5 must-see artists at Tortuga Music Festival
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The Tortuga Music Festival is almost upon us, and that means that thousands of music fans will be hitting Fort Lauderdale Beach for some fun in the sun and great music blistering from the stage.

With a lineup that’s getting more diverse every year, the Tortuga Music Festival will bring in a number of great artists that will be looking to line the sun-tanned crowd on the oceanfront, and to break things down even further, here are the five artists that you must see at this year’s festivities.

5. Luke Combs -- Sunday, Apr. 9

He may be a newcomer to the country music scene, but there is nothing green about Luke Combs. Describing himself as an “outlaw,” Combs has been blazing a different trail ever since he arrived in Nashville. With his first single, “Hurricane,” making waves on country radio, this rising star will look to showcase his tangy style of country music to the masses in Fort Lauderdale.

4. Ashley McBryde -- Saturday, Apr. 8

She’s no stranger to the county world, having been on the scene for the past 10 years. But it has taken some time for Ashley McBryde to gain some traction, and now, everyone knows who this songbird is. Her voice, sense of humor, and command can hold a crowd captive and in awe, which is exactly why you need to check out her set at Tortuga.

3. DJ Bad Ash -- All Weekend Long 

As mentioned in the intro, the Tortuga Music Festival is diversifying its roster. Though it’s still a country music festival at heart, the roster is growing more diverse by the year. DJ Bad Ash is among those more diversified artists that are scheduled to make an appearance at Tortuga this year as the Los Angeles-based DJ will bring her intoxicating mix of pop and country to the masses in Fort Lauderdale. Don’t miss out on her set.

2. Nelly -- Saturday, Apr. 8

We know what you’re thinking. Why is Nelly making a stop at a country music festival? Well, if you haven’t been listening to his music of late, you will know that he has diversified his offerings to combine the best of hip-hop, R&B, and country into his unique sound. He collaborated with country music’s super duo Florida Georgia Line to create “Cruise,” which went 6x Platinum, which has more than granted him entry to one of the genre’s largest festivals.

1. Darius Rucker -- Friday, Apr. 7

What else can you say about Darius Rucker? The former Hootie & The Blowfish singer and guitarist has been one of the Gods of the country world for the past decade, landing one smash hit after the other. Rucker is a fixture at Tortuga, and as many will say year-in-and-year-out, this is an act that you should not miss. (Catch Darius Rucker at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on Aug. 1)