What goes better with sun, sand and surf than a soundtrack of favorite songs shared with friends and family? Add in live performances from today’s top artists, along with the chance to contribute to a great cause, and you’ve got the ticket for the perfect weekend. That ticket would be for the 2016 Tortuga Music Festival, which takes place April 15, 16 and 17 on the soft white sand of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Along with great music from top entertainers, the three-day Tortuga Music Festival was designed to put Fort Lauderdale’s oceanfront location to good use by raising awareness about issues that impact the world’s oceans, supporting marine research and conservation and protecting the festival’s namesake – the sea turtles that nest along South Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment, Rock the Ocean’s fourth annual Tortuga Music Festival features some of the biggest names in country, rhythm, rock and roots. Along with headliners Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley, other 2016 Tortuga Music Festival performers include:
- Sam Hunt (“Break up in a Small Town”)
- Billy Currington (“People are Crazy”)
- Kip Moore (“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck”)
- Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Simple Man” and “Give me Three Steps”)
- Michael Franti & Spearhead (“The Sound of Sunshine”)
- Joe Nichols (“Sunny and 75” and “Brokenheartsville))
- Chris Janson (“Buy me a Boat”)
- iHeartRadio personality Bobby Bones and his comedy band The Raging Idiots
- Elle King (“Ex’s and Oh’s)
- Kristian Bush (one half of country duo Sugarland)
- Kelsea Ballerini (“Love Me Like You Mean It”)
- Many many more
In addition to all of the well-known performers, the 2016 Tortuga Music Festival stages will see emerging artists such as LANco, Waterloo Revival, Native Run, Walker County, Tucker Beathard, Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Ryan Hurd, Courtney Cole and Drew Baldridge.
Music has always been an integral part of the beach scene, so it’s only natural that the Tortuga Music Festival would be held on the shores of one of the most famous beaches in the world. The beach and boating theme has even worked its way into many of the artist’s own songs.
Blake Shelton is well-known for his wistfully funny play on words in “Some Beach.” Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” and “Everywhere” mention Monterey sunsets and Carolina beaches as well as Florida with the mention of Apalachicola.
Dierks Bentley recently debuted his new single, “Somewhere on a Beach,” on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” At the end of his performance, he surprised one lucky audience member with a trip to the Tortuga Music Festival via a private plane. She also gets to bring along five of her nearest and dearest friends. If you happened to catch this episode, you’ll agree that this young lady was more than excited.
While the stages are the settings for the music events at the 2016 Tortuga Music Festival, the Conservation Village plays host to more than a dozen organizations dedicated to marine research and ocean conservation. Concert-goers will have the chance to visit booths, interactive exhibits and touch tanks designed to inform and educate about the need to protect and rehabilitate the oceans of the world.
Last year’s sold-out Tortuga Music Festival drew in more than 75,000 fans and featured Kenny Chesney, The Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Chase Rice, The Mavericks and many more. Take a look through the slideshow to check out some of the highlights from 2015.
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Rock the Ocean’s main mission is to create public awareness about issues that impact the oceans of the world and to support scientific research, education and initiatives through concerts, brand partnerships and entertainment industry events like the Tortuga Music Festival. To date, proceeds from Tortuga Music Festival ticket sales have contributed more than $250,000 to marine and ocean research and conservation.
The Florida Fishing Academy, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP), Bimini Sharklab and Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) are just a few of the many great causes that benefit from the Tortuga Music Festival.
For more information, to purchase tickets and to see a complete line-up of 2016 Tortuga Music Festival performers, please visit www.tortugamusicfestival.com.