FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) -- Tens of thousands of music-lovers hit the sand Saturday for the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale.
Top country and rock artists in the line up include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley and Train among others slated to perform at the two-day festival.
"Everybody's pumped up, really. It's a ton of people right up against the stage and the artists have been awesome," said attendee Tim Reed.
Tori Bolding, who also attended the event, added, "It is a family event and there is something for everyone. They've got the alcohol and the music and the beach. You can't beat it."
Attendees were also treated to marine conservation exhibits.
"I really like the mission behind it 'Rock the Ocean," said attendee Chris Vazquez.
A portion of the ticket sales go to support ocean rescue groups.
"We've got a sea turtle rescue. We've got people working with sawfish. We've got the Guy Harvey Research Institute showing some of the shark tracking work they do so it's really from inshore to offshore. We've got the entire ocean covered," said Greg Jacoski of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
The event is being held at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park and will last until Sunday.
It starts at 11:00 a.m. and continues to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.
While a portion of the beach is designated for the music festival, approximately six miles of public beaches remains open to the public.
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