Over the past weekend, close to 20,000 music fans and nature lovers gathered on Fort Lauderdale Beach for the first ever Rock the Ocean Foundation’s Tortuga Music Festival. More than 20 entertainers performed on three stages located on the sands of South Point Park Beach. Highlights included performances by headliners Kenny Chesney and Eric Church as well as high-energy performances by some of country and rock’s biggest names including Eli Young Band, Jake Owen, The Avett Brothers, and Grace Potter.
In the heart of the festival grounds, Tortuga Fest featured a one-of-a-kind Conservation Village in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The village boasted exhibits from 30 world-class preservation and educational organizations and daily appearances by Guy Harvey himself. Guests were even encouraged to get in on the action where they were given a trash bag and if they brought it back filled they would receive a free tee-shirt from the festival.
Fans definitely didn’t go hungry as local chefs prepared sustainable seafood along with any cuisine they may be craving, while news anchors ran panel interviews with scientists and artists allowing music fans to learn more about ocean preservation and ways to get involved.
Just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Tortuga Music Festival concluded with an extended set from ACM ‘Album of the Year‘ winner Eric Church. The final set of the weekend was followed by a farewell message from Rock The Ocean’s founder Chris Stacey who encouraged festival goers to leave the beach the way they found it by helping to recover litter on their way out, and promising the return of Tortuga in 2014.
“Where can you go see everyone from Kenny Chesney to Lynard Skynyrd to the Wailers on the beach with world class sound, light and overall production,” said Stacey. “It was a magical weekend of music all for a good cause!”