Huge Tween Music Fest Set to Boost June Tourism

Announced today, REAL.FUN.BEACHFEST will be held on June 1, 2013 and will host some pretty big names in music targeting the “tween” demographic.  With the goal of kicking off summer tourism with a bang, this event will be held at the newly opened Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.

Summer tourism is big business down here, but typically the first two weeks in June are markedly slower than the rest of the summer.  Speaking from experience, events like these are huge for all those that rely on tourist traffic because they often times bring in people that wouldn’t normally come during that period, or come at all.

One of the funnest parts about this event is that it’s hosting family friendly music targeted towards kids, so it’ll bring the demographic we all love to our beaches.

The artists that are coming to Panama City Beach are The Wanted, Cody Simpson, Britt Nicole and DJ Alex Angelo.

Full Press Release

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLA., April 12, 2013 – Panama City Beach and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announce the first annual REAL.FUN.BEACHFEST on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the new Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. Chart-topping pop music sensations The Wanted and Cody Simpson will be joined by breakout artists Britt Nicole and DJ Alex Angelo for an unforgettable summer evening of music on the Emerald Coast shores of Northwest Florida.

Fresh off a People’s Choice Awards win for Breakout Artists of the Year, and nominated for Best Music Group at the Radio Disney Awards, U.K. boy band phenomenon, The Wanted, will get crowds jumping with top tracks like “I’m Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun.” Fellow headliner and singer-songwriter Cody Simpson, a Radio Disney nominee for Best Male Artist and Best Crush Song, will keep the party pumping with songs like “Wish You Were Here” feat. Becky G. They’ll be joined by DJ Alex Angelo from Cleveland,Ohio, who will open the festival with impressive dance and DJ skills, and Britt Nicole, who has experienced major success through her inspirational lyrics and melodies.

Slated as an annual event for years to come, REAL.FUN.BEACHFEST will host 7,500 attendees at the new Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater as they flock to the stage to hear the hottest beats in paradise. Festival-goers will experience a night to remember as their summer of sun, fun and sand is capped off by incredible concert performances from today’s top artists.

Tickets may be purchased as part of an accommodations package from participating partners, or through general ticket sales beginning on Monday, April 22 at noon CDT,starting at $39.00 per person. Tickets and lodging packages may be purchased online at General tickets are also available for purchase by phone at (800) 895-0071.

About The Wanted

Formed in 2009, The Wanted made their debut release in 2010 and have burst onto the scene as a British-Irish pop sensation. The group is made up of members Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran. Combining heavy beats, edginess and pop, The Wanted distinguishes themselves with exceptional instrumental and vocal performances for audiences of all ages.

About Cody Simpson

Inspired by the likes of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Jack Johnson, Cody Simpson has taken his passion for music onto the international scene. AsNative of Queensland, Australia, Cody has already won over millions of fans with his albums, Coast to Coast and Paradise along with social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. At age 16, he hasjoined forces in the studio with some of the music industry’s top names including Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, and many more.

About Britt Nicole

BrittNicole’s journey to her own success began as a child growing up in Salisbury, North Carolina as a singer in the church choir. After high school, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a full-time singing career, releasing a pair of independent records, all by the age of 19. One of herrecent hits, “All This Time”, topped the charts on Christian contemporary radio for eight continuous weeks and peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart. Nicole’s brand new album, Gold, pairs her positive faith with inspirational lyrics and melodies.

About Alex Angelo

Alex Angelo, also known as “DJ BEATBOY,” is a middle schooler from Cleveland, Ohio. His passion and talent for mixing music began at age 10 when he picked up his father’s ipad to find beats. Soon enough, Alex invested in some used DJ equipment that took his hobby to new heights as a young artist. He has performed as an opener for several notable musicians including Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, Austin Mahone, Hoodie Allen and more.

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 –

Pier Park Summer Concert Series Schedule

Ah, summertime.  When I think of it, almost every time without fail, a certain Sublime song begins to play in my head – nevermind the underlying story.  All I remember is “Summertime and the livin’s easy.”  And easy living will surely have this fantastic summer we have coming up.

Tourism numbers are up, the weather’s been perfect lately and today we’re announcing the lineup of this summer’s Pier Park Summer Concert Series!

The series is every Thursday evening and begins at 7 pm.

Pier Park Summer Concert Series Band Lineup and Schedule

June 7  — Eric Lindell

June 14 — The Black Lillies

June 21 — Telluride

June 28 — The Kevin Jacobs Band

July 5 — Heritage

July 12 — George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners

July 19 — The Lee Boys

July 26 — Boukou Groove

August 2 — Heat and the Zydeco Gents

August 9 — Colin Lake

August 16 — The Barry Fish Band