June’s Live Music Roundup For Benicia And Beyond

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The Red Elvises at The Rellik Tavern

If you are looking for things to do this summer, local live music heats up in June as temperatures inch upward. Whether it’s enjoyed outside or indoors, live music’s calling is as strong as ever. Check out our local live music scene below, at venues in Benicia and around the Bay, where options are plentiful. There are myriad genres to peruse, from rock to blues, acoustic folk tunes to open mic, and even symphony performances.

June also kicks off the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, an iconic 1960s moment that drew hundreds of thousands of youth to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury for music, peace and love. Vallejo’s Empress Theatre pays special tribute to that social phenomenon with its own festival that even features Big Brother and the Holding Company, sans the late Janis Joplin, of course. This is a band that grew out of the 60s SF folk scene that is still rocking.

Here’s a selection of what’s playing in Benicia, Vallejo and neighboring communities this month. Check the venue for last minute changes, additions and new bookings.



Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street, Vallejo

Lorin Rowan’s Deep Blue Jam

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration—5 Days of Music, Film & Love, June 6-10.

  • Film “The Sunshine Makers,” June 6, 5:30pm.  Event includes live music and discussions. Doors open 4:30pm. Reception music with Shakey Zimmerman and Jennifer Mydland.
  • Wednesday Night Live “Roots-Blues-Rock&Roll Show,” June 7, 8pm. Show includes Blyss Gould, Miz Dee, Dave Shul, Eamonn Flynn, Riki & Jenny Hendrix and Mike Skinner. Doors open 7pm.
  • Bluegrass Jam, June 8, 8pm.  Show includes Lorin Rowan’s Deep Blue Jam & Grateful Bluegrass Boys. Doors open at 7pm.
  • Concert with 60s rock bands, June 9, 8pm. Show includes Big Brother & The Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Doors open 7pm.
  • Concert with Barry “The Fish” Melton Band & Friends Nick Gravenites, Pete Albin, Ray Blumefneld, David Bennett Cohen, Joli Valenti, David Aguilar and Lester Chamber, June 10, 8pm. Doors open7pm.

Tickets: 5-Day Festival Pass: $75. Single Day Pass: $25. Film is free for Empress Theatre Film Club members.

Fairfield Center for Creative Arts Downtown Theatre
1035 West Texas Street, Fairfield
707.940.0700, ext. 1

  • USAF Band of the Golden West Clarinet Quartet, June 7, 7:30pm
  • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers with Alvon Johnson June 10, 8pm

Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre
1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville

  • Black Tie Annual Gala Concert with SMC Symphony Orchestra, June 4, 5pm
  • Alina’s Music Studio Invites Friends benefit for Waldorf-inspired school. Featured soloist Amy Rich, June 11, 2pm

Uptown Theatre
1350 Third Street, Napa

  • Y & T, June 2, 7:45pm
  • Los Lonely Boys, June 3, 8pm
  • The Wailin’ Jennys, June 4, 8pm
  • Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, June 15, 8pm
  • Richard Marx, An Acoustic Show, June 23, 8pm

Lucca Beer Garden
439 First Street, Benicia

Lucca Beer Garden

  • Bodhi Shrugs, June 1, 5:30-8pm
  • Duo Gadjo, June 2, 5:30-8pm
  • Doug Houser, June 3, 1:30-3:30pm               
  • Le Jazz Hot, June 3, 5:30-8pm           
  • Irish Music with Vince Wolfe, Lewis Santer & Friends, June 4, 2-5pm                   
  • Jeff Campitelli Project, June 8, 5:30-8pm                                          
  • Sin Silver and The Avenue, June 8, 5:30-8pm           
  • Ben Benkert, June 10, 1:30-3:30pm               
  • KillBillies, June 10, 5:30-8pm            
  • Unplugged Acoustic, Bruce Brophy & Paul Trombetta, June 11, 2-5pm      
  • Kicking the Mule, June 15, 5:30-8pm
  • Midnight Flyer, June 16, 5:30-8pm                          
  • Eric Eckstein, June 17, 1:30-3:30pm  
  • Wall of Blues, June 17, 5:30-8pm                  
  • Unplugged Acoustic, The Breedloves, June 18, 2-5pm                     
  • B3B4, June 22, 5:30-8pm                  
  • Don Bassey and Friends, June 23, 5:30-8pm            
  • Ben Benkert, 1:30-3:30pm                 
  • Dawdlers, June 24, 5:30-8pm            
  • Unplugged Acoustic, Shaana Keller, June 25, 2-5pm
  • Eric Eckstein, June 29, 5:30-8pm       
  • JimBoTrout, June 30, 5:30-8pm        

The Union Hotel Restaurant

  • Jazz Explosion, Thursday nights, 4-9pm  

Upstairs at the Café
First Street Café, 440 Fist Street, Benicia

  • Sara Rodenburg, June 3, 8pm
  • Tune Riders, June 4, 8pm
  • Open Mic Night, June 10, 7pm
  • Martha Groves Perry, June 16, 8pm
  • Open Mic Night, June 17, 7pm
  • Keith Alan Mitchell, June 23, 8pm
  • According to Bazooka, June 30, 8 pm

The Rellik Tavern
726 First Street

  • Kid Dynamite, June 2, 9pm
  • The Big Jangle, June 3, 9pm
  • The List, June 9, 9pm
  • The Lucky Losers, June 10, 9pm
  • C4inc, June 17, 9pm
  • Igor & Red Elvises Live, June 23, 9pm
  • Long Duck Dongs, June 24, 9pm

530 Main Street, Napa

  • Vintage High School Jazz Band, June 1, 7pm
  • David Luning, June 3, 8pm
  • Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill, June 7, 5pm
  • Syria T. Berry, June 8, 7pm
  • Stealin’ Chicago, June 10, 7 & 9:30pm
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio & Graham Dechter, June 11, 6:30pm

Concord Pavilion
2000 Kirker Pass Road

  • Kidz Bop “Best Time Ever” Tour, June 2, 7pm
  • Chicago & the Doobie Brothers, June 7, 7:30pm
  • Spirit West Coast Concert, June 11, 3pm
  • United We Rock Tour with Styx & REO Speedwagon, June 23, 7pm

Shoreline Amphitheater
One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

  • Dead and Company, June 3-4, 7pm
  • Boston with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, June 14, 7:30pm
  • Brad Paisley, June 17, 7:30pm

707 Marina Vista, Martinez

  • Lee Bob & The Truth, June 2, 8pm
  • Jinx Jones & The King Tones, June 3, 8 pm
  • Miss Lonely Hearts, June 4, 4 pm
  • Mighty Crows Band, June 9, 8 pm
  • Wendy Dewitt & Friends, June 10, 8 pm
  • Thomas Martin & Friends, June 11, 3pm
  • Soulful Security, June 13, 8 pm
  • Duo Gadjo & Friends, June 15, 8 pm
  • Wolf Hamlin & The Front Porch, June 16, 8 pm
  • The Ray Obiedo Group, June 17, 8 pm
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