Lucca Beer Garden is Growing
Opening in 2016, Lucca Beer Garden was the brainchild of Jan Lucca, Sonya Battersby, and a few outside music lovers.
It was a hit right from the start. Beginning slowly, the Beer Garden attracted talented local musicians and a few big names. Now going into its 9th year, the venue has grown. Always attracting great crowds through the summer months, Jan decided to add tents with heating to protect the guests and artists through the winter months. He decided to go big. Lucca is picking up from where big cities previously held the monopoly, presenting five shows a week, across multiple genres, where all ages are welcome, and for no cover charge.
The foundation of each monthly schedule is three locally-based resident artists; the highly acclaimed bassist Don Bassey, longtime Joe Satriani drummer, Jeff Campitelli, and Tower of Power & Jefferson Starship guitarist Jeff Tamelier. Other acts are programmed to keep a wide range of musical styles, and to keep a balance between local favorites and some brand-new groups as well. Special events are also featured, such as St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and holiday shows. Some of last year’s one-off concerts included iconic jazz singer Jonathan Poretz’s highly acclaimed Frank Sinatra tribute with big band, Salsa Night with Mio Flores and Juan Escovedo, and the inaugural Lucca Beer Garden Guitar Festival.
The music lineup has broadened as well and includes Blues Music Award winners, Grammy Award winners and band members who belong to the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame. Lucca promises that its Guitar Festival will be back and bigger in 2024. And most importantly, Lucca strives to feature a variety of music, Rock, Blues, Country, Americana, Funk, Jazz, and more.
The expansion of both venue and music is due to owner Jan Lucca for investing in his community the way he always has.
He continues to advocate for a vibrant and thriving downtown area, and loves seeing people get out and enjoy what Benicia has to offer. Longtime General Manager Sonya Battersby expertly handles everything required behind the scenes with staff scheduling, ordering, and managing the huge task that has become Lucca Bar & Grill. Recently, Deb Gibbs and Chris Robinson of World Projects have taken on the task of music and band acquisition. Both are dedicated to this community.
Lucca Beer Garden is a magical space that exists right here in our own backyard. Great music, great food, drinks and comradery, and no cover charge. This is a space that thrives on the energy of its guests, so join us at Lucca, oh, and bring your dancing shoes!