Music has always been a vital part of the holiday season, and we are fortunate in Savannah that the December festivities showcase so much local talent, from the Savannah Philharmonic’s wildly popular Holiday Pops concerts to the upcoming Homegrown Holiday Hoedown, which is featured in this week’s Do.

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra gets into the swing of the holidays with a special event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Westin Savannah Harbor.

The 2018 Holiday Equinox Concert, Auction & Dinner also serves as a benefit for the Empty Stocking Fund.


Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson front the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, an 18-member ensemble that skillfully combines the Great American Songbook with a variety of other 20th century styles, including Motown, classic country and early rock.

Both Davis and Johnson, who have been friends since the seventh grade, moved to Savannah from Louisiana. Davis and his family made the move on the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.

The evening includes cocktails at 6 p.m., a three-course dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and music at 7 p.m.

At press time, the dinner tickets and reserved tables are selling fast, but general admission tickets that do not include dinner will also be sold.

This newspaper and the Savannah Harbor Foundation are also partners in the event.

Lovers of jazz and swing should also remember that Davis’ Equinox Trio performs each Sunday during brunch at the Westin’s Aqua Star, which features tremendous views across the Savannah River. Reservations ($49 for adults, $20 for children 5 to 12, free for children 4 and under) for that event are available via the restaurant website. 

The Savannah Morning News has supported the Empty Stocking Fund since 1971 and is partnering this year with the Savannah Community Foundation. Direct donations can be made via checks made payable to SCF – Empty Stocking Fund, 2225 Norwood Ave., Suite B, Savannah, Ga. 31406.

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