Benicia’s ‘Play-Art’ Pianos Returning to First Street – Starting on Thurs., May 30 with a Special Performance!

A taste of the French Quarter in Benicia – Dueling Pianos to return to St. Paul’s Courtyard (bring your instruments!)

– Artist Josie Grant’s ‘Jungle’ piano, featuring a natural scene with lush plants and colorful animals, is returning to First Street with Hippo. | Photo by Will Stockton.

May 26, 2024

This Thursday, May 30th, at 5:30pm, Benicia’s Arts and Culture Commission will host a community event St. Paul’s courtyard to celebrate the seasonal return of its two popular play-art pianos, Hippo and Jungle.

Inspired by the lively, collaborative atmosphere of New Orleans and its French Quarter’s musical scene, the Arts and Culture Commission has invited local musicians and performers to participate in a “Dueling Pianos” experience that is sure to attract music lovers from all ages and backgrounds.

Local officials are expected to speak before the commission launches an open mic opportunity available throughout Benicia’s 2024 Play-Art Piano Season, during Benicia’s weekly Farmer’s Markets, on Thursday evenings.

Community members are encouraged to bring all types of instruments to join in the festivities this Thursday’s Farmer’s Market for a fun, inclusive and very vibrant musical experience.

Save the date, and see you there!