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Country’s premier beach bum Kenny Chesney and his summer tourmates Eli Young Band are getting their feet wet in the name of ocean preservation. Kenny and EYB will join rock and country acts, including Gary Allan, The Avett Brothers and Kip Moore, for Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, a two-day concert held on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 13–14.
“I’m totally a beach guy and this is an opportunity to be a part of something we love and would hate to lose. I would hate for my grandchildren to lose it, too,” says Mike Eli, who is excited to perform on the first day of the festival with Kenny.
“Kenny and the ocean go hand-in-hand,” adds guitarist James Young.
The concert, in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, will include a special Conservation Village to teach fans about the importance of the planet’s oceans.
That’s especially appealing to EYB bassist Jon Jones.
“Our coastlines have been more in the media in the past few years, because of oil spills and natural disasters happening, but this is more of what everyone can do day-to-day,” he says. “It’s not just about the big things that happen, but an ongoing process that needs to be in everyone’s conscience.”
Chimes in drummer Chris Thompson, “We’re proud to be of a generation that takes the environment seriously and protecting the planet as a whole.”
Other artists set to appear include Gloriana, Gary Clark Jr., Sister Hazel and a second headliner yet to be announced. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 15, at tortugamusicfestival.com .