Seabreeze Jazz Festival - 4/21-23 2006
In its eighth year, the 2006 Seabreeze Jazz Festival will feature some big changes and additions this year.
The festival venue is moving to a larger location at Seascape Resort and Conference Center, located between Destin and Sandestin. The new location will accommodate three times as many people, said festival organizers, plus offer onsite accommodations.
The change in venue will also bring a new date for the festival. The event will be held April 21 - 23 and begin an hour earlier than in past years — 11 a.m. instead of noon. The new location on Seascape’s driving range will allow valet parking at the gate.
This will also be the first Seabreeze Jazz Festival-Quality Imports Mercedes-Benz Golf Championship, which will offer chances to qualify for a spot in the National Mercedes Dealer Championship. The tournament will be April 21 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Seascape Golf Course. Smooth Jazz artists from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival will play along with other teams in a separate division. Entry fee is $150 with $100 of the fee going to charity. Entry fee includes golf, cart, food, drink on course, gift bag and prizes. Call Jearl McCall at (850) 654-7888 or enter online.
After a day of golf, kick off the weekend of jazz with the Wine Makers and Shakers Jazz Event April 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Chan’s Wine World across from Destin Commons. This wine walk-about will offer food and jazz by guitarist Chuck Loeb. Meet and mingle with wine makers such as Peter Mondavi while tasting more than 100 wines. Tickets to this event are only available with a VIP package. It is a partnership with Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, which will be staging its annual wine festival the same weekend. A pass will allow ticket holders to travel back and forth between events.
The move to Seascape Resort is a departure from County Road 30A, where the festival has been held for the last seven years. However, the larger venue will accommodate a growing fan base that Mark Carter expects to double last year’s total of 7,000 people. Carter, owner of Seabreeze Radio and the festival’s promoter, said sales have already hit 3,500.
“We sell tickets to people all over the Southeast,” said Carter.
New this year is the addition of the vocals of KEM to what has been in the past, all instrumental performances.
On Saturday, saxman Nelson Rangell opens the festival at 11 a.m. Also performing on Saturday will be Joyce Cooling, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, KEM, with Eric Darius featured as special guest with Brian Culbertson’s show at 5:30 p.m.
After Saturday night’s show, a VIP after-party will be held at 8 p.m. at Seascape Conference Center featuring Bona Fide and Slim Man. Tickets to this event are only available with a VIP package.
On Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. with the concert from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., featuring Jones & Company, Nestor Torres, Euge Groove, Wayman Tisdale and Rick Braun.
Weekend passes are $120. Tickets are available at (850) 267-3279, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, or at Kitchenique at The Market Shops at Sandestin with cash only.
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