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Free "SummerJazz on the Gulf" Concert Series Kicks Off June 15th with the Alan Darcy Group

This Marks The 28th Consecutive Year Of The Popular, Free Concert Series At The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
NAPLES, FL (May 2013) – The 28th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series will kick-off at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Saturday, June 15, 2013, with a free concert by The Alan Darcy Group. The fun, free concert series, a popular tradition for many Floridians, combines a diverse selection of Jazz entertainers with picturesque Gulf views, beautiful sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere.
The concert, like all of the “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concerts, will be held from 7-10 p.m. on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Hotel guests will receive complimentary parking at the resort. For those not staying at the resort parking is available just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with complimentary parking for 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.
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 concert is being sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.
“We are very pleased to bring back The Alan Darcy Group as our first SummerJazz concert of the season,” said Susan Savino, Director of Catering & Conference Services at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. “Alan Darcy very successfully kicked off our SummerJazz concert series in 2009, and he and his band are true crowd-pleasers who put on a dynamic show.”
This Summer Concert series continues on Saturday, July 20 (with entertainment by Late Night Brass); Saturday, August 24 (with entertainment by Vodkanauts); and on Saturday, September 21, 2013 (with entertainment by The Betty Fox Band). Each concert will be on the resort’s Watkins Lawn from 7-10 p.m.
The SummerJazz concert in July is being sponsored by Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. The August concert is being sponsored by BSSW Architects, Inc. and D. Garrett Construction, Inc. The September concert is being sponsored by Naples Global Advisors. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Susan Savino at 239-435-4362 or s.savino@naplesbeachhotel.com .
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 .
All concerts will 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 resort’s beachfront restaurant H.B.’s on the Gulf also will be open, as a great option. The restaurant, known for its beautiful views of the Gulf, serves fresh Florida seafood and traditional American favorites. Concert goers also can enjoy a specialty drink at the popular Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel.
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.