Eric Church Added as Second Headliner Along with Kenny Chesney for Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach April 13-14 Presented by Landshark Lager

New Additions to Line-up Include: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Wailers, Donavon Frankenreiter

The Bright Light Social Hour, Dangermuffin, and RayLand Baxter


WEBWIRE – Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nashville, TN --- Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 --- EMI Records Nashville platinum-selling country music artist and seven-time 2013 ACM nominee Eric Church has been added as a headliner for Rock The Ocean’s inaugural TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL, April 13-14, 2013, presented by Landshark Lager. The two-day music festival produced by HUKA Entertainment, will play host to twenty plus pop, rock and country artists who will perform on three stages, located directly on the beach. 

Today, the festival announces additions to their star studded line up including: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Wailers,  Donavon Frankenreiter, The Bright Light Social Hour,  Dangermuffin and RayLand Baxter. Previously announced artist include:  Headliner Kenny Chesney, The Avett Brothers, Gary Allan, Jake Owen, Gary Clark Jr., Eli Young Band, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sister Hazel, Kip Moore, Gloriana, and G. Love and Special Sauce.

Tickets for the festival are currently on sale at www.tortugamusicfestival.com.

The sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach will be turned into our oceanfront festival grounds, making Tortuga Fest, a music and ocean lover’s paradise. Fans will enjoy music performances with the sun and stars above, an ocean breeze in the air, and sand under their feet. Local culinary fair, sustainable seafood as well as traditional festival favorites will be served.

In partnership with Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Ocean Conservancy, a one-of-a-kind Conservation Village will be located on site to educate audience members and provide them with the information and tools they need to help preserve the world’s oceans.  Join us April 13-14! Celebrate and preserve the ocean.
 
About Rock The Ocean:
The Rock The Ocean Foundation is dedicated to supporting scientific research, education and increasing public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans. RTO teams up with high profile musical artists and entertainers, who will perform and participate in events that educate the public on marine conservation.  RTO, founder Chris Stacey is an avid ocean lover, diver and 20 year music industry veteran.  Tortuga Music Festival will bring to life his vision, uniting the best and brightest in music, working to raise awareness about the issues currently impacting our oceans and their delicate ecosystems.

About Eric Church: 
EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church catapulted into national success with the release of his debut country album, Sinners Like Me, which produced radio hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me” and went on to sell over 500,000 copies (RIAA-certified gold). His follow-up, Carolina, also certified gold, spawned top hits “Love Your Love The Most,” “Hell On The Heart,” and the single Church calls his game-changer, “Smoke A Little Smoke.” Awarded the ACM New Solo Vocalist of the Year Award in April 2011, Church celebrated the chart-topping release of his third studio album, CHIEF, shortly after in July 2011 with sales exceeding 145,000 in the first week--landing him at the top of the Billboard Albums chart. Moreover, CHIEF topped numerous “Best of 2011” lists including those compiled by Rolling Stone, iTunes, Amazon, NPR, SPIN and more and even garnered Church his first GRAMMY nomination for Country Album of the Year. The success of the record and outpour of fans’ support drove Church to launch a 2012 arena headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, in January 2012, with Pollstar naming the tour a Top 10 within the first quarter. In June 2012, less than a year after its release, CHIEF became RIAA-certified platinum with the help of Church’s first two No. 1 singles, “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen.” The acclaimed performer has since been a featured performer on the ACM Awards, CMT Awards, ABC’s televised special, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, and most recently on the CMA Awards where he was the most-nominated artist and took home the award for Album of the Year. With his latest single from CHIEF, “Like Jesus Does,” swiftly moving up the Billboard charts, and seven 2013 ACM nominations, Church is preparing for a live album release of Caught In The Act: Live on April 9, 2013 and a series of stadium performance alongside Kenny Chesney this spring. For a full list of Eric Church tour dates and updates on his latest career happenings, visit www.EricChurch.com.
 
About Landshark Lager and Ocean Conservancy:
Landshark Lager is a refreshing island style lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co., created in collaboration with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.  Landshark is proud to partner with Ocean Conservancy to encourage adults to get involved in cleaning up beaches and coastal waterways.  Through science, advocacy, research, and public education, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires and empowers people to speak and act for the oceans.
Ocean Conservancy is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has offices in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific, with support from more than half a million members and volunteers.  To learn more, visit www.landsharklager.com/oc
 
About HUKA Entertainment: 
HUKA Entertainment, producers of The Hangout Music Festival, creates and produces top tier live music events.  Its team has successfully executed on music festivals, arena shows, and club dates over the years.  In 2011, Pollstar named The Hangout Festival Of The Year, and the 3-day event continues to sell out annually.  In 2010, following the Deep Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf, HUKA Entertainment was hired to produce Concerts For The Coast, a series of waterfront shows, which supported economic recovery in the Gulf region. Concerts For The Coast artists included Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley and Bon Jovi.  HUKA Entertainment is based in New Orleans, LA
 
About Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation: 
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is a leader in international efforts to protect our oceans and marine environments. The GHOF advocates for sustainable fishing practices, funds inspired scientific research and supports innovative educational programs. Our principle objective is to help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish. GHOF has led or assisted include the establishment of a shark sanctuary in Bahamian federal waters, the addition of five species of sharks to Florida’s protected list and the enactment of the U.S. Billfish Conservation Act. In the fall of 2012, the GHOF led a petition drive in support of the National Conservation Law in the Cayman Islands. The GHOF also assisted the launch of the first catch-and-release fishing tournament in Venezuela.
 
  
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Contact for Festival:
hbpr - Heather Bohn – 615.298.4056 –  heather@hbprnm.com
 
For Guy Harvey:
John Bell – 954.970.3394 –  prseitz@bellsouth.net
 
For Rock The Ocean:
Chris Stacey – 615.498.7548 –  ccs@rocktheoceanfest.com

For Eric Church:
Ebie McFarland - 615.327.3259 -  ebie@ebmediapr.com
Amanda French - 615-327-3259 -  amanda@ebmediapr.com
Fount Lynch - 615-524-7848 -  fount.lynch@umusic.com



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