. . . This Year Marks The 28th Consecutive Year Of The Popular, Free Concert Series; A Special “SummerJazz Room Rate” Also Will Be Available

NAPLES, FL (March 2013) – A Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will again host its popular “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series. This will mark the 28th consecutive year of the fun, free concert series, combining a diverse selection of Jazz entertainment with beautiful views of the Gulf, gorgeous sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the resort’s picturesque Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. “SummerJazz on the Gulf” will take place one Saturday evening per month June-September, and each concert will be from 7 - 10 p.m. This year’s concerts will be on Saturday, June 15; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, August 24; and Saturday, September 21, 2013.

According to Susan Savino, Director of Catering & Conference Services at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, the 2013 “SummerJazz on the Gulf” line-up is:
• Alan Darcy Group – Saturday, June 15, 2013
• Late Night Brass – Saturday, July 20, 2013
• Vodkanauts – Saturday, August 24, 2013
• The Betty Fox Band – Saturday, September 21, 2013.

“This year we are very pleased to bring back two of our most popular SummerJazz bands, Alan Darcy and Late Night Brass, which are true crowd-pleasers,” said Savino. “Alan Darcy very successfully kicked off our SummerJazz concert series in 2009, and Late Night Brass returns to SummerJazz for the fifth consecutive year. This year we are also proud to feature two acts that are new to SummerJazz, Vodkanauts and The Betty Fox Band. The audience will just love them. It promises to be a wonderful concert series.”

Those interested in staying at the resort during “SummerJazz on the Gulf” weekends can contact the resort’s reservations department for best available rates and packages by calling (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, or online at www.NaplesBeachHotel.com.

Each concert will be held from 7-10 p.m. on the Watkins Lawn. Hotel guests will receive complimentary parking at the resort. For those not staying at the resort there will be parking just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach sticker, and free trolley service to the resort and back. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, however no outside food and beverage is allowed on resort grounds. Call (239) 261-2222 for additional information and directions.

Alan Darcy Group will kick-off this year’s “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Known for always putting on an electrifying show, Alan Darcy and his band combine an appealing blend of jazz, pop, standards, and R&B that truly showcases Darcy’s impressive saxophone and flute skills and smooth vocals. His saxophone skills are often compared to David Sanborn, and the show includes an eclectic combination of original jazz tunes from his four CDs, as well as covers of such crowd favorites as Sting, Billy Joel, and Frank Sinatra. This will mark his second appearance at “SummerJazz on the Gulf.” For information on Alan Darcy and his band, visit www.alandarcy.com.

The very popular and versatile 10-piece band Late Night Brass will headline the SummerJazz concert on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Returning to SummerJazz for the fifth consecutive year, this high-energy band features a powerful four-piece horn section (saxophone, two trumpets, and trombone), a driving four-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums), a dynamic male vocalist, and a very talented female vocalist. They will perform a range of songs from such popular horn bands as Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, and Blood Sweat & Tears. The band also plays songs from such groups as Huey Lewis & The News, The Blues Brothers, Commodores, and Doobie Brothers. The band has opened up for Chicago, Chris Botti, Huey Lewis & The News, Billy Joel & Elton John, Michael Bublé, Earth Wind & Fire, and Sting & The Police. For more information on the band, visit www.latenightbrass.us.

Vodkanauts will perform on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The talented five-piece band consists of Jonathan Harris on vocals; John De Bellis on electric and acoustic bass guitars; Mark Warren on electric and acoustic guitars, as well as vocals; Ryan Arsenault on keyboards and vocals; and Stan Arthur on drums and vocals. The band nicely blends jazz and rock-and-roll with time-tested tunes with inventive arrangements, delivered with true showmanship and crowd-pleasing energy. For more information on the band, visit www.Vodkanauts.com.

This season’s final SummerJazz concert on Saturday, September 21, 2013, will feature The Betty Fox Band, which is known for its blues and funk-infused soul. Lead by fiery songstress Betty Fox, the band also features musical heavyweights Josh Nelms on guitar, Matt Walker on bass, and Sam Farmer on drums. The band was voted “Best of the Bay” as Tampa/St. Petersburg’s “Best Local Blues Act” in a reader’s poll by Creative Loafing. The band has opened for such artists as Mavis Staples, Damon Fowler, and Roosevelt Collier of The Lee Boys. For more information on the band, visit www.bettyfox.net.

Guests attending “SummerJazz on the Gulf” should consider dining at the resort’s H.B.’s on the Gulf, the city of Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, which serves fresh Florida seafood and traditional American favorites. Patrons also can enjoy a specialty drink at the popular Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel. All concerts feature full bar service in several locations and a food concession with a selection of snack items and freshly grilled burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken sandwiches.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, owned and operated by the Watkins family for more than 65 years, is Naples’ only beachfront resort offering on-site championship golf, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center.

Continually enhancing its offerings, the resort completed its latest phase of renovations and enhancements in January 2013. This $5 million phase included the opening of a new Gulf-view ballroom named The Everglades Room that features spectacular panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, and which is Naples’ only beachfront ballroom.

This enhancement phase also included the complete renovation of the remaining guest rooms in the resort’s Florida Wing, and the complete renovation of the resort’s Gulf-side meeting rooms and pre-function space. With the completion of these guest rooms, all of the resort’s 317 guest rooms and suites have been renovated and remodeled over the last three years.

This $5 million latest phase of improvements follows $40 million spent by the resort over the last five years. That multi-phase project included the renovation and remodeling of the other guest rooms and suites, enhancements to the golf course, the renovation and expansion of The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, and the addition of a beautiful beachfront pool complex (with two pools, two whirlpools, a pool bar with food service, restrooms, locker facilities, and a pool shop).

Rich in family hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, this 317-room resort features 1,000 feet of white-sand beach, an array of dining options, multiple bars, retail shops, and beach rentals. With over 34,000 square feet of meeting space it is a perfect destination for meetings, incentives, weddings and special occasions of all kinds. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples. For additional information, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com.

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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at klamonica@chisano.com or (407) 788-7070, ext. 208
NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from http://www.naplesbeachhotel.com/presspage/photo-gallery. Or, photos of the resort, SummerJazz on the Gulf, and the bands, are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.