Tortuga Music Festival

Sun, sand and a drink in my hand. Tortuga Music Festival was a collision of my two favorite worlds — country music and island life. Festival-goers left the cowboy boots at home and went barefoot in the Florida sand to watch a lineup of 25 bands in two days.

Alanna "hanging out" with Colt Ford's guitarist, Spanky!

Alanna “hanging out” with Colt Ford’s guitarist, Spanky!

Saturday: Old Dominion, Will Hoge, Judah & The Lion, David Nail, The Mavericks, Drake White and the Big Fire, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Chase Bryant, Doobie Brothers, Brooke Eden, Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney

Photo credit: Alanna Massey

Photo credit: Alanna Massey

Sunday: Maddie & Tae, Cadillac Three, Frankie Ballard, Nikki Lane, Colt Ford, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Sublime w/ Rome, The Band Perry, Dirty Guv’nahs, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band

Photo credit: Alanna Massey

Photo credit: Alanna Massey

These artists kept the good times rollin’! It’s safe to say everyone walked away a little bronze (or fried) and in need of a weekend to recover from the weekend.

Shout out to the guy sleeping in the sand with a straw hat on and Corona in his hand. It was only 2 p.m. on the first day and he was out while thousands of people stepped over and around him.

 

I asked the Doobie Brothers if they had any advice for surviving Tortuga Festival. They said, “Stay hydrated. Don’t forget the sunscreen. And, as always, listen to the music. And drink a lot of beer!”

 

Alanna with The Doobie Brothers.

Alanna with The Doobie Brothers.

Well, straw hat Corona man certainly listened to the last bit of advice, as did hundreds of other festival-goers. I’ve never seen so many people sleep through headline performances. Tortuga will do that to ya. Pace yourselves, my friends!

It was my first Tortuga Music Festival experience, and I can guarantee you I’ll be back. Between people-watching and listening to incredible music all weekend, I’m hooked and already planning the next big adventure. Who wants to come next year? ROAD TRIP!

Photo credit: Alanna Massey

Photo credit: Alanna Massey

 

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