I have a warm spot in my heart for Benicia these days, primarily because one of my sons now calls it home.
The city’s center, which runs downhill to the Carquinez Strait, hosts a comfortable blend of businesses catering to locals and visitors. For the literary minded, Benicia’s Jack London associations are readily available and pets are welcome there like you wouldn’t believe. Also it’s tough to beat those sunsets over the water.
This month, I have another reason to visit Benicia, particularly if I want to close out the weekend in style.
The First Street Café is among the most appealing spots in downtown Benicia, just a block or two from the water, and this month is presenting a Sunday afternoon jazz series. The music runs 2-5 p.m. and the setting and lineup promise an ideal way to mellow out with friends over jazz, food and wine. Sounds like the very description of the Northern California good life.
This Sunday, it’s the Bryan Girard Quartet featuring Wayne Fettig, Bill Lanphier and Mick Mestek, who return on the 25th with Bill Belasco sitting in for Mestek. On the 18th, check out vocalist Jennifer Lee and guitarist Robin Lewis. And say hello to my boy if you see him.
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