Pier Park Concert Series – George Porter Jr & the Runnin' Pardners Play Tonight!

Only four more concerts scheduled as part of the Pier Park summer concert series 2010 – so be sure to catch tonight’s fantastic show! George Porter Jr is New Orleans’ premier bass player, and has performed with artists such as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson and Tori Amos. Continue reading “Pier Park Concert Series – George Porter Jr & the Runnin' Pardners Play Tonight!”

Pier Park Concert Series – Heritage Plays Tonight!

Looking for a fun way to spend this Thursday evening in Panama City Beach? Head to the Aaron Bessant Amphitheater for Pier Park’s free summer concert series, tonight featuring the upbeat sounds of Heritage! This popular Destin band provides a harmonious blend of reggae, island rock, funk and R & B – sure to lift your spirits and have you on your feet! Continue reading “Pier Park Concert Series – Heritage Plays Tonight!”

Remember Our Veterans on Independence Day

Sometimes, amid all the celebration, bar-b-ques and fireworks, we forget what July 4th is all about – declaring our independance from Great Britain and the establishment of the greatest country on earth.  With great cause we celebrate our freedom and liberties, and we are given a chance to come together with the one thing everyone in this country has in common – we live in the good ‘ol US of A.

Saturday, our Veterans will be remembered at the Veteran’s Memorial located in Aaron Bessant Park.  It will be a time to remember those that gave all they had to protect our freedoms and those that served our country.  The Veterans Memorial Ceremony will take place at 4 pm and will be honored by contributors such as Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst, Richard Jackson, and Mary Carmaichal.  Also expected is Panama City Beach’s former Mayor, Lee Sullivan and County commissioner Mike Thomas.

Chaplain Hickenlooper will give the invocation, Marsha Rockhill from teh Saint Andrew School will seing the National Anthem, and Cmdr John Duncan and the Sea Cadets will be the Color Guard.  The Military Order of the Purpole Heart is the wreath giver and will be presented to Debbie to place by Dan Laurita, the President of the Veteran’s Council.

There will also be a Tyndall flyover at 5 pm.

Pier Park Summer Concert Series Schedule

The 2010 Summer Concert Series Schedule has been announced.  Click here to view the schedule.

052509_pierpark_summer_concerts_smallDust off those ears and be sure to show up wax free for the summer concert series Thusday nights at Aaron Bessant Park at Pier Park in Panama City Beach.  The fourth year running, I’m always pleasantly surprised at the phenomenal turnout each week.

If you are looking for an awesome way to spend some outdoors time with your family, this is the place to go.  From 7 to 9 pm every Thursday, bands from Reggae to Blues to New Grass to R&B will be lighting up the stage and filling the air with sweet music.

The first of the twelve series shows will be on June 4th and carry through the summer to August 20th.  Don’t forget to bring your picnic blanket, picnic dinner and coolers!


De Lions of Jah – Raggae – June 4th

Eric Lindell – Blues/Rock – June 11th

Rollin in the Hay – New Grass – June 18th

Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers) – R&B/Rock – June 25th

The Lee Griffin Band – R&B/Rock – July 2nd

PBS – New Orleans Fund – July 9th

The Legendary JC’s – Soul/R&B – July 16th

King Cotton Blues Band – Blues – July 23rd

The Donnie Sundal Project – Variety – July 30th

Beachmice – Eclectic Acoustic – August 6th

Heat and the Zydeco Gents – Zydeco – August 13th

Geneva – 80’s Rock –

Seabreeze Jazz Festival 2009 at Pier Park

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is coming to Pier Park in April, bringing not only something new to our area because of Pier Park, but also a huge list of artists and a promise of a high-quality, entertaining weekend.

The weekend will start Thursday April 16th at 7 pm with a dinner Cruise with Alex Bugnon on board the Salaris dinner yacht from the Bay Point Marina.   Friday, gates open at 5 pm at the Pier Park Amphitheatre (aka, Aaron Bessant Park) with jazz to begin filling the air at 6 pm.  At 8:30 pm, an All-Star Jam will begin featuring various artists such as Nick Colionne, Shilts, and Four 80 East.

The festival will continue Saturday morning at 9 am and continue with food and jazz all day long.

The general admission cost each day is $80 per person with a weekend pass being sold ad $130 per person.  The VIP pass is $375 per person and includes all performances all weekend, on-site VIP parking, early admission, covered seating with closeup view of performances, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday with evening food included Friday through Sunday – oh, and the VIP tickets are sold out, according to the website.  If you want to eat on the Solaris, tickets are $135 per person.

Full event details:

General Admission Each Day: $80 per person
Weekend Pass: $130 per person
VIP Weekend Pass: $375 per person

Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19
(see attached schedule)

Pier Park – Amphitheater
600 Pier Park Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

2009 Seabreeze Jazz Festival Schedule
Pier Park Amphitheater Panama City Beach, FL
Presented By ResortQuest

Festival Host: Nick Colionne

Thursday, April 16

7 p.m.
Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise with Alex Bugnon
Presented by Marriott Bay Point Resort
Aboard The Solaris dinner yacht; boarding begins at 6 p.m. at the Bay Point Marina

Friday, April 17

(Gates open at 5 p.m.)

6 – 7:45 p.m.
Urban Jazz Coalition

8:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz All-Star Jam
Featuring Nick Colionne, Shilts, Four 80 East, Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak, Joyce Cooling, Nils, Alex, Bugnon, Eric Darius, Althea Rene, Jackiem Joyner and special guests

10:30 p.m.
Jazz Under the Stars Party
With Urban Jazz Coalition and friends
(Pier Park Special Club Location)
Sponsored by Smooth Lounge dot com

Saturday, April 18

(Gates open at 9 a.m. – VIP early entry at 8:30 a.m.)

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Althea Rene

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Eric Darius

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The Seabreeze Groove Project
Featuring Four 80 East, Shilts and Matt Marshak
Sponsored by Smooth Lounge dot com

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Joyce Cooling

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Will Downing

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wayman Tisdale

9:30 p.m.
Jazz Under the Stars Party
With Four 80 East, Shilts, Matt Marshak and friends
(Pier Park Special Club Location)
Sponsored by Smooth Lounge dot com

Sunday, April 19

(Gates open at 9 a.m. – VIP early entry at 8:30 a.m.)

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Jones and Company

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Roman Street

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Brian Simpson / Nils / Jackiem Joyner

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Warren Hill

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Nick Colionne

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Boney James