This two-day fun-filled, family-friendly event features live jazz performances by top jazz musicians from the Bay Area and around the country, a juried fine art marketplace, delectable gourmet foods, refreshing wine and beer garden, and a children's art & activity alley. The venue will have seating as well as tables so there is no need to bring chairs. And with plenty of food and beverages available on site, there are no carry-ins allowed. The event also includes an Antique Wooden Boat Rendezvous and coincides with the North Bay Series; a premiere Bay Area sailboat event.

With the Carquinez Straits as the picturesque backdrop, the event is located in Historic Downtown Benicia along our beautiful waterfront promenade at the First Street Green. The event hours will be Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for Daily General Admission, $12 for a Weekend Pass, Children 12 and under free with accompanying paid adult, Seniors (65 and older) $4 Daily.

To ease parking congestion, the Benicia Breeze will provide shuttle service on Saturday from the Benicia High School parking lot to the corner of First Street and D Street. The shuttle will operate approximately every 20 minutes from 10:30AM -2:00PM and from 2:30PM until 6:30PM.

“We are thrilled about the overwhelming community support that we have received from groups and individuals who have stepped forward to help launch this great event.” said Nancy Martinez, Executive Director of Benicia Main Street, “With this inaugural celebration of the Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival we are excited about the opportunity to showcase not only the amazing slate of jazz performers and mix of local & regional artists, but our downtown as well”

Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to visit the unique shops and restaurants that are rolling out the welcome mat for what is sure to become a signature event for Benicia. According to Kathy Weber, Events Coordinator for Benicia Main Street, “First Street is the gateway to the Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival, and our local businesses are very enthusiastic! Numerous shops are featuring guest artists, special in-store events as well as live jazz performances!”

The Benicia Fine Art & Jazz Festival- It's A Shore Thing!

The slate of musicians includes:

Saturday, July 26th:

11:30-12:45 - The Lucas Pino Quartet, Sun City, Arizona

1:15-2:30 - Ray Obiedo and Mambo Caribe, San Leandro, CA

3:00-4:15 - The Mad & Eddie Duran Quartet, San Francisco, CA

4:45-6:00 - Walkup, Byrnes, McGee, Oakland, CA

6:30-8:00 The Babatunde Lea Quintet, Vallejo, CA

Sunday, July 27th

11:30-12:45 - Beep!, Oakland, CA

1:15-2:30 - Palindrome: The Bryan Girard/Graham Bruce Quintet, Vallejo, CA

3:00-4:15 - The Nina Sheldon Quartet, Woodstock, New York

4:45-6:00 - The Mimi Fox Trio, Vallejo, CA


11:30 AM --The Lucas Pino Quartet

Lucas is a prodigiously talented young saxophonist from New York. His playing is passionate and displays an uncanny degree of maturity with a ferocious command of the instrument and the jazz idiom. He will be joined by a rhythm section comprised of similarly talented young musicians; together they represent the future of jazz.

1:15 PM -- Ray Obiedo and Mambo Caribe

Guitarist Ray Obiedo is one of the contemporary jazz giants of the Bay Area, having performed all over the world with numerous legendary figures in music, including Herbie Hancock, Lou Rawls, Johnny Hammond Smith, George Duke and Mark Soskin. His current project, Mambo Caribe, is a group of top musicians who perform a delicious mix of Latin/Jazz/Fusion with an underlying rhythmic component that never fails to generate excitement.

3:00 PM -- The Mad & Eddie Duran Quartet

Mad & Eddie, sometimes referred to as "San Francisco's First Couple of Jazz", have been entertaining audiences around the Bay Area for decades, moreover, guitarist Eddie is a near-legendary figure who has played with some of the founding fathers and mothers--including Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Pearl Bailey and on and on. Saxophonist Mad has developed her own style and the two complement one another beautifully. Their sound is unmistakable--light and lyrical yet passionate and straight from the heart.

4:45 PM -- Walkup, Byrnes, McGee

A chance meeting at a mutual friend's party where David and Brian were playing and Cathi was invited to sit in, resulted in the chemistry which has become Walkup, Byrnes, McGee. While jazz is their common ground each draw from slightly different influences. David brings a Chicago blues flavor, Willie Dixon style, with tunes such as "Hoochie Coochie Man". Brian is a fan of Doo-Wop and is not opposed to doing some shuffle blues, Eric Clapton style, such as "Tore Down". Cathi supplies some spice with bebop and a little sweetness of the more sultry style blues tinged jazz, ala' Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar". All of them love the Brazilian stylings of Mr.. Jobim.

6:30 -- The Babatunde Lea Quintet

Percussionist Babatunde Lea has been thrilling audiences with his uniquely rhythmic style for decades and during that time he has performed and recorded with many of the biggest names in the jazz world. He has a slew of successful CDs in his own name and was recently named one of the top ten up-and-coming percussionists by Downbeat Magazine. His extraordinary quintet will close out the day with some of the most exciting and moving music you will ever experience.


11:30 AM -- Beep!

Beep! is a musical collective comprised of pianist Michael Coleman, bassist Nate Brenner and drummer Sam Ospovat. Their music is based on the concepts of group interplay, free improvisation, original composition and orchestration in a piano trio setting. Though rooted in the jazz piano trio tradition of Bill Evans and Paul Bley, Beep! is influenced by a wide range of styles. From modern pop rock to Romantic-era composers to American folk music, Beep! borrows and reinvents with humor, energy and a focus on spontaneity.

1:15 PM -- Palindrome: The Bryan Girard/Graham Bruce Quintet

This music, almost all original, is penned by members of the band. All of it is unique, powerful and definitely challenging for both the audience and the musicians, Quirky, edgy, whimsical...these are all terms that have been applied to the music of Palindrome.

3:00 PM -- The Nina Sheldon Quartet

Nina Sheldon is a world-class pianist and singer with an extraordinary pedigree. She led a quartet opposite Kenny Clarke at the Blue Note in Paris and the house band at the Village Gate in New York. She has performed twice at the Newport Jazz Festival and played with many notable jazz artists, including Sonny Stitt, George Coleman, Eddie Gomez and Dave Liebman. We are fortunate indeed to welcome her here from her home in upstate New York.

4:45 PM -- The Mimi Fox Trio

Vallejo's own Mimi Fox is a monster guitarist who tours the globe almost continuously, heading up her own group comprised of top-ranked musicians. She has been named a poll winner by Downbeat Magazine for five consecutive years and is truly one of the world's leading jazz guitarists. With a slew of successful CDs to her name, Mimi has risen to the highest echelon and regularly performs with such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Joey DeFrancesco, Billy Hart, Charlie Hunter, Stanley Jordan and a great many others. Mimi closes out the festival with her burning, take-no-prisoners style--in short, she'll bring the house down.

For more information about the event please contact Benicia Main Street at (707) 745-9791 or visit