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Crowds love Kenny Chesney, Tortuga Music Festival

Crowds love Kenny Chesney, Tortuga Music Festival

Headliner Kenny Chesney got the biggest crowd and the lustiest applause on opening day of the inaugural Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale beach on Saturday, but he wasn’t the only star that people were talking about.

A day that began in gloom and rain, which challenged festivalgoers intermittently throughout the afternoon,  culminated in an evening pulled straight from a tourism bureaucrat’s best-case file:  Country superstar Chesney striding into bright sunlight to the sound of “Feel Like a Rock Star” as a crowd (surely in excess of the 20,000 prediction) went wild. More than 90 steamy minutes later,  as the “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” encore prompted...