WHAT’S SUMMER WITHOUT SUMMERJAZZ on the GULF
According to TripAdvisor, Florida is the state with the most things to see and do; we would heartedly agree. And one of the most popular things to do each summer in Naples is to get your beach chairs ready for an amazing Southwest Florida tradition…SummerJazz on the Gulf!
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will kick off its 33rd annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series on Saturday, June 23, 2018, with a free concert by Show Biz Kids, and then will continue with a concert one Saturday per month (June through September) throughout the summer. Listen, if you have never been to SummerJazz on the Gulf, you are missing an iconic experience and will not be disappointed if you join in on the festivities. The fun, free concert series combines a diverse selection of Jazz entertainers with picturesque Gulf views, beautiful sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere for everyone young, old and every age in between.
All of the SummerJazz on the Gulf concerts are held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Clubs’ scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Each year this is such an exciting time and event for the area; one that not only draws locals, but attracts traveler’s from all over who designate this time of year as their “visit Naples” time. You’ll want to note that hotel guests receive complimentary parking at the resort which might come in handy given the excitement generated each year by the series. 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 first time, Show Biz Kids is a 12-piece Steely Dan tribute band that 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 Show Biz Kids, visit steelydantributeband.com .
The SummerJazz concert series continues on Saturday, July 14 (with entertainment by Late Night Brass); Saturday, August 18 (with entertainment by TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue); and on Saturday, September 15, 2018 (with entertainment by Pocket Change).
If you are attending SummerJazz, you may wish to enjoy dinner at the resort’s signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf. Offering indoor dining with lovely 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. Tasty menu options include Florida Gulf Snapper with Korean Pepper Sauce, Filet of Beef with Shrimp, Joyce Farms Free Range Chicken Breast, Gulf Black Grouper with Black Rice Risotto, and Grass Fed New York Strip Steak.
Concert goers also can enjoy a specialty drink or dinner at the popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill. Menu options include Tropical Grouper Tacos, Beach Burger, Chicken Wrap, Beach Club Veggie, Coconut Fried Shrimp, and Blackened Chicken Sandwich. All concerts also 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.
Hope to see you on June 23rd and throughout the summer.