Tortuga Music Festival ready to ‘Rock the Ocean’
Spring break may be over, but the fun in the sun is just heating up as music festival season is upon us.
Don't have the money, time or flower crown to make it to Coachella this weekend? Good, because you don't want to miss the beachy (read: boozy) country-fusion weekend that is Tortuga Music Festival. College Living is heading up to Ft. Lauderdale beach this Saturday and Sunday to get in on the action. The two-day festival is jam-packed with amazing acts -- from headliners including Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Jake Owen to newcomers such as the blonde country duo Maddie & Tae. Here are just a few of the many performers we're looking forward to seeing:
1. The Mavericks
Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the Sunrise Stage
As true South Florida natives, the Mavericks are just plain cool. With an eclectic mix of country twang, Latin flare and some badass rock ability flare, we already know we can't miss this show.
2. Josh Turner
Saturday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the Sunrise Stage
Our favorite soulful crooner will take the stage just as things are heating up. Josh Turner is no newbie to the country scene and has a pretty large following, so we're making sure we get there early o snag a spot close to that deep, angelic voice.
3. Doobie Brothers
Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the Tortuga Stage
if you don't know who the Doobie Brothers are, it's time to get with the program (or maybe even ask your parents). Big in the 1970s, this rock group has a following comprised of all ages. Impress your elders at the concert by maybe even learning some lyrics beforehand.
4. Brooke Eden
Saturday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. on the Sunset Stage
Brooke Eden is one to watch! Billed at the same time as country superstar (and fellow Florida native) Jake Owen, the up-and-coming perfumer released her debut country album at the beginning of this year. Talk about a slingshot into fame for this University of Florida alumna.
5. Kenny Chesney
Saturday, 8:15-10:15 p.m. on the Tortuga Stage
Do we even need to say it? Perhaps the most highly anticipated performer of the weekend is good ol' Kenny. And are we surprised? With the perfect combination of country style ad chill vibes, Mr. Chesney has a spot on everyone's beach playlist. We're preparing for large crowds, screaming ladies and lots of beer drinking.
6. Maddie & Tae
Sunday, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Tortuga Stage
hese girls are worth fighting the traffic to get there early. With a sound reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks ear and enough sass to playfully call out the "bro country" singers for objectifying women (See: "Girl in a Country Song"), this duo is all about the girl power.
7. Colt Ford
Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the Sunset Stage
Nothing says country like Colt Ford. His ever-growing fan base follows him not only because of his music, but because he's a just a really cool guy. His country boy charm and unassuming humbleness make him one fun performer to watch live.
8. Sublime With Rome
Sunday, 4:30-5:50 p.m. on the Sunrise Stage
If you thought Tortuga was just for country music, you thought wrong. Our favorite band that made us feel like super cool super chicks in high school - and for some of us, in college too - is gracing the Sunrise Stage to rock all our ska-punk favorites.
9. The Dirty Guv'nahs
Sunday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. on the Sunset Stage
o say these guys are passionate would be an understatement. The Dirty Guv'nahs, who were actually founded as a joke back in 2006, are all grit and soul. With a sound dubbed "roots rock," the Knoxville, Tenn. group unites country and alternative rock in a way that makes your boots (combat or cowboy) stomp along.
10. Zac Brown Band
Sunday, 8:15-10:15 p.m. on the Tortuga Stage
Everyone should see Zac Brown Band live at least once. On top of their authentic, acoustic sounds, these guys can really jam. There's no better way to end the weekend of fun with a little bit of 'Chicken Fried.'