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"SummerJazz On The Gulf" Concert Series Continues in Naples on August 25th with Free Concert by New Groove City Featuring Gumbi Ortiz

NAPLES, FL (August 2012) – The popular “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series will continue at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Saturday, August 25, 2012, with a free concert by New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz. Now in its 27th year, “SummerJazz on the Gulf” is a series of fun, free concerts at the beachfront resort which combine live jazz music with beautiful Gulf views, enchanting sunsets over the water, cool 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 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.
 
Gumbi Ortiz is known around the world for his exciting conga performance and his knowledge of rhythm and percussion. For the last 25 years the charismatic Ortiz has been an integral part of superstar guitarist Al Di Meola’s band. In addition, he is the leader of New Groove City, formerly known as The Latino Projekt, which performs and records vibrant timba and real Cuban salsa music. The band, which has released two successful albums and has toured throughout the Southeast, changed its name in 2011 to better reflect the more soulful direction the band has taken. For more information on Ortiz and the band, visit www.gumbiortiz.com. The concert is being sponsored by Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning. 
 
“Gumbi Ortiz is a true showman, who is incredibly talented. He and his band will put on a very fun show that will get the crowd dancing,” said Jim Anderson, food & beverage director of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, and organizer of the annual concert series.
 
This will mark the third concert in this year’s SummerJazz concert series. The series kicked off on June 16, 2012, with a vibrant show by the Legendary J.C’s. That was followed by a concert by the popular Late Night Brass on July 21, 2012. This year’s concert series will conclude on Saturday, September 22, 2012, with a free concert by Eight To The Bar. Each concert will be on the resort’s Watkins Lawn from 7-10 p.m.
 
Fifth Third Bank, and The Arlington, sponsored the June concert. The July concert was sponsored by Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc., and Florida Community Bank. The September concert is being sponsored by BSSW Architects, Inc., and D. Garrett Construction, Inc.
 
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 newly renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel, and “Best Place For A Sunset Cocktail” by Gulfshore Life magazine. 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.
 
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.
 
Rich in family hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples, Florida since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, this 317-room and suite resort is Naples’ only beachfront property with golf, spa, tennis and water recreation on property, and is home to Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, HB’s on the Gulf. The resort is further complemented by an array of casual dining options, retail shops, beach rentals and complimentary kids club. With over 34,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and function space it is a perfect destination for meetings, conventions, 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.
 
# # # 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://naplesbeachhotel.com/resort/media/Photos/Photos/viewPhotos.tpl . Or, photos of the resort, SummerJazz on the Gulf, and the bands, are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.