Coun­try mile: It’s a South­ern-style fi­esta at Tor­tuga Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, where you’ll see coun­try leg­ends like Luke Bryan per­form live on the beach.

KENNY CH­ES­NEY, LUKE BRYAN, AND CHRIS STA­PLE­TON HEAD­LINE FORT LAUD­ERDALE’S FIFTH AN­NUAL TOR­TUGA MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL, BEN­E­FIT­ING THE ROCK THE OCEAN FOUN­DA­TION.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY BECKY RANDEL

The heart of coun­try mu­sic will once again beat on the sands of South Florida as some of the genre’s big­gest stars per­form here this month, all in the name of marine con­ser­va­tion. The three-day, mul­ti­stage Tor­tuga Mu­sic Fes­ti­val—which last year drew al­most 100,000 fans—is a lively ocean­side coun­try and roots mu­sic bash. A South­ern-style cel­e­bra­tion of tunes, brews, and lo­cal bites, the fes­ti­val raises aware­ness of is­sues af­fect­ing the world’s oceans through an in­ter­ac­tive Con­ser­va­tion Vil­lage, with a por­tion of ticket pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing ocean re­search and preser­va­tion. And this year’s event in­tro­duces The Reef, a daily ticket up­grade that guar­an­tees you a spot right in front of the main stage. Here’s the break­down:

What: A mu­sic fes­ti­val to ben­e­fit the planet—three­quar­ters of it, any­way—pro­duced by Huka En­ter­tain­ment. “Word has spread, both in the artist com­mu­nity and with fans world­wide, that our vibe and com­mu­nity make for coun­try mu­sic’s ultimate beach party,” says Evan Harrison, the com­pany’s CEO.

When: Fri­day, April 7 (with Luke Bryan head­lin­ing); Satur­day, April 8 (Chris Sta­ple­ton); and Sun­day, April 9 (Kenny Ch­es­ney). Who: Along with the three head­lin­ers, ex­pect a slew of coun­try fa­vorites, like Brett El­dredge, Alan Jack­son, Dar­ius Rucker, Maren Mor­ris, and Old Do­min­ion, plus hip-hop artist Nelly and pop star Daya, among oth­ers. Giv­ing Back: Since 2013, the Rock the Ocean Foun­da­tion, which co­founded the fes­ti­val, has raised more than $300,000, help­ing to fund marine re­search, education, and con­ser­va­tion both lo­cally and glob­ally. How Much: Three-day gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets cost $229. VIP pack­ages, which of­fer front-row seats, cock­tails, swim­ming pool ac­cess, ca­banas, and more, start at $999. Where: Fort Laud­erdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale; tor­tuga­mu­sic fes­ti­val.com

“OUR VIBE MAKES FOR COUN­TRY MU­SIC’S ULTIMATE BEACH PARTY.” —EVAN HARRISON

Rid­ing a wave of sup­port from our ocean-lov­ing com­mu­nity, the Tor­tuga Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­turns to raise funds for global and lo­cal con­ser­va­tion groups, in­clud­ing South Florida’s Sea Tur­tle Over­sight Pro­tec­tion and the Reef En­vi­ron­men­tal Education Foun­da­tion.

Luke Bryan joins Kenny Ch­es­ney and more than 30 artists from the worlds of coun­try, roots, rock, pop, and hip-hop at the fes­ti­val, which last year drew nearly 100,000 mu­sic fans to Fort Laud­erdale Beach Park (ƚƛƨưƞ).

A four-time win­ner of the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion’s En­ter­tainer of the Year award, Kenny Ch­es­ney head­lines clos­ing night of this year’s Tor­tuga Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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