Kenny Chesney, Avett Brothers Headline 2013 Tortuga Music Festival

Kenny Chesney, Avett Brothers Headline 2013 Tortuga Music Festival

The first ever Tortuga Music Festival will feature Kenny Chesney and the Avett Brothers.

The event will be held on the beach Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on April 13-14, 2013, and the extensive festival lineup also includes Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, G. Love and Special Sauce, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gary Clark Jr., Kip Moore and Sister Hazel, among many others.

“This is not your average music festival,” festival producer A.J. Niland told “This festival will showcase world class talent, with world class amenities on a world class beachfront setting. More importantly, it is a festival with a purpose.

The organizers of the festival have partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Ocean Conservancy to provide a Conservation Village that will be set up at the festival. The Village will provide information and tools to help preserve the oceans of the world.

“We get to use our voices to draw attention to some of the problems affecting our beaches and our oceans,” Mike Eli, frontman of the Eli Young band, told “For example, overfishing and shark finning. Did you know 200,000 sharks are killed everyday just for their fins to make shark fin soup? Someday, I want my grandchildren to be able to experience what I’ve experienced. I want them to see the beauty of the ocean. It’s great to be a part of a festival that’s trying to spread the word, making sure the ocean is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Eli Young bassist Jon Jones also spoke about how important it is for their fans to get involved.

“We hope by speaking up, we can help to impact the choices our fans make and encourage them to get involved,” he said. “There are so many issues impacting our oceans and coastlines – overfishing and pollution are just a start… It’s important for us to call attention to these issues and chip in where we can.”