The Tortuga Music Festival

2 Days of Sand, Sun And Music

Day 1

On April 13th and 14th Rock The Ocean brought the Tortuga Music Festival to Ft, Lauderdale Beach. It was an awesome 2 days of sand, sun, and great music! There were so many great bands on hand but for me there were some highlights.


It was my first time seeing Mac McAnally, play solo and it was a great show as expected! Mac is a true story teller and amazing performer.


Michael Franti rocked the Sunrise Stage and brought down the house early! Leaping into the audience to sing and dance with the crowd several times was awesome. His energy was electric and seemingly endless! This was another first for me and as a plus I got to meet him in the media area!

The final show of the night for us was Kenny Chesney. What can be said about this performance besides it was amazing. Not just his performance but the fact that we could smell the salt air, had our feet in the sand, No Shoes Nation flags flying in the breeze back dropped by the ocean and of course the man himself. I just saw KC play in Tampa but it really seemed as if the salt air added another level of energy to his performance!



Day 2

Day two I was a tad late to rise from the day before and made it in time to see some of The Bright Light Social Hour and the tail end of Kip More. Both put on great performances. But I left Kip’s set to go post up for the incomparable Grace Potter!




Again a first for me and she met and acceded all I was anticipating. From her rock & roll shredding to her soulful ballads I loved and hung on every chord and every word. I’ll go ahead and admit it, she may be my new love. Out of anyone else there I would have loved to meet her for one minute and say thanks for making such great music.

I had gone to see The Wailers but found myself in need of food after too much beer and sun but not enough to eat. But after recharging I caught The Avett Brothers performance. This is another band I was unfamiliar with but became a fan at the show. I suggest checking them out for sure.

But next it was time to post up at the Tortuga stage for Jake Owen; yet another first time for me! Brother Jake killed it and may have been the perfect performance for this festival being a fellow Florida Native. The crowd loved him and he loved the crowd. You could really see he was having a great time up there.



To wrap the whole thing up was Eric Church. I only saw a small part of his show in Tampa opening for KC so I was excited for this one…and wow what a show! I was a fan going in but this solidified that for me. Many country artist have blended country and rock but in my opinion non better that Eric has.




I missed some bands but it was still a great 2 days on the beach. But stay tuned and get ready for Tortuga Music Fest 2014! I’ve already got my ear to the ground for the details! And for more pics from this years event keep an eye out on Facebook for the rest to be uploaded soon!


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