A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will host its annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series for the33rd consecutive year. The fun, free concert series combines a diverse array of musical entertainment with truly beautiful views of the Gulf, gorgeous sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the AAA Four-Diamond beachfront resort’s picturesque 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 23; Saturday, July 14; Saturday, August 18; and Saturday, September 15, 2018.
According to Susan Savino, Director of Conference Services at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and organizer of the annual concert series, the 2018 “SummerJazz on the Gulf” line-up is:
- Show Biz Kids – Saturday, June 23, 2018
- Late Night Brass – Saturday, July 14, 2018
- TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue – Saturday, August 18, 2018
- Pocket Change – Saturday, September 15, 2018
“We are kicking off this year’s SummerJazz concert series with a new addition to our line-up, the award-winning Show Biz Kids, which is an outstanding 12-piece Steely Dan tribute band,” said Savino. “That will be followed by the always-popular Late Night Brass, returning to SummerJazz for the 10th consecutive year, for our July concert. In August, the very fun New Orleans-style TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue will perform, and then the crowd favorite Pocket Change will headline this season’s final concert in September. It promises to be a wonderful concert series.”
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. Call (239) 261-2222 for additional information and directions.
Show Biz Kids will kick-off this year’s “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The world-class, 12-piece Steely Dan tribute band combines terrific arrangements with superb vocal and instrumental performances. Based in Tampa, the vibrant band won Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay Award” for “Best Tribute Band” in 2016. Members of the talented band have worked with such artists as Blood Sweat & Tears, Arturo Sandoval, Spyro Gyra, Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Diane Schuur, and Tower of Power. For more information on the band, visit steelydantributeband.com.
The very popular and versatile 10-piece band Late Night Brass will return to SummerJazz for the 10th consecutive year, on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The 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 talented male vocalist, and a dynamic 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, and Blood Sweat & Tears. The band also plays songs from such groups as Huey Lewis & The News, The Blues Brothers, and Doobie Brothers. The band has opened up for Chicago, Huey Lewis & The News, Billy Joel, Elton John, Dennis DeYoung (from Styx), and Michael Bublé. For more information on the band, visit the Late Night Brass page on Facebook.
TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue will perform at SummerJazz for the first time, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Combining jazz, Texas blues and funk music, the 8-piece, New Orleans-style horn band is led by bassist Tom “TBone” Hamilton and is known for its very fun concerts and their ability to get the crowd dancing. Featuring a 3-piece horn section, a guitar, bass, drums, piano and outstanding vocalist, the band performs tunes from such artists as the Neville Brothers, The Funky Meters and Dr. John. For more information on the band, visit thomasjhamilton.com.
This season’s final SummerJazz concert on Saturday, September 15, 2018, will feature the talented 6-piece, high-energy show band Pocket Change. Performing at SummerJazz for their sixth appearance, the 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 opened for Sean Paul, Journey, Blue Oyster Cult, Paul Revere and The Raiders, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. They have performed at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Universal Studios Florida, Seminole Casino, Walt Disney World®, and House of Blues (in Orlando and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina). For band information, visit pocketchangephasetwo.webs.com/.
Those interested in staying at the resort during “Summer Jazz 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. Concert goers also can enjoy a specialty drink at the resort’s popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, recognized as one of the best places to view a Southwest Florida sunset. In addition, 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. Not resting on its many laurels, 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 exceptional 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.