Music Festivals

Tortuga Music Festival with Kenny Chesney Launches on Fort Lauderdale Beach in April

Things that, as a human being, you need to like include: the existence of the ocean and sea turtles. They both may frighten, sure, but the ocean is a necessity, and it's really relaxing to watch turtles smoothly duck in and out of the water. Even thinking about it makes us fall asle....

Anyway, Rock the Ocean a new organization dedicated to the waters of the world and live music is launching the inaugural Tortuga (turtles!) Music Festival. It's set to take place on the actual Fort Lauderdale Beach, this April with Landshark Lager, Kenny Chesney, and a slew of other musicians involved. The two-day fest will include three beach stages and like eight acts, so wearing sandals and your best Guy Harvey shirt (the WPB band or the old guy fish shirts -- the company is partnering with the org on this festival, in fact) is preferable. 

The show takes place on April 13 and 14, and includes performances by the Avett Brothers, Gary Allan, Eli Young Band, Gary Clark Jr, Michael Franti and Spearhead, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Kip Moore, and Sister Hazel. 

Tickets have been on sale for a week and all the early bird (i.e. somewhat affordable) prices are no longer available. You can go regular beach style for $129, VIP for $649, and super VIP for a super wowzers cost of $1,299. Holy moly that's pricey! Hopefully, the educational materials on saving the planet and local chow will be worth those relatively insane prices. Think of the waves, and the turtles, when when you press "pay." 

Tortuga Music Festival on April 13 and 14. Tickets cost between $129 and $1,299. Visit

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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