Swinging Tunes at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Published Apr 3 2017
If someone told you that one of the most used samples in Hip Hop history was written by a former Doobie Brother, would you remember the tune? Or would you keep forgettin’? The talent necessary to create such an enduring loop will be on full display this April during the 19 th Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach. Michael McDonald headlines the April 19-23rd event, presented by Seabreeze 106.3 FM and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

Would you like some more blue-eyed soul to add to the excitement? Welcome Brian Culbertson and Boney James to the stage. These two Smooth Jazz powerhouses thump the line between funk, soul, dance, and groove, with earworm tunes that get seduce and grab you with the first listen.

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Named one of the “Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival has grown from a cozy little gathering in Santa Rosa Beach, to an even cozier, nationally recognized example of all the area has to offer. (Sax on the beach, anyone?) Blowing coastal breezes, swaying palms in the moonlight, and languid guitar serenades are de rigeur, and just some of the features of the nation’s fastest growing “destination music festivals” on the Gulf Coast.

During your downtime, enjoy the nearby shopping, restaurants and sightseeing Panama City Beach and its surrounding areas are famous for. Vacation getaways do not get any cooler than this. Find plenty of Panama City Beach things to do online for good times on the Emerald Coast! Main performances go down at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House, where Front Beach Road meets Pier Park Drive. These annual “anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better” sessions showcase jazz at its finest, with improvisation ruling the stage, and spectacular musicianship owning the night. Simply not to be missed!

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Festival tickets are available for single and multi-day admission. Thursday-only tickets are $90 each, Friday-only tickets are $100 each, Saturday-only tickets are $120 each, and Sunday-only tickets are $120 each. Why not go all-in and save money on multi-day tickets with a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday priced at $200? Trust us, once you see the full lineup, get ready to purchase the highly sought after, all-inclusive Four Day Pass for $250. All performances Thursday through Sunday will be held at the main stage.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival hosts close to 28,000 music and beach lovers for the weekend, with many folks traveling hundreds of miles, from 42 U.S. States, to hear their favorite genre performed in an atmosphere unlike any other. The alluring appeal of Pier Park and the new resort-style architecture along with west end of Panama City Beach beckons even the most cosmopolitan city-dweller to join the fun, and get their toes in the sand. The Peter White sand, that is.

For tickets, parking, artist lineup, and additional information visit Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

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