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Unplugged: Bastille Day celebrations, special jazz show up this weekend

  • Jody Espina will present “The Music of My Heroes” on July 16.

Unplugged: Bastille Day celebrations, special jazz show up this weekend

13 Jul 2017

Things may slow down around town in midsummer, but this weekend brings some eclectic offerings to the downtown scene. Elsewhere in this edition of Do, you can read about the zombie bar crawl benefit, Supersuckers’ appearance at The Jinx and a variety of other events.

This weekend also serves up a patriotic holiday with lots of blue, white and red.

From July 13-15, Circa 1875 at 48 Whitaker St. will celebrate a Moulin Rouge-themed Bastille Day with three nights of drink specials, a crepe station after 11 p.m. and surprise entertainment at midnight.

The Bastille Day celebrations also coincide with Circa’s 10th anniversary — the charming bar opened in 2007 and the attached restaurant opened in 2010. The Circa team is also behind the upcoming LaScala Ristorante at 119 E. 37th St.

Of course, 39 Rue de Jean will also be celebrating Bastille Day. From 5-10 p.m. July 14, the restaurant at 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. will have an extended happy hour with Louis Latour wines and other food and drink specials.

And if you’re looking for a special treat on a Sunday evening, you might want to check out the Coastal Jazz Association’s July concert.

Accompanied by a rhythm section, Savannah-based saxophonist Jody Espina will present “The Music of My Heroes,” which will include works by Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Stan Getz. The show is from 5-7 p.m. July 16 at the recently opened Benjamin M. Tucker Pavilion at the Club at Savannah Harbor on Hutchinson Island.

“The Music of My Heroes” is free for CJA members and students with valid IDs. Tickets for non-members ($20) will be available at the door.

As I have noted before in this space, you’ll find lighter crowds and easier parking at many summertime events in the downtown area. So it’s a good time to brave the heat and check out something new.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email