If you're going to stage a concert on the beach, there's no more appropriate artists to recruit than Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Jake Owen. All three are set to perform at the third annual Tortuga Music Festival, set for April 11th and 12th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chesney and Brown will each headline one night of the weekend event.
Launched in 2013 — Chesney headlined then too — the Tortuga Festival is part concert, part conservation effort, with a focus on preserving the oceans, beaches and marine life of the world. Staged in conjunction with the Rock the Ocean Foundation, Tortuga raised more than $100,000 for ocean research.
Along with Chesney, Owen and Brown, who makes his first appearance, the lineup includes such country-radio acts as Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, David Nail, Sam Hunt and Frankie Ballard, along with more left-of-center artists the Mavericks, the Cadillac Three, Nikki Lane and Drake White. In a display of the country audience's widening taste, California ska-rock group Sublime (with singer Rome Ramirez replacing the late Brad Nowell) is also on the bill, with more artists to be announced soon.
Advance tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET.