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Tortuga Music Festival 2018: 10 Must-See Acts

From Eric Church and FGL to Snoop Dogg and Cheap Trick, the can’t-miss sets at this weekend’s Fort Lauderdale beach bash

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Eric Church, Lanco and Snoop Dogg are among the must-see acts at this weekend's 2018 Tortuga Music Festival.

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Held each spring since 2013, the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has earned a reputation for beachside concerts benefiting marine-conservation efforts with the Rock the Ocean Foundation. Tortuga is even named after the sea turtles that call Florida’s shores home. But this year, what has primarily been known as a country and roots festival is taking a further step out of its shell.

Kicking off April 6th, the 2018 edition of the fest features an eclectic lineup of musical styles and stars, from slow-rolling gangsta rap to Seventies pop-rock and straight up honky-tonk on two sandy stages. Here’s the 10 artists you just can’t miss this weekend. 

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Dan Tyminski

The majority of fans at Tortuga might not recognize the name Tyminski, but they will most likely recognize Dan Tyminski’s voice. One of the most celebrated vocalists in roots music, Tyminski’s reputation was built on timeless bluegrass authenticity, first as a member of Grammy-vacuum Alison Krauss’ Union Station and again as the singing voice of George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou? Lately, he’s been working with modern sounds, scoring an international hit with EDM favorite Avicii (“Hey Brother”), then releasing a full album in the same vein called Southern Gothic. He’ll deliver a daytime set on the Main Stage Sunday afternoon.

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Dwight Yoakam

Taking the Sunset Stage on Saturday night directly after Shaggy is neo-honky-tonk icon Dwight Yoakam, an odd-couple combination if there ever was one. Yoakam should make it a seamless transition, though, having built his whole career on thinking outside the box. Too twangy and headstrong for Nashville in the Eighties, Yoakam brought back the Bakersfield Sound with his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., and has kept up the restless experimentation through 2016’s Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars … Plus, he can still rock a pair of skinny jeans.

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