Seabreeze Jazz Festival Kicks Off This Weekend at Aaron Bessant Park!

It’s hard to believe that 16 years ago when the Seabreeze Jazz Festival was in its infancy, it could easily fit within Seaside’s intimate amphitheater with plenty of room to spare for dancing barefoot in the grass. Now this highly successful event is one of the area’s longest running festivals and draws more than 20,000 jazz lovers from across the globe.

The countdown to this year’s much-anticipated “Sweet Sixteen” Seabreeze Jazz Festival held April 24-27, is almost over. Once again, the main stage of Panama City Beach’s spectacular state-of-the-art Aaron Bessant Park located adjacent to Pier Park will feature an all-star, award-winning lineup.

The Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz kicks-off Thursday, April 24 at 6pm with performances by these stellar musicians: local saxophonist sensation Michael J. Thomas, singer/guitarist Nick Colionne and headliner Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

On Friday, August 25, long-time favorites Jones & Company get the party started at 6pm followed by Eric Darius, Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown and Alex Bugnon.

On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 wake-up and get your groove on early. Festival gates open each day at 9 am and the music starts by 11am and keeps you jazzed throughout the day and evening with one star-studded concert after another. Saturday’s sizzling ensemble features: Vincent Ingala & Jonathan Fritze’n, Chieli Minnuci & Special EFX, Brian Culbertson, Will Downing, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Richard Elliott and Gerald Albright.

Day 4, April 27 is smooth and easy like Sunday morning and continues non-stop with this stellar line-up of top-notch musicians: “Generation Next” featuring: Nicolas Cole, Julian Vaughn, Lin Rountree & Lebron; trumpeter Cindy Bradley, the sounds of Jazz Funk Soul” with: Chuck Loeb, Jeff Larber & Everette Harp; The original Family Stone, and an unforgettable grand finale by the Seabreeze Smooth Jazz All-stars: Brian Simpson, Kim Waters, Phil Perry and Maysa.

TICKETS:

While they last, tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-595-4849.

Or purchase from these area locations:

Panama City Beach: Pompano Joe’s across from the Pier; Florida House Fashions at Pier Park across from Old Navy Panama City: Creative Gems on Jenks Ave just south of 23rd Street.

Grayton Beach: Taylor By the Sea Salon, Shops of Grayton

Destin: The Vacuum Center on Highway 98 across from Regatta Bay

Ft. Walton Beach: Playground Music Center at Uptown Station Pensacola: DeLuna Coffee Company across from Pensacola State College

Tickets With Military Discount Available at:

Eglin Air Force Base: MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards) Naval Coastal Systems Center – MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards)

Tyndall Air Force Base: MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards) Pensacola Naval Air Station – MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards)

(Please note: additional service charges added for tickets purchased at the event gate weekend of the show)

In addition, smooth jazz fans can receive FREE TICKETS to the event by donating a good used band instrument to L.I.N.K.S. of Northwest Florida. “Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids” is a not-for-profit organization that accepts used band instruments, repairs them, and then makes them available to students in Northwest Florida who would not be able to participate due the financial burden of either buying or renting an band instrument. Playground Music Center in Panama City and Ft. Walton Beach is collecting the instruments for the event. For each instrument accepted, a FREE Four-Day Pass will be awarded to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival (a $200 value). For full details, call Tony Leonard at 850-243-2514

For more information on the 16th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival including beach chair rentals and cooler restrictions, call the jazz fest hotline at 1-800-653-7519 or visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

 

Gulf Coast Jam Lodging Packages Now Available for Labor Day Weekend

Guess who’s Goin’ to the Beach this Labor Day Weekend? None other than the biggest names in Nashville: Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Dirks Bentley, who are the featured red-hot headliners for Panama City Beach’s Second Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, held August 29, 30 and 31st. The 3-day star-studded holiday weekend promises to be the most sizzling concert of the year and the only thing that could make it any better is the Resort Collection’s lodging packages that include preferred event passes that are valued at $299 each!

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2014 Headliners

Imagine spending your much-deserved holiday weekend kicking back on Panama City Beach’s world famous sugar-white sands and listening to continuous beachside concerts throughout the day. Then as the sun starts to cool down, the action heats up at state-of-the-art Frank Brown Park, as the world’s biggest country music stars take the main stage by storm.

Whether you’re Goin’ to the Beach with your significant other and only need a cozy studio or one-bedroom unit or if you are planning on caravanning with an entourage of friends and family and chipping in on a three bedroom condo, check out the Resort Collection’s preferred accommodation packages for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. Choose between five Resort Collection premier beach-front properties that are conveniently located to all concert venues throughout Panama City Beach.

Take Five Resort Collection Value-Added Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Packages: (Each package includes 4-day/ 3-night stays, plus two preferred Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam event passes for each bedroom reserved.)

  • Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort: *Includes a 1-Bedroom Golf Villa & (2) PGCJ preferred passes: $675 plus tax & fees (a $1,075 value) *Includes a 1-Bedroom Gulf Front Condo & (2) PGCJ preferred passes: $735 plus tax & fees (a $1,135 value)
  • Majestic Beach Resort *Includes a Studio Condo & (2) PGCJ preferred passes: $645 plus tax & fees (a $1,045 value)
  • Emerald Beach Resort *Includes a 1-Bedroom Gulf Front Condo & (2) PGCJ preferred passes: $735 plus tax & fees (a $1,135 value)
  • Summit Beach Resort *Includes a 1-Bedroom with Bunk Gulf Front Condo & (2) PGCJ preferred passes: $675 plus tax & fees (a $1,075 value)
  • Grandview East Resort *Includes a 3-Bedroom Gulf Front Condo & (6) PGCJ preferred passes: $1,431 plus tax & fees (a $2,631 value)

With the most exciting entertainment line-up our world famous beaches have ever seen—- and on Labor Day Weekend to boot, accommodations are expected to sell out, so book your Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lodging package with preferred concert passes now before it’s too late!

For more information on the Resort Collection’s preferred lodging packages for the Second Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam or to make a reservation, visit our Specials page or call 866.597.2996.

 

It’s Always 5 o’clock at Margaritaville!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a taste of the island life at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Panama City Beach, Florida. Conveniently located the Pier Park shopping center in the heart of PCB, this Gulfside restaurant, bar, and entertainment destination makes a perfect outing for everyone from families, friends, couples, and, of course, Parrotheads!

Margaritaville Panama City Beach recently expanded its menu, refreshing the coastal-inspired offerings with over fifteen new items that are sure to have your taste buds feeling like they’re on vacation, even if you’re a local! The fun, island-inspired atmosphere includes décor ranging from a table inside a pontoon boat, a Clipper plane soaring overhead to its own private island, and smooth island sounds from Jimmy and other favorites such as the Beatles, James Taylor, The Eagles, and many many more. (You can listen to Radio Margaritaville 24/7 on Sirius XM satellite radio!)

Be sure to split an appetizer (or two, or three!) with your friends, such as the brand-new “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet: shrimp sautéed in tequila key lime butter, roasted garlic and peppers with a mini baguette for dipping—yum! The Asiago Crab Dip, filled with lump crabmeat and served with grilled crostini is another new option that’s sure to become an old favorite.

Asiago Crab Dip, Key West Quesadillas, and Drunken Shrimp Skillet – Photo by Michael St. John

The Bites section of the menu features small plates that are perfect for sharing with the whole table, like the Maryland-Style Crab Cake Slider, topped with shredded lettuce and jalapeño tartar sauce; a Grilled Shrimp Skewer, seasoned with a jerk glaze; and Beach Tacos with Carne Asada (Steak), Pork Carnitas, or Chicken Tinga.

Of course, Margaritaville staples such as the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Crispy Coconut Shrimp are still on the menu, but even they have gotten an upgrade that’ll knock those Hawaiian-print socks right off you. Share with your buds while listening to some jams on the outdoor deck. Margaritaville PCB features live music every night on the patio with a Gulf view that’s perfect for watching the sunset.

View the Margaritaville PCB Calendar of Events here.

Enjoy a full range of beers, wines, and boat drinks! – Photo by Michael St. John

Fins up! You didn’t think we’d forget about the boat drinks, did you? Grab a Landshark Lager and talk about your day on the beach, or if you’re up for something fruity—maybe even frozen?—the new Margaritas and Boat Drinks menu offers too many new cocktails, tequilas, margaritas and boat drinks to list! A few highlights include:

  • Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita: Margaritaville Silver Tequila, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, blueberry pomegranate purée
  • Planter’s Punch: Appleton Rum VX, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, freshly blended sweet and sour, pineapple juice, pomegranate and a dash of bitters.
  • The Watermelon Agave Fresca: with Margaritaville Silver Tequila, watermelon puree and the proprietary lime agave blend with a splash of soda
  • And an abundant collection of Tequilas served as shots with sangrita, the tomato based chaser made in house

Last but not least, don’t skip dessert! The classic Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding are enough to give you a sugar high, but for large groups and special occasions—or anytime, really!—go for the Chocolate Hurricane: vanilla bean ice cream served with brownies, Kit Kat and Heath bars, pirouette and mini shortbread cookies, sliced bananas, whipped cream, and chopped macadamia nuts, swirled tableside with chocolate and caramel sauces. You might need an evacuation plan to get out of your seat!

The Chocolate Hurricane – Photo by Troy Ruprecht

The Chocolate Hurricane – Photo by Troy Ruprecht

In addition to tropical favorites, burgers, desserts, and to-die-for drinks, Margaritaville offers a full array of vegetarian, gluten-free, and kids’ menu options!

View the whole menu online here.

 

Cheeseburger in Paradise

The Famous Cheeseburger in Paradise – Photo by Michael St. John

Stop by and say hi to the laid-back, friendly team at Margaritaville, and don’t forget to stop by the Gift Shop on your way out! They have all your Margaritaville gear from clothing, flip-flops, Tervis products, coffee mugs, hats, and jewelry, as well as Jimmy Buffett music and more! If you weren’t a Parrothead when you came in, you might just be a convert by the time you leave.

The Panama City Beach restaurant located in Pier Park at 16230 Front Beach Road is open daily from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. For more information regarding the Panama City Beach location, please visit www.margaritavillepanamacitybeach.com or call 702.733.3302. For all existing and future locations visit www.margaritaville.com.

Follow up your dinner with a movie at The Grand 16 Pier Park and ask about their all-new Reel Rewards program for 10% back on every dollar you spend at the movies, free concessions upgrades, a $5 credit on your birthday, and free small popcorn and drink coupon when you sign up! Visit www.myreelrewards.com to learn more.

 

Win a Trip to Emerald Beach Resort!

Resort Collection™ is excited to announce that its Facebook page, The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, has reached over 100,000 likes! This momentous occasion comes as the result of a collaborative effort between Resort Collection and Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising, Inc. – The Idea Boutique® of Grayton Beach, Fla.

To give thanks to its loyal fanbase on Facebook, Resort Collection is holding a vacation giveaway! A lucky Facebook fan will win a free stay at Emerald Beach Resort, one of the company’s nine esteemed beachfront properties located on the sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. The contest is currently open for entries.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW!

Terms and conditions are available on the page, and the contest will close on April 11, 2014.

“Resort Collection is pleased that, through a proprietary strategy created in-house at The Idea Boutique, we have increased our Facebook following by over 50,000 likes in the last year,” said Paul Wohlford, vice president of business development for Resort Collection. “We will continue to bring information, photos of the beach, specials and contests to our Facebook fans, and we hope to see the number of fans continue to grow.”

To get the latest news from Panama City Beach, photos of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and surrounding attractions, and the scoop on events and entertainment in our area, visit Facebook.com/TheResortCollection and like the page today!

 

Spring Break Guide 2014

It’s been a long, cold couple of months since the holidays and we know you can’t wait to cut loose and have some serious fun at “Spring Break Party Central,” AKA world famous Panama City Beach! Once you arrive in town, the most difficult part of your trip is likely to be deciding what to do, where to go, and who has the coolest parties. There’s literally a gazillion choices of fun things to do—riding wave runners, hitting the beach, checking out the newest “hot spots” or just hanging out with your friends.

Here are some of our Spring Break 2014 Top Picks!

2014 Spring Break 5K Race Series

Spring Break 5K Series: March 5, 12, 19, & 26 and April 2 at noon at Frank Brown Park – Kick start your day with a breath of fresh air and a little friendly competition among like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.  Visitors and walkers welcome to join in on the fun. Day of race registration starts at 10:30am at Frank Brown Park (located north of Back Beach Rd), $20 per person. T-shirts and prizes awarded. Call 850.890.4775 or visit www.5kspringbreak.com to register or for more details.

Rainy Day Fun – We understand it’s all about catching the rays and enjoying our  sugar-white beaches, but let’s face it, “rain happens.” Don’t let our tropical weather put a damper on your trip, because PCB has plenty to do even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Foam Music Fest: March 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 12-5 pm at Club La Vela – The country’s largest night club with 48 bars, 11 themed rooms and capacity up to 6,000, hosts Panama City Beach’s only daytime foam party held every Hump Day in March. Cover includes: free party cup, beer, jungle juice and pizza.  Admission: $25 advance.  For more info., visit www.clublavela.com

 

Spring Break at Summit Beach Resort

Pier Park: Shopping, Dining & Entertainment, Open daily – Shopaholics can engage in some killer retail therapy with 100+ national stores and local merchants from which to choose, such as: Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, Paradise Found and Runway Collection.

And if you’re looking for quick, inexpensive grub or something a little nicer, Pier Park’s snacks and eatery options run the gamut as do their bars and nightclubs.  Look for Dave & Buster’s to be opening soon! For a list of all Pier Park merchants, visit www.simon.com/mall/pierpark.

Movie lovers, you’ll also in the right spot to check out The Grand 16’s latest blockbuster flicks and ask about their new Reel Rewards card program. Receive great perks and your first popcorn and soda are on the house! For more info and show times, call 888.943.4567 or visit www.thegrandtheatre.com.

Stay connected and share with your friends the latest Spring Break updates and happenings by visiting Panama City Beach’s official Spring Break website, www.pcbeachspringbreak.com,  https://www.facebook.com/pcbeachspringbreak and twitter.com/springbreakpcb.

No matter where you decide to go or what you end up doing, we want you to have much deserved spring break! Remember to play it safe and party responsibly—so that you can come see us again next year, or even sooner!