Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams Jr. are among the new acts added to the lineup for the 2014 Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderale beach April 12-13.
The two country firebrands join headliners Luke Bryan and Eric Church, Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and reggae favorite Ziggy Marley on a diverse bill for the second annual event, which raises money to support ocean conservation.
Other previously announced acts include rockers Train, punk-funkateers Slightly Stoopid, country crooners Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge, folky Brett Dennen, roots rockers Delta Rae, former “Survivor” star Chase Rice, Cole Swindell (“Chillin’ It”), Nashville heartthrob Frankie Ballard (“Helluva Life”), and indie purists the Revivalists (New Orleans), White Denim (Austin) and the Brothers Osborne (rural Kentucky).
Along with Bentley and Williams, other additions announced Tuesday morning include Brantley Gilbert, Parmalee ("Carolina"), 38 Special and Eric Paslay. Tortuga organizers also announced that festival partner CMT will broadcast its popular “Hot 20 Countdown” show from the festival, with performances and interviews with the concerts’ stars.
The ocean-friendly Tortuga Music Festival is a partnership between the Rock the Ocean Foundation’s Chris Stacey, a former Fort Lauderdale diver and music-industry veteran now living in Nashville, and New Orleans-based HUKA Entertainment.
More than 25,000 locals and a strong showing of tourists turned up for the first Tortuga festival on the sand north of the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Three stages were positioned around the Conservation Village, which included educational displays from leading local ocean conservationists such as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
Festival tickets are on sale at TortugaMusicFestival.com, with two-day general-admission tickets starting at $165.
Ticket proceeds and donations at the 2013 festival raised more than $70,000 for the marine conservation organizations.