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Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

by S. Lynne on January 10th, 2019

Evening performance at Seabreeze Jazz Festival in PCBThe white sands and emerald waters of  Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 21st annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 24–28, 2019, 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, rich-voiced ballad singer Jeffrey Osborne, Grammy Award winner Norman Brown, and the four multi-talented Jackson brothers who performed with Michael as the Jackson 5. Also appearing are Damien Escobar, Richard Elliot, Will Downing (featuring Maysa and Avery Sunshine), Jonathan Butler, Peter White, Special EFX All-Stars (featuring Chieli Minuicci, Elliott Yamin, Gerald Veasley, Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer, and Karen Briggs), Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Down to the Bone, Ken Ford, Jeff Kashiwa, U-Nam (with special guests Tim Owens and Felicity), Kim Waters, Steve Cole, DW3, Michael Lington, Jazz in Pink (featuring Gail Jhonson, Maria Antonette, and Chelsea Green), Kirk Whalum, Lindsey Webster, Vincent Ingala, Paul Taylor, Marcus Anderson, Adam Hawley, The West Coast Horns, Kayla Waters (Seabreeze Rising Star), Skinny Hightower (Seabreeze Rising Star), and Jeff Ryan (Seabreeze Rising Star).

The festival kicks off on Wednesday night, April 24, 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, Ken Ford 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 Thursday, April 25, 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 the Jacksons, is followed at 10:30 p.m. by the Seabreeze All Star After Party Jam featuring Ken Ford. Site for the party is Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park. Cost is $65 per person, and attendance is limited to 200.

Gates for the main stage open again at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26, with the first performance of the day, by Seabreeze Rising Star Skinny Hightower, starting at 3. Conclusion of the day’s last concert, by Will Downing, is followed at 10:30 p.m. by another Seabreeze All Star After Party Jam at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park. Featured artist for the evening is Eric Darius. Cost is $65 per person, and attendance is limited to 200.

Main-stage gates open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. The first performance starts at 11 a.m. and features another Seabreeze Rising Star, Jeff Ryan. Brian Culbertson takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. and also hosts the Seabreeze All Star After Party Jam. Beginning at 10:30 p.m., the party is at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park. Cost is $70 per person, and attendance is limited to 200.

Gate-opening time on Sunday, April 28, is 9:30 a.m., with the first performance of the day at 11 a.m. The last concert of the day is West Coast Jam at 8:30 p.m. The Seabreeze All Star After Party Jam features Nick Collionne at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Pier Park. There is no charge for admission to the Sunday Festival After Party Jam, but attendance is still limited to 200.

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 general-admission pass. Good for Thursday through Sunday, it costs $289 per person. A three-day pass, for Friday through Sunday performances, is priced at $239 per person. The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is presented by Visit Panama City Beach.

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. You’ll also find plenty of suggestions on where to eat while you’re in town on our Panama City Beach restaurants page.

 

Fan favorite Brian Culbertson (at keyboard) returns to the festival again in 2019.

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

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