South Florida is notoriously known for becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It does not matter if you are talking about new housing development, rampant job growth, or overall national rankings, Miami is the place to be. So it seems perfectly reasonable that the same logic would apply to the greater South Florida music scene.

When we talk about music, Miami is most commonly associated with the ever-growing techno (and electronic dance music) scene. With concerts like Ultra Music Festival, it is hard to walk away from that nationally accepted reputation. But for true South Floridians, we know there is more than just club music. Unlike the bigger musical cities like Los Angeles, New York City, or Boston, Miami has a more eclectic taste where techno, hip-hop, and Latin are commonly birthed on every corner. But one of the most popular genres, even rivaling that of techno and electronic dance music has been the country music scene.

For many people, country music can be seen as a hit or a miss. While some may argue that a majority of the songs sound alike, the genre itself has become a representation for the realities of the American life. Every song and every lyric complements every emotion we experience on a day-to-day basis. In fact, melodic toe-tapping songs can force a person to roll down their car windows, reminisce about old times, mourn a particular loss, or enjoy the jams with good friends and company. With that being said, South Florida’s country music scene has been consistently growing year after year. While many country stars may not be birthed from the sandy beaches of Miami, they are definitely attracted to the location, especially with South Florida’s Tortuga festival.

With their fourth-annual April three-day concert, Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, commonly referred to Tortuga, was able to successfully roll out their spring concert this past weekend. The annual spring festival, usually held at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, is aimed to raise awareness and support for ocean conservation, where a good portion of the ticket precedes go towards improving and saving our waters. In addition to its association with such a great cause, Tortuga highlights incredible entertainment with a strong focus on country, rock, and a variety of roots music. Some past performers have included Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Bad, Lynyrd Skynyrd and much more.

For this past weekend, Tortuga was able to expand and roll out a three-day festival, which inherently sold out in just 45 minutes. While the South Florida weather had its on-and-off days, the music festival was definitely one in the books. With performances from Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Old Dominion, and much more, Tortuga was able to surpass every single person’s expectations. So if you enjoy the southern and Midwest style of country, I urge you to attend their next festival. All I know is that I’m just waiting for April to roll around again.