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Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

by S. Lynne on January 25th, 2017
Jazz saxophonist and songwriter Boney James

One of the headliners at this year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival is saxophonist and songwriter Boney James.

The white sands and emerald waters of Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 19th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 19-23, 2017, at Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the United States by JazzIZ Magazine and one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the North American Tour Bus Association. Billed as the “ultimate weekend of smooth jazz,” the festival regularly features the country’s top jazz artists.

Heading this year’s lineup are saxophonist Kenny G, saxophonist and songwriter Boney James, and jazz and rhythm-and-blues musician Brian Culbertson. Also appearing are Tower of Power, Norman Brown, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Patti Austin, Pieces of a Dream, Sheila E., Michael Lington, Darren Rahn, Paul Brown, Eric Darius, Doc Powell, Ken Ford, Four 80 East, Althea Rene, Matt Marshak, Jake Shimabukuro, Roman Street, Adam Hawley, and Jeanette Harris.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday night, April 19, with a dinner cruise of St. Andrews Bay aboard the SunQuest Solaris yacht. Featured artist for the three-hour cruise, which boards at the Lighthouse Marina and sails at 7 p.m., is Brian Culbertson. The following day, Eric Darius is the featured artist for a two-hour lunch cruise, also aboard the Solaris. After boarding at Lighthouse Marina, the Solaris sails at 11 a.m.

The concerts start on April 20, with gates at the main stage at Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater opening at 2 p.m. Time for the first performance of the day is 3 p.m. Conclusion of the day’s last concert, “A Special Evening With Kenny G,” is followed at 10:30 p.m. by the Seabreeze Jazz Festival After Party All-Star Jam, featuring Ken Ford. Site for the party is Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park.

On April 21, gates for the main stage open again at 2 p.m. The day’s concerts start an hour later with a performance by Seabreeze Rising Star Jeanette Harris. The night’s after party, scheduled for 10:30 p.m., will be hosted by Eric Darius at Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park.

The gates at the main stage open at 10 a.m. on April 22, and concerts start at 11 a.m. Brian Culbertson will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s after party, which gets underway at 10:30, will be hosted by Culbertson at Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park.

On Sunday, April 23, the main stage gates open at 10 a.m., with the music starting at 11 a.m. Boney James is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. The End of Festival After Party and All Star Jam will be hosted by Four 80 East and Matt Marshak. The fun starts at 10:30 p.m. at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Pier Park.

Many Panama City Beach vacation rentals offer package deals for Seabreeze Jazz Fest.Tickets for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival are available at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com. The best value is the four-day pass. Good for Thursday through Sunday, it costs $250 per person. A three-day pass for Friday through Sunday performances is priced at $200 per person. General admission tickets for individual days are also available and range in price from $90 to $120 per person.

Where To Stay, Where To Eat during Seabreeze Jazz Festival

A number of Panama City Beach vacation rental properties are offering package beach vacation deals that include discounts on lodging as well as admission tickets to the jazz festival. For more information on things to do and places to eat, visit our Panama City Beach restaurants page and Panama City Beach Attractions.

Fan favorite Brian Culbertson (at keyboard) returns to the festival again in 2017.

Brian Culbertson and his band performing at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

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