Jazz Festival

The Atlantic Beach Inaugural Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Cultural Arts and Recreation Advisory Committee, brings Jazz to the community with this Inaugural event on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 3-8 pm.  

WJXT Morning Show Anchor, Nikki Kimbleton will be the guest emcee welcoming jazz band ensembles:  The University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble I; Kelly Scott Sextet with Dave Steinmeier; Gary Starling Jazz Band; and Chris Thomas 15 piece jazz ensemble band.  Bring your chairs and blankets, sit up front near the stage, kick back and relax in the tree canopy park.  The City will also provide chairs in the back for those who prefer solid seating.

Food vendors Culhane's Irish Pub, Kosmos Kettle Korn, Mangroves and Shakti Kitchen along with food trucks Balu's Surf Shack, Mother Truckin' Pizza, What's Smokin' will have food and drinks for purchase (ID required for Culhane's Irish Pub tent).  An afternoon and evening event you won't want to miss at Johansen Park - 1300 Seminole Road Atlantic Beach.

This year's winning poster, created by  Kurtis Loftus, will be available for sale as keepsakes and other items with the poster logo embellished at the Jazz Festival on September 15th.

Winning Artist's Statement:
I am honored to have my painting "Musical Seashell" selected as Atlantic Beach Jazz Festival's Inaugural artwork. Living and working in all three Beach communities for most of my career has given me a wonderful appreciation of the creative energy that exists.

The Musical Seashell represents what can be imagined when ideas are given a chance to prosper. A willingness to share and a place to gather is all it takes for the transformation to happen.