Seabreeze Jazz Festival Announces 2013 Jazz Fest Lineup

Every year the Seabreeze Jazz Festival brings smooth tunes with sea breeze to Northwest Florida provided by renowned artists and classy performances. In the past we’ve had artists like George Benson, Brian Culbertson and Eric Darius and this year’s lineup promises to be as entertaining as ever.

This year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be held at the newly completed Aaron Bessant Park Ampitheater (which looks amazing) April 17 – 21, 2013.

Tickets can be bought by visiting

Here’s the lineup.

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
(Presented by Smooth

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 20st — 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 (Hugarian 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 (Presented by

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, Maria Antionette, and others

8pm – Tower of Power


2011 Seabreeze Jazz Fest Stats

Year over year, since the Jazz Fest has come to Panama City Beach, the event has grown and drawn a sophisticated audience to the beach.  Many of the attendees upon their first event, had never been here before.  And many have a pattern of returning every year and at other times of year as well.

We recently had a discussion with Mark and Renee Carter, the event promoters, about the growth and success of the event.

  • Festival attendance topped 25,000 (includes dinner cruise, Meet- and Greet, Kick off concert, and all shows at Pier Park)
  • Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine
  • Named “Top 100 Event by the North American Tour Bus Association”
  • Demographic is 30-54 years old affluent adults, college-educated, professionals earning $100,000+ annually. Many attendees earn in excess of $250,000+.
  • 65% of tickets sold were outside the State of FL.
  • Most stay on an average of 4 nights.
  • Resorts such as Sterling and Resort Quest have tracked jazz festival attendees returning multiple times per year on vacation after the jazz festival is done.
  • The 2011 event created a $14.2 million impact to Panama City Beach and Bay County according to the HAAS Center at the University of West Florida Small Business Developmental Center.
  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival was #1 ticketed paid event in Bay County for 2011 in gross receipts and top gross receipts for a single event ( with close to $1 million in ticket sales.
  • In 2011 — tickets were sold in 48 of the 50 states in the USA and 6 different countries.
  • Over 1 million hits to the festival website April 2011.
  • Music Scholarships, jazz band clinics, and instrument purchases were incorporated into the 2011 event with participating from Arnold High School in PCB and South Walton High School in Santa Rosa Beach.
  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival always offers free admissions to all local band students who wear their band shirt to the front gates.
  • WSBZ-FM 106.3 in Destin, FL is one of only 12 full-time smooth jazz radio stations in the USA.
Two ways to get free tickets

You want to know something awesome?  We’ve worked out a special deal to do a ticket giveaway and offer some free tickets to those that book their stay through us as well.

We’re going to do a ticket giveaway later this week, where we’ll give away 2 four-day passes to one lucky winner!  This is a $400 value!

Keep your eyes peeled!

Full Event Schedule for the 2012 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is coming up in a few short weeks, can you hear those sweet tunes yet?  I sure can.  In years past, we’ve attended this amazing event, shot tons of fun pictures and brushed shoulders with the best in the Jazz.  This year will be the same, and we’re looking forward to good weather, a great lineup and an amazing weekend.

Full schedule of events

Wednesday April 18th

  • SMOOTH JAZZ DINNER CRUISE presented by ResortQuest featuring Brian Culbertson
  • The Lady Anderson Dinner Yacht, Panama City Beach
  • 6:30pm Boarding
  • 7pm-10pm – Sailing the waterways

Thursday April 19th – 3pm FREE EVENT

  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival Kickoff Party
  • Featuring Urban Jazz Coalition and Friends
  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Pier Park – Panama City Beach, FL

Main Stage — Pier Park Amphitheater

  • (Gates open at 5 pm)
  • 6PM – The Seabreeze Groove Project” featuring Four 80 East, Matt Marshak, and Shilts
  • 8PM – “R n R” featuring Richard Elliot and Rick Bruan

Friday  April 20th

Main Stage — Pier Park Amphitheater

  • (Gates open at 5 pm)
  • 6PM Vincent Ingala and Chris Geith  (Seabreeze Rising Stars)
  • 7:15pm Urban Jazz Coalition
  • 8:30pm Brian Culbertson

After Party

  • 10:30pm Seabreeze After Party Jam – hosted by Nick Collione
  • Reggae J’s at Pier Park sponsored by Smooth

Saturday April 21st

Main Stage — Pier Park Amphitheater

  • (Gates open at 10 am)
  • 11:30am Down To The Bone
  • 1:30pm Jazz In Pink featuring Cindy Bradley, Althea Rene, Karen Briggs, Gail Jhonson, Mariea Antoninette, and others
  • 3:30pm Nick Colionne
  • 5:30pm Seabreeze Smooth Jazz All Stars featuring Eric Darius, Brian Simpson, Maysa, and Phil Perry
  • 8PM Fourplay

After Party

  • 10:30pm Seabreeze After Party Jam – hosted by Brian Culbertson
  • Reggae J’s at Pier Park sponsored by Smooth

Sunday April 22nd

Main Stage — Pier Park Amphitheater

  • (Gates open at 10 am)
  • 11:30am Alexander Zonjic and Jeff Lorber
  • 1pm Street Corner Renaissance
  • 2pm Mindi Abair featuring Jeff Golub and David Pack
  • 4pm Trombone Shorty
  • 6pm Dave Koz
Ticket pricing and where to buy


  • Seabreeze Jazz Dinner Cruise — $145 per person SOLD OUT
  • Four day pass — $200 per person
  • Three day pass — $150 per person
  • Single day pass — $80 per person
  • VIP four day pass — $575 per person SOLD OUT
  • VIP four day reserved table for 10 — $7000 per table

Chair Rental

  • All weekend — $45
  • Single day — $15
For more information about the tickets, what you get for the price and where to buy, visit

The festival promoters have said that no coolers are allowed, just a small, personal insulated tote no more than 12 inches high.  They’ve stated that no alcohol is permitted and attendees have their chairs out of their bags upon entry.

Bonus – Pictures from last year

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival Offers a Holiday Discount

Many have already expressed excitement for the annual Seabreeze Jazz Fesitval coming April 18th-22nd, 2012.  The festival has offered a short-term sale on tickets!  Make sure to buy yours before December 15th, 2011 and you’ll save up to $100!

If you buy a weekend pass or a four-day pass, you will receive the second pass at half-price!  Order your tickets online before December 15th and make sure to enter the promotional code “Holiday 2011.”  They are sending tickets out via Priority Mail, ensuring arrival before Christmas!


Seabreeze Jazz Festival [PICS]

Click here for a full schedule of the 2012 Seabreeze Jazz Festival! 

Wow, what a fantastic weekend.  The Seabreeze Jazz Festival was clearly more packed this year than it has ever been.  Crowds extended past the perimeter sidewalk and “into the forest.”  With artists from Bryan Culberson, Euge Groove and Eric Darius, the weekend was rocking, smoothing, and grooving and could be heard from miles away.

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2 More 4-Day Seabreeze Jazz Fest Tickets [GIVEAWAY]

Alright, we’re doing something different this time.  We just did one giveaway here on PCBDaily where we awarded 4 four-day Seabreeze Jazz Festival tickets to Dianne (congrats Dianne).  Now we’re giving away two more 4-day tickets.  This time we’re doing it on Twitter.

In order to enter to win the two 4-day tickets to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival that’s happening at Aaron Bessant Park adjacent to Pier Park April 14th through the 17th all you have to do is retweet our tweet:

Retweet to win – Four FREE 4-Day Seabreeze Jazz Fest Tickets from #jazz

Everything you see above must be present in order to be considered an entrant.

Or, if you like, we’ve made this super easy and convenient for you.  Just click the button below and follow the instructions.

If you don’t follow us on Twitter, you should!

If you don’t know how to use Twitter or what it is, then this contest probably isn’t for you.

Here is more details about the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

Here are the rules.

  • An entrant is defined as someone who retweets the above tweet, verbatim.
  • Contest begins when this post is published and ends on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 1 p.m. CST.
  • We will be doing the drawing regardless of how many people enter.
  • A winner will be chosen at random.  There will be 1 winner total.
  • If you are selected and you do not respond to us notifying you of winning 48 hours of the contest ending, then we reserve the right to either keep the prize for another giveaway in the future or award the prize to another entrant.
  • This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental United States.
  • Read full rules here.

4 FREE Four Day Passes to Seabreeze Jazz Festival

My good friend, Giveaways, it’s been too long.  BUT alas, we’re doing one today, er, we’re starting one today.

The prize?  4 four day general admission tickets to the 2011 Seabreeze Jazz Festival – each ticket is worth $200, so this is a total prize value of $800!  We’re crazy, we know.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is coming up April 14th and we have our grubby mits on four 4-day passes to it that we’re giving away.  Just to be clear, this is 4 FOUR-DAY general admission tickets.  Each one is worth $200 a piece, making the total prize value $800!

Here’s what you have to do to enter:

Comment below telling us what your favorite thing to do in Panama City Beach is – other than come to spectacular Jazz Festivals.

We’ll pick a winner at random next Thursday giving you enough time to make arrangements to come down to the beach.

Here are the official rules.

  • Each entrant can enter once and only once (we can verify this by ip AND cookies) and must use a valid first name and email address.
  • Contest begins when this post is published and ends on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1 p.m. CST.
  • We will be doing the drawing regardless of how many people enter.
  • A winner will be chosen at random.  There will be 1 winner total.
  • By entering you are opting in to receive future newsletters and emails from pcbdaily and CYber SYtes and you are opening yourself up to the greatest resource for news and information Panama City Beach has to offer.
  • If you are selected and you do not respond to our email notifying you of winning 48 hours of the contest ending, then we reserve the right to either keep the prize for another giveaway in the future or award the prize to another entrant.
  • This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental United States.
  • Read full rules here.


Seabreeze Jazz Festival 2011 Lineup

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is right around the corner and we’ve got the full lineup and schedule right here.   This is the third year that it’ll be held at Aaron Bessant Park in Pier Park and is set up to be the biggest year ever.

We’re also giving away 4 FOUR day general admission tickets, stay tuned for the link where you can sign up.

Check after the break for the full lineup.

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TDC Meeting Agenda for Tuesday

On this week’s Tourist Development Council agenda, the discussion is outlined for a few exciting events of the past and of the near future.  They will hear a report from Rober Parrish, from the successful Emerald Coast Cruizin Event and an update on the progress of the planning of this year’s spring-time Sea Breeze Jazz Festival that will be held at Aaron Bessant Park at Pier Park.  Last year’s Jass Festival was immensely successful in light of its new venue.  They will also hear a presentation from Fahlgren on Creative Concept.

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Seabreeze Jazz Festival A Swinging Success

An amber sun sets on Panama City Beach and I watch two couples, vacationers from Mobile, Alabama, dance amid hundreds of others in the Seabreeze Jazz Festival attendance. It is their second day at the event and the energy from the first day hasn’t waned at all. Around them, vendor booths selling artwork, food, wine and music make a halo around the Pier Park’s outdoor amphitheater. Creamy jazz rhythms saturate the air. From where I stand, the couples are having a wonderful time, as is everyone else. Reluctant to interrupt their fun, I stopped and asked them what they thought about the festival. One of the husbands, still dancing, shouted back to me, “Ya’ll should do this kind of stuff more often. This is the most fun I’ve ever had in Panama City.”
Nick Colionne at the 2009 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Pier Park Panama City Beach from Jason Koertge on Vimeo.

That was the scene at this weekend’s Seabreeze Jazz festival held at Pier Park. If you missed this it, you missed on heck of an event. The place was packed, the food was delicious and the music intoxicated everyone in the amphitheater. Hosted by internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne, the event featured some of the most skilled jazz musicians in the world. The likes of Eric Darius, Boney James, Wayman Tisdale, Will Downing, Althea Rene, Warren Hill, Joyce Cooling and others hit Panama City Beach like a silk-covered bomb. From the start of the event until the end the music was just outstanding; without doubt the best you’ll ever hear live in one sitting. Singers, Guitarists, Saxophonists, Fluotists–you name it, they rocked it. The attendance was stratospheric; not an empty patch of grass anywhere. And best of all, the artists loved being on Panama City Beach.

“The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is at the top of my list because the people here are so receptive; they come out to hear the music,” said Nick Colionne, “The people here are beautiful, everyone has been so nice to all the artists.  I look forward to coming back next year.”

So the question remains, was the Seabreeze Jazz Festival a success? Well, that depends on the lens with which you view success. If you view success by sheer number of people, then the Seabreeze Jazz Festival was a smashing success. Pier Park had no parking, which is quite a statement being that Simon works hard on providing that service so close to the shore. People were everywhere; in the amphitheater, around the mall, in the streets—everywhere!

If you judge success by the festival’s economic impact, well, by that standard, the event was a success as well. I don’t know about you, but to me, the traffic on the beach felt awful “summer-y” as did the waits at restaurants and the lines in the shopping centers. Mind you, the Zap Pro Skim Jam and the UCA Cheerleading Camp aided in filling the beach, but the crowds seemed to stretch from one end of the beach to the other and that spells dollars for most the businesses on the beach.

So was this year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival a success? Well, there’s one other way to view success. For me, the degree of the event’s success manifested itself in the two couples who danced on our beach until the stars came out. They decided on a vacation to Panama City Beach and, as the man said, it was the most fun they’ve ever had. That’s success.

Tip-of-the-hat to all the people involved in bringing the Seabreeze Jazz Festival to Panama City Beach. It was a blast. You guys did a great job.

I have to give a shout out to our good buddy Arlene Froeming.  Thanks to her and her generosity in loaning me a sweet telephoto lens, we had the ability to produce some stunning close-ups.  She does some freelance photography and can be found here.