. . . This Marks The 32nd Consecutive Year of the Popular, Free Concert Series at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

NAPLES, FL (June 2017) – The 32nd annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series will kick-off at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Saturday, June 17, 2017, with a free concert by The Betty Fox Band. The fun, free concert series, a popular tradition for many Floridians, combines a diverse selection of Jazz entertainers with scenic 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 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the resort’s picturesque 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. Call (239) 261-2222 for additional information and directions.

Appearing at SummerJazz on the Gulf for the fifth time, The Betty Fox Band is known for its blues and funk-infused soul. Led by talented songstress Betty Fox, the band was an International Blues Challenge finalist (in the top 8 of 150 bands), and is a two-time winner of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” as Tampa/St. Petersburg’s “Best Local Blues Act” in a readers’ poll. The band has opened for such artists as Mavis Staples, Ronnie Earl, Lucky Peterson, Jimmy Thackery, The Meter Men, and Damon Fowler. For more information on the band, visit https://www.reverbnation.com/bettyfoxband .

“The Betty Fox Band is a terrific way to kick-off this year’s SummerJazz concert series, as they always do a great job, and are such a crowd-pleaser,” said Susan Savino, Director of Conference Services at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, and coordinator of the annual concert series. “Betty is such a talented vocalist and a captivating performer, and her band is outstanding. It promises to be a wonderful show.”  
The SummerJazz concert series continues on Saturday, July 8 (with entertainment by Pocket Change); Saturday, August 19 (with entertainment by Gloria West and the Gents); and on Saturday, September 16, 2017 (with entertainment by Late Night Brass).  Each concert will be on the resort’s Watkins Lawn from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The SummerJazz concert in June is being sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. The July concert is sponsored by Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc./Gravity Benefits; and The Woodruff Institute. The August concert is sponsored by Presstige Printing. The September concert is sponsored by Naples Global Advisors; BSSW Architects, Inc.; and FisherBroyles, LLP. Additional sponsorships to the SummerJazz on the Gulf concerts are still available. For information, call Susan Savino at 239-435-4362. 

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 NaplesBeachHotel.com . 

Guests attending SummerJazz on the Gulf should consider dining at the resort’s signature restaurant H.B.’s on the Gulf. Offering indoor dining with magnificent views of the Gulf and sunsets, as well as an outdoor patio overlooking the white-sand beach and sparkling water, HB’s on the Gulf specializes in fresh regional seafood, great steaks, and American cuisine. Of note is that the restaurant just unveiled in May appealing new lunch and dinner menus, which includes such new dinner offerings as Seared Scallops with Jerk Sauce, Blue Crab Dip, Strawberry Salad, Sakura Pork Tenderloin Medallions, Florida Whole Fried Snapper, and a new twist on the Joyce Farms Free Range Chicken Breast. 

Concert goers also can enjoy a specialty drink at the popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill. 

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 has completed more than $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last few years, which included the dramatic renovation of its championship golf course by golf icon Jack Nicklaus and noted course architect John Sanford, which was completed in November 2016. 

Prior to that, the resort installed beautiful glass balconies in its main Tower Building in November 2015 to showcase its incredible Gulf views. 

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 Gulf-side outdoor event venues. Additional offerings at the 319-room resort include a world-class spa, an award-winning tennis center, an array of dining options, a beautiful beachfront pool complex with two pools, multiple bars, retail shops, and beach rentals. 
In addition, guests always benefit from no resort fees, complimentary self-parking and valet parking, and complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples. For additional information, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit NaplesBeachHotel.com .

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