Huka Entertainment, producer of country music’s most unique beachfront event, announced that attendance at the Tortuga Music Festival 2017, topped last year’s record-breaking count. More than 100,000 people donned sunscreen and sandals for the fifth annual event at Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park in Ft. Lauderdale, which featured an impressive array of talent, including Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Nelly, Slightly Stoopid, and Maren Morris.
Highlights included: Kenny Chesney being joined on stage by members of Old Dominion for “Save It For A Rainy Day,” Chris Stapleton debuting four new songs from his ‘From A Room: Vol. 1′ album, Alan Jackson’s “5 O’Clock Somewhere,” Darius Rucker’s solo material, Hootie and the Blowfish classics and cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Nelly bringing his #1 fan onstage, the crowd singing every word to Maren Morris’ “My Church,” and Daya. Millions also tuned in on Facebook Live to watch surprise pop-up performances curated by Tortuga and Grand Ole Opry. These “Opry Circle Throwdowns” featured performances by Drake White, Granger Smith, Michael Ray and others.
In addition to the music, an intricate part of Tortuga Music Festival is conservation awareness, and Huka works diligently to leave the beaches in immaculate condition once the music ends. Several beach clean-ups were completed before the Tortuga Music Festival with organizers removing hundreds of pounds of debris from Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park, now in better condition than prior to the festival. At the 2017 Rock the Ocean Conservation Village, festival goers learned about marine life and ocean conservation efforts by engaging with more than 30 non-profits and businesses, including the Guy Harvey Foundation, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P.), University of Miami, Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, and Surfrider Foundation.