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Bastille Day Concert

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Come celebrate liberté, égalité, fraternité with the fabulous music ensemble Le Jazz Hot Quartet featuring band leader Paul Mehling (solo guitar, vocals), Evan Price (violin), Daniel Fabricant (string bass), and Jordan Samuels (rhythm guitar). Le Jazz Hot Quartet brings to the stage all the passion and sizzle of French Gypsy Jazz created by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt of the world famous Hot Club de France, Paris circa 1920. Dress up or down, or in tri-colour for this festive night of exuberant music in our historical 2nd floor library space. A happy hour will be held at 5:00 pm in the 4th floor meeting room!

The Bastille Day concert is part of Mechanics' Institute's 170th Anniversary Open House celebration.


Founded in 1854, Mechanics' Institute is celebrating its 170th anniversary with an all day activation of our historic library, events space, and chess room. All are welcome to explore this literary, arts, and cultural jewel of downtown San Francisco through building tours, scavenger hunts, and library pop-ups throughout the day. Special events include a family story hour, discussions with the leading voices of the Bay Area on the past, present, and future of San Francisco, and a Bastille Day jazz concert with Le Jazz Hot Quartet. The full open house schedule is available below.

Attendees are welcome to register for any and all of the events listed below. Please use individual ticket options to register for the events you would like to attend (Chess simul registration will be available on Jumbula). While we always welcome same-day and drop-in attendance, only tickets purchased prior to each event will guarantee admission. Mechanics' Institute members receive discounted tickets for all Open House events!

Open House Schedule

12:00 pm: Chess Simul with Grandmaster Sam Shankland (registration on Jumbula)

12:30 pm: Family Story Hour (no registration required)

1:00 pm: Therese Poletti - The Building (and Re-Building) of San Francisco

2:00 pm: Building Tour

3:00 pm: Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. and John King on the Past, Present, and Future of San Francisco

4:00 pm: Introductory Chess Lesson

5:00 pm: Happy Hour

6:00 pm: Bastille Day Jazz Concert with Le Jazz Hot Quartet