Gulf Coast Jam
Tickets are on sale for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on Sept. 26-28 in Panama City Beach with Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, The Charlie Daniels Band, X Factor Winner Tate Stevens, Darryl Worley, Blackberry Smoke and more than 30 other acts. The jam will feature music on six stages, including three daytime beach stages and the main headline stage at Frank Brown Park. General Admission tickets, good for all three days, are on sale for $119 and will continue increasing in increments up to $189. Tickets, lodging packages and more info: GulfCoastJam.com or 888-512-7469.
New Sushi Bar
Firefly, which received Florida Trend magazine's Golden Spoon Award for the third year in a row, recently expanded with the addition of four private dining rooms and a new sushi bar. Reservations:(850) 249-3359 (FFLY) or FireflyPCB.com.
Sharp Dressed Men
Put on your Cheap Sunglasses and head to Aaron Bessant Park Amphiteater on May 24 for ZZ Top's all-ages concert. Tickets: HessEntertainment.net.
Kenny Loggins Concert
The Gulf Coast State College Foundation is hosting Kenny Loggins for a dinner and fundraiser supporting the school's Culinary Arts Program. Click for info and sponsorship opportunities. The dinner and concert will be May 10.
The WaterColor Inn and Resort was one of 226 places showcased by Forbes Travel Guide in its 55th annual listing of five- and four-star hotel, restaurants and spas. The WaterColor resort also offers fine dining at Fish Out of Water.
Spring Break Winds Down
Be sure to visit our online gallery for a collection of Spring Break 2013 photos including concerts, sun, sand, suds, surf (and other important 'S' words).
Panama City-based author Michael Lister received a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards "general fiction" category for his recent mystery, "Blood Sacrifice." This is his second Florida Book Award. He debuts his next noir novel, set in 1940s Panama City, during a party at CityArts and a discussion at the Library.
Best Beach on Earth?
The readers of Travel+Leisure magazine recently voted Seaside one of the best beaches on the planet, ranking it No. 1 for families. The original "new urbanist" community on Scenic 30A will be a central location for the Songwriters Festival this weekend.
Pat Benatar In Concert
She's going to hit Panama City with her best shot in just a couple of weeks. Tickets are on sale for a Marina Civic Center concert by Pat Benatar, touring with full band led on guitar by her husband, Neil Giraldo. Produced by Hess Entertainment, the greatest hits show will be March 28. Buy tickets.