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Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

by S. Lynne on January 23rd, 2018
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 20th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 18-22, 2018, at Aaron Bessant 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 jazz and rhythm-and-blues musician Brian Culbertson, saxophonist and songwriter Boney James, and funk and rhythm-and-blues band Kool and the Gang. Also appearing are Peter White, Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, Gerald Albright, Commodores, Rick Braun, Jeffery Osborne, Spyro Gyra, Damien Escobar, Richard Elliot, Cindy Bradley, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Eric Darius, Jazz Funk Soul, Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., Everette Harp, The Family Stone, Chris Standring, Keiko Matsui, Vincent Ingala, Lindsey Webster, Ben Tankard, Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Phil Denny, and Ragan Whiteside.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday night, April 18, 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 Eric Darius. The following day, Nick Colionne 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 19, with gates at the main stage at Aaron Bessant 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, by Kool and the Gang, is followed at 11 p.m. by the Eric Darius After Party. Site for the party is Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park.

At noon on April 20, Chris Standring will host a CD signing party at Pompano Joe’s. Gates for the main stage open at 2 p.m. The day’s concerts start at 3 p.m., ending with an 8:30 appearance by Brian Culbertson. The night’s after party, scheduled for 11 p.m., will be hosted by Nick Colionne at Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park.

The gates at the main stage open at 10 a.m. on April 21 to a performance featuring recipients of funding from Music in the Schools. This is a local charity effort that uses proceeds from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and other local jazz concerts to fund music scholarships, jazz band clinics, instrument purchases, and more. The evening’s after party, which gets underway at 11 p.m., will be hosted by Brian Culbertson at Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park.

Music in the Schools performers open the day’s lineup again on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Evening concerts include a 6:30 appearance by the Commodores and an 8:30 concert featuring Boney James. Admission to the Sunday evening after party is free. The fun starts at 11 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 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.

Where To Stay During Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Check out our Panama City Beach vacation rentals for places to stay during Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Many of the units can be booked online directly from our site with no additional fees.





Fan favorite Brian Culbertson (at keyboard) returns to the festival again in 2018.

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

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