NAPLES, FL (March 2014) – A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will again host its annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series. This will mark the 29th consecutive year of the fun, free concert series, which combines an appealing and diverse selection of Jazz entertainment with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets, cool breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf. “SummerJazz on the Gulf” will take place one Saturday evening per month June-September, and each concert will be from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. This year’s concerts will be on Saturday, June 28; Saturday, July 26; Saturday, August 16; and Saturday, September 13, 2014.
According to Susan Savino, Director of Conference Services at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and organizer of the concert series, the 2014 “SummerJazz on the Gulf” line-up is:
“We are very pleased to bring back three of our most popular SummerJazz bands this year,” said Savino. “The Betty Fox Band performed for the first time at our September concert last year, and was a real crowd-pleaser. They will be a great band to kick-off this year’s concert series. The always-popular Late Night Brass returns to SummerJazz for the sixth consecutive year. Pocket Change performed at SummerJazz in 2011, and we’re very happy they are back. This year we are also proud to feature an act that is new to SummerJazz, The Mud Flappers Band, who audiences will just love. It promises to be a great 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 6:30 – 9:30 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.
The Betty Fox Band will kick-off this year’s “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Known for its blues and funk-infused soul, the band is led by fiery songstress Betty Fox, and also features musical heavyweights Matt Walker on guitar, Barry Williams 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. This will mark their second appearance at SummerJazz on the Gulf. For more information on the band, visit www.bettyfox.net .
The very popular and versatile 11-piece band Late Night Brass will headline the SummerJazz concert on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Returning to SummerJazz for the sixth consecutive year, this high-energy band features a powerful four-piece horn section (saxophone, two trumpets, and trombone), a driving five-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and Latin percussion), 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, Kool & The Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Tower of Power. 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 .
Pocket Change will perform on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The talented 6-piece, high-energy show band performs Motown, Funk, R&B Variety, Soul, and Dance/Party music. Known for their beautiful vocals and harmonies, and for their showmanship, Pocket Change is led by Bandleader Eddie “The Thrill” Carmichael and Music Director Otis “Maestro” McCarthy. The band has performed at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Universal Studios Florida, Seminole Casino, Walt Disney World®, Daytona Bandshell, and Florida A&M University. For band information, visit pocketchangephasetwo.webs.com/ .
This season’s final SummerJazz concert on Saturday, September 13, 2014, will feature The Mud Flappers Band. Performing for the first time at SummerJazz, the band was voted “Orlando’s Best Folk Act” of 2011, 2012, and 2013 by the readers of Orlando Weekly. Known for their eclectic sound and energetic acoustic style, which could be described as Gypsy Jazz/Folky Swing, the 7-piece “mini orchestra” features talented vocalists Lauren Carder and Sarah Elizabeth Patrick. Music ranges from jazz, to the country of Johnny Cash to the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. For band information, visit facebook.com/themudflappers .
Sponsorships are available. For information, call Susan Savino at 239-435-4362.
Guests attending “SummerJazz on the Gulf” should consider dining at the resort’s recently renovated 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.
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, the 125-acre resort is Naples’ only beachfront resort offering on-site championship golf, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center.
Offering an incredible setting on the pristine white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort features 34,000 square feet of meeting space plus many picturesque outdoor venues. Not resting on its many laurels, the resort spent more than $45 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last six years, which included the renovation of its 319 guest rooms and suites, the addition of a new Gulf-view ballroom, the renovation and expansion of its waterfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf and its popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, the complete renovation its Gulf-side meeting rooms and pre-function space, enhancements to the golf course, and the addition (in 2010) of a beautiful new beachfront pool complex with two new pools.
In addition, the resort features 1,000 feet of white-sand beach, an array of dining options, multiple bars, retail shops, and beach rentals. 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 email@example.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.