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Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 18-22

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  1. Teresa

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    Experience the "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz" at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® in Panama City Beach, Fl set for April 18th-22nd. Over 25 performances from top smooth jazz artists including BONEY JAMES, BRIAN CULBERTSON, EUGE GROOVE, RACHELLE FERRELL, PETER WHITE, GERALD ALBRIGHT, RICK BRAUN, NAJEE, NICK COLIONNE, JEFF LORBER, ERIC DARIUS, CINDY BRADLEY, VINCENT INGALA, CHRIS STANDRING and more. Add to that exciting "up-and-coming" artists including violinist DAMIEN ESCOBAR, #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz vocalist LINDSEY WEBSTER, and exciting saxophonist PHIL DENNY. And finally --mix in the some of your all-time favorites Grammy winning bands and performers including JEFFREY OSBORNE and PEABO BRYSON....and multi-platinum selling KOOL & the GANG, SPYRO GYRA, COMMODORES, and THE FAMILY STONE (celebrating their 50th Anniversary!)-- and you can...see this is going to be a smooth jazz party you don't want to miss!

    Finally -- a "jazz" festival with ACTUAL SMOOTH JAZZ and some of your all-time classics too!

    Order tickets now at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
    Or charge by phone at 877-987-6487.

    It's the perfect JAZZ ESCAPE for the true jazz fan! Plus a "celebration" your all-time favorites!

    Presented by ResortQuest By Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Visit Panama City Beach, Pier Park, ViaMedia, Wow Cable, Premium Outdoor, and 106.3 FM The Seabreeze Smooth Jazz.

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    Just added to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival®- #1 Billboard charting saxophonist and vocalist MICHAEL J. THOMAS !! Coming off of his #1 slot on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Singles Chart with the single "Baby Coffee" -- MICHAEL J. THOMAS is set to perform on Friday, April 20th in Panama City Beach, FL.

    No sophomore slump for contemporary jazz-pop artist Michael J. Thomas, who released his second album, “Driven,” on Thomas’ Harbor Breeze Records imprint. The ten-song set burst out of the gate jolted by a wave of national airplay for the first single, “Baby Coffee,” earning Billboard most-added honors in its debut week, rising all the way to #1, followed by an add at SiriusXM’s Watercolors, leading the saxophonist-vocalist to sign a distribution deal for the project with Perry Music Group/Sony Music. Baby Coffee charted NUMBER ONE on three charts including Billboard, USA Today (Mediabase), and Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler.

    Making his home in Seabreeze Radio's "hometown" of Destin, Florida -- MICHAEL J. THOMAS -- adds excitement, high vibe, and some "Emerald Coast Coolness" to the already star-studded lineup of talent. Micheal takes the stage Friday, April 20th at 2:50pm.

    Order tickets now at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

    Book the FOUR DAY PASS for the best value -- which includes all 22 performances.

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    Seabreeze Jazz Festival | Apr 18-22 | update

    weekend passes are sold out
    all VIP passes sold out
    Thursday general admission still available
    After parties sold out
    Free Sunday night after party at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville 11pm

    Don't miss KOOL & THE GANG coming to Panama City Beach on Thursday, April 19th at 8:30pm. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide -- this group has influenced the music of three generations with their blend of R & B, funk, pop, and jazz stylings. The Thursday evening lineup also includes RACHELLE FERRELL, SPYRO GYRA, NICK COLLIONE, and the URBAN JAZZ COALITION. Click here for tickets: Thursday Only GA -Seabreeze Jazz Festival - Thursday Single Day Pass - Tickets - Aaron Bessant Park - Panama City Beach, FL - April 19th, 2018

    Grammy Award Winners KOOL & THE GANG has performed continuously for the past 45 years -- longer than any R&B group in history. In fact, they have sold over 70 million albums worldwide-- thanks to songs like "Celebration", "Cherish", "Get Down On It", "Summer Madness", "Ladies Night" and "Open Sesame", they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums.

    Don't miss KOOL & THE GANG performing Thursday, April 19th at 8:30pm -- as part of our "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz". Come and "CELEBRATE" good times...with us!

    Click here for Kool & The Gang tickets: Thursday Only GA -Seabreeze Jazz Festival - Thursday Single Day Pass - Tickets - Aaron Bessant Park - Panama City Beach, FL - April 19th, 2018

    Tickets also available at Pier Park in Panama City Beach at FLORIDA HOUSE across from Old Navy.

    Click here to see the entire festival schedule:
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    Celebration is the theme as multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Kool & The Gang and the Commodores join smooth jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson, top-charting saxophonist Boney James, and legendary band Spyro Gyra for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

    The "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz" returns to Panama City Beach, Florida with over 25 stellar performances of top national contemporary jazz artists set for April 18th-22nd. Presented by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

    The event has become an annual celebration for jazz-minded adults where the allure of great beaches, exciting shopping, world-class restaurants along with a plethora of activities like golf and fishing, all combine for a true vacation getaway! Panama City Beach provides the perfect backdrop for the “ultimate” jazz beach weekend with the festival attracting attendees from all across the U.S. and over seven countries, plus also being named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine. Smooth jazz blowing gently in the coastal breezes is just one unique feature at one of the nation’s fastest growing “destination music festivals” on the Gulf Coast.

    Artists to perform in 2018 include:
    Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Kool & The Gang, Peter White, Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, The Commodores, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Jeffrey Osborne, Damien Escobar, Spyro Gyra, Richard Elliot, Cindy Bradley, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Rachelle Ferrell, Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson, Jr., Eric Darius, The Family Stone, Chris Standring, Keiko Matsui, Vincent Ingala, Lindsey Webster, Ben Tankard, Urban Jazz Coalition, Phil Denny, Michael J. Thomas, and Ragan Whiteside.

    Main performances will take place at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows and a CD Release Party at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at adjacent Pier Park. The festival weekend concludes with a free After Party celebration show at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Pier Park

    To further showcase the beauty of Panama City Beach, a Dinner and Lunch Smooth Jazz Cruise aboard “The Solaris” dinner yacht is set departing the Lighthouse Marina cruising picturesque St. Andrews Bay—each with a live jazz performance on board. Saxophonist Eric Darius will host the Dinner Cruise on Wednesday, April 18th with guitarist Nick Colionne hosting the Jazz Lunch Cruise on Thursday, April 19th.

    A CD Release Party is planned for Friday, April 20th at 11:30am featuring guitarist Chris Standring and the release of his new cd "Sunlight" including an intimate performance, insight on the new cd, and a Meet and Greet with fans.

    Smooth Jazz fans have a unique and intimate connection to the festival’s music and core artists base. The “smooth jazz lifestyle” is the secret to the success of The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® – where the R & B based smooth contemporary jazz literally creates a synergy for the whole weekend. The licks of the funky bass lines and pop-friendly musical hooks keep the crowds moving to the beat….almost like the tempo of the swaying palm trees around beautiful Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park, on the west end of Panama City Beach.

    Smooth jazz is the epitome of “The Good Life” – laid back yet upscale at the same time, relaxing and familiar as a pair of your most comfortable beach sandals. It’s this uniqueness that appeals to a upscale college-educated professional adult demographic, primarily a 35-55 year old audience with high amounts of discretionary income. Many economist call this very desirable demographic group “Alpha Baby Boomers” –attributing to the $14.2 million impact the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® besieges on the Northwest Florida economy.

    The event hosts close to 30,000 for the weekend, with a large percentage of fans traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles away to attend. 60% of the festival’s tickets are sold outside the State of Florida, making it a true destination festival. The alluring appeal of Pier Park and the new resort-style architecture along with west end of Panama City Beach beckons even the most cosmopolitan city-dweller to join in on the fun, and get their toes in the sands.

    The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® lineup is all about variety and milestones. Grammy Award winning headliners Kool & The Gang and The Commodores will amp up the party atmosphere with a true "celebration" -- together selling over 150 million records. This marks both band's first appearance at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Contemporary Jazz's legendary band Spyro Gyra has truly come full circle, returning to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® after performing at the inaugural event 20 years ago. Keyboardist Brian Culbertson is known as the event's "showstopper" with a slew of #1 smooth jazz hits and a top selling cd "Funk!". Brian is known for as a true entertainer and is sure to get the audience on their feet. Saxophonist Boney James is set to perform -- known as one of the top #1 hit makers on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. Vocalists Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson-- both accomplished with Top 10 charting music on both the R & B and Adult Contemporary charts -- bring a cool and romantic twist to the funky and fun smooth jazz vibe of the weekend. Trumpeter Rick Braun and saxman Richard Elliot bring the high energy performance that will get fans up on their feet--while Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Family Stone brings up back to the late 60's and early 70's performing the original funk/pop/R & B masterpieces that made Sly and the Family Stone international stars, and created the style of "bass guitar thumping" that transcended funk to rock, pop, and even jazz. And speaking of high energy -- Emmy Award winning violinist Damien Escobar makes his first appearance at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival®-- an internet sensation with over 750,000 Facebook Fans and selling out shows in London, New York, and all over the USA.

    Parking is free for General Admission at adjacent Pier Park.

    Seabreeze Jazz Festival 2018 is SOLD OUT except for Thursday only tickets...
    Tickets are available for single and multi-day admission. Thursday only tickets are $90 each, Friday only tickets are $100 each, Saturday only tickets are $120 each, and Sunday only tickets are $120 each. Patrons save money on multi-day tickets with a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday priced at $200, and the all-inclusive Four Day Pass $250 each for all performances Thursday through Sunday at the main stage.

    Main Festival Hours at Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater are as follows:
    Thursday, April 19th -- Gates Open At Noon/Show Starts at 1:30pm
    Friday, April 20th --- Gates Open at Noon/Show Starts at 1:30pm
    Saturday, April 21st -- Gates Open at 9:30am/Show Starts at 11am
    Sunday, April 22nd -- Gates Open at 9:30am/Show Starts at 11am
    Performances end at 10pm nightly.

    Seabreeze Jazz Festival® tickets are available by phone at 800-595-4849 or online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

    Presented by ResortQuest By Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Other sponsors include the Visit Panama City Beach, Pier Park, Wow Cable, ViaMedia, Premium Outdoor, Sterling Resorts, Counts-Oakes Resort Properties, Royal Amercian Beach Getaways, Epiphone Guitars, SoWal.com, and WSBZ The Seabreeze.

    ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the Presenting Sponsor of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and the Official Accommodation Provider for the event. Save 10% off 3 or more nights in any of our spacious condos and beach homes featuring ample amenities, so you can stay in style while enjoying good music with friends and family.

    Offer is valid on travel dates from April 16 through April 24, 2018, with a minimum stay of 3 nights. To take advantage of this special, call 877-238-1971 or book online usingPromo Code: SEABREEZE2018. wyndhamvacationrentals.com.

    For Festival information, call 850-267-3279, or visit http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
     
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    Excitement is building for our Seabreeze Jazz Festival 20th Anniversary Show. Here are some IMPORTANT ENTRY GUIDELINES to assure you have quick entry and a great time at the festival.

    *Plan to be there early. Make sure your JazzBand is on and you're ready for fun!

    *Only one bag and one chair per person is permitted. Clear bags are preferred as that will speed up entry. A single compartment backpack is acceptable as a bag. A small rain umbrella is also acceptable.

    *This year we have added enhanced security with WALK-THROUGH METAL DETECTORS. Please make sure to leave all metal objects in your car or hotel room--including pocket knives, any weapons (even those with CCW permits), or other metal items. This will streamline entry into the event. General Admission Entry will be divided into THREE LINES -- based on what you bring to the festival. LINE 1 will be our "Express Lane" for attendees with no bags, and the chair out of its bag. LINE 2 will be for attendees with CLEAR bags and their chair out of its bag. LINE 3 will be for attendees with bags. This line will take longer for entry so please be prepared for additional wait times.

    *Walk-Through Metal Detectors will also be in use at the VIP, Gold Reserve, and Handicap entrances.

    *GATE TIMES: Thursday April 19th and Friday April 20th -- the gates open at 12 Noon and the show will start at 1:30pm. Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd -- the gates open at 9am and the show will start at 11am.

    *Make sure to bring an empty sports bottle for free water fill ups inside.

    Please review our list of rules along with the accepted and prohibited items at https://bit.ly/2q8kJ.

    We are looking forward to an amazing weekend of smooth jazz as you help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

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