It was a difficult task to try and top last year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival as the event took Panama City Beach by storm, filling hotel rooms and branding our great city with a favorable image. There was a lot of hype coming into 2010 and this years event not only lived up to the hype but could have very well been a better overall event than 2009. If you missed the show, you missed a something special.
On the heels of a rough spring break, loads of people from all over the Southeast filled Pier Park to the limit to join in on classy, exciting festivities. Talented acts like Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson, Jackiem Joyner, Ken Ford, Oli Silk, Steve Cole, Joey Sommerville, BK Jackson and many more gave Panama City Beach a show of smooth jazz while vendors sold artworks, music and collectibles. All across Panama City Beach, jazzy sounds filled the air and good, clean fun was had throughout the weekend.
The most amazing thing about the event, beyond the music, food and fun, was that only a few weeks prior Panama City Beach was jam-packed with students partying like mad. The city was able to transform from a spring break town into the perfect host of a very mature high-class event. Newspapers and the web were littered with stories about Panama City Beach: no fighting, no deaths, no arrests, just stories of a good time. It is that sentiment by which Panama City Beach’s future hinges. The tagline is, “real. fun. beach,” and Panama City Beach, if the Seabreeze Jazz Festival is any indication, is slowly becoming capable of hosting just about anything: a true one-stop-shop for all kinds of tropical fun.
I can just imagine what this event will be like when crowds from Baltimore, Houston and others can fly in and enjoy the world renowned artists taking the stage. The more events Panama City Beach can put on like this, the better for our economy and our future image.