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.
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
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
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!”
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!