Win Two Weekend Passes to Seabreeze Jazz Festival!

April 4, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Every year the Seabreeze Jazz Festival gets bigger and better. This year the bar has risen with the addition of a new permanent stage at Aaron Bessant Park, at Pier Park in Panama City Beach.

Click here to enter to win a pair of weekend passes!
We're giving away multiple pairs of passes on April 10th - bonus entries for sharing. Passes are for Thursday through Sunday. Go all 4 days or give some days away to family or friends.

The popular festival combines the best in smooth jazz with devoted fans, beautiful white sand beaches, great shopping and dining, and good old Gulf Coast charm. It's become the most talked-about contemporary jazz festival in the US. 

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year with a tried and true formula of the top names in smooth jazz. It's been named "One of the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the USA" by JazzIZ Magazine, and "Top 100 Event in North America" by the North American Tour Bus Association. 
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A free Kick-Off Street Concert is planned for Thursday, April 18th from 1pm-3pm in the street in front of the Food Court at Pier Park.   Artists to perform include Brian Lenair, Margo Rey, The Peet Project, and the Motown Jazz Jam.  In addition, a free wine tasting will be offered of the new  Seabreeze Signature Wine Collection available exclusively for the 15th Anniversary event.

And as an added excitement for 2013, the City of Panama City Beach just completed the improvements to the performance area, including a new amphitheater stage with additional restrooms. The $2.4 million upgrade is part of monies provided by the Bay County Tourist Development Council resulting from fines paid by BP from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

The artists to perform for 2103 include Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power, Fourplay featuring Lalah Hathaway, Average White Band, Euge Groove, Peter White, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Steve Oliver, Tim Bowman, Ken Ford, DW3, Yancyy, Pamela Williams, Brian Lenair, Margo Rey, The Peet Project, Gail Jhonson, Joey Sommerville, Michael Ward, Eric Essix, Roman Street,  Althea Rene', Karen Briggs, Mariea Antoinette, Dave McMurray, Gwen Foxx, Raysee Biggs, Al McKenzie, and Paul Dozier.

And back by popular demand, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival Host for 2013 will be comedian Alonzo Bodden -- known for his specials on SHOWTIME® and his appearance on NBC-TV's Last Comic Standing.  Alonzo Bodden has recently hosted the Smooth Jazz Cruise to rave reviews as well.  

Wednesday April 17th Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise aboard The Lady Anderson
Treasure Island Marina, Panama City Beach, FL
Hosted by Brian Culbertson 7pm-10pm
(Boat boards at 6:30pm, sails at 7pm)

Thursday April 18th — Gates open at 5pm — Show at 6pm
6pm – Steve Oliver
7:15pm – Margo Rey
8:45pm – Boney James

Friday April 19th — Gates open at 5pm — Show at 6pm
6pm – Ken Ford
7:30pm – Tim Bowman
8:45pm – Fourplay (Bob James, Harvey Mason, Nathan East, and Chuck Loeb with special guest Layla Hathaway)

Smooth Jazz After Party — 10:30pm at Reggae J’s at Pier Park (buffet at 10:30pm/Show at 11pm) featuring Motown Jazz Jam — Hosted by Tim Bowman

Motor City’s top smooth jazz artists and session players create the ultimate jazz jam show. Artists confirmed include Dave McMurray, Althea Rene, Ron Otis, Rayse Biggs, Yancyy, Ron Otis, Al Mackenzie, Paul Dozier, Gwen Foxx, William Pope, Kali Douglas, and Kereem Warren.

Saturday April 20th — Gates at 10am — Show at 11am
11am Brian Lanair — (Seabreeze Rising Star)
12:30 DW3 — (Los Angeles based smooth jazz group)
2pm – Peter White and Euge Groove
4pm – Peet Project (Hungarian based jazz and funk – 1st USA show) (Seabreeze Hidden Gem)
6pm – Brian Culbertson
8pm – BwB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun)
After Party — 10:30pm at Reggae J’s at Pier Park featuring Brian Culbertson and special guests

Sunday April 21st — Gates at 10am — Show at 11am
11am – Roman Street
12 noon – The Southern Gentlemen featuring Joey Sommerville, Michael Ward, and Eric Essix
2pm – Yancyy (Seabreeze Rising Star)
4pm – Average White Band
6pm – Jazz In Pink featuring Pamela Williams, Athea Rene, Karen Briggs, Gail Jhonson, Mariea Antionette, and others
8pm – Tower of Power
See Live Music for a complete calendar of local music in and around South Walton.


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