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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Country music lovers and beach lovers will join as one this weekend in Fort Lauderdale at the Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival gets underway.

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Day 1 of the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach on April 6, 2018 (CBS4)

The 3-day festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday from noon – 10:00 p.m. each day at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard.

As many as 20,000 people are expected at the event each day.

The headliner for Friday night is Florida Georgia Line, one of the biggest names in country.

“I’m so excited to see Florida Georgia Line!” screamed one fan as the opening act took the stage.

And there’s lots more big names taking the stage this weekend.

“Florida Georgia Line, I’ve seen a coupe times,” said Katie Blinn who traveled to Fort Lauderdale from Indiana.  “Russell Dickerson, I saw 5 times last year.  I love him.  I’m excited for Eric Church, Cheap Trick. I’m really excited,” she said.

For those who love the music but want more creature comforts than a sandy beach, they’ve got you covered in the VIP section.

“Our VIP fans can hop in the pool,” said Chris Stacey, the founder of the Tortuga Music Festival.  “They’ve got amazing upfront viewing experiences , amazing food and catering and food trucks and amazing culinary experiences on site,” he pointed out.

This is more than music, it’s also about ocean conservation.

Coversation Village is set up to teach people about how to be friendly to the environment. “Whether it’s bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, or trying not to use plastic straws or carpooling, eating sustainable seafood there’s so many things we can do every day to change how we impact the ocean,” said Allana Waldman from Nova Southeastern University.

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Here’s the entire weekend lineup:

Friday, April 6: Florida Georgia Line (8:25 p.m.), Snoop Dogg (7:10 p.m.), Lee Brice (6 p.m.), Lanco (5:10 p.m.), Chase Rice (4:20 pm.), Michael Franti & Spearhead (3:35 p.m.), DJ Rock (3 p.m.), Russell Dickerson (2:30 p.m.) and Jon Langston (1:35 p.m.)

Saturday, April 7: Keith Urban (8:25 p.m.), Dwight Yoakam (7:10 p.m.), Kip Moore (6 p.m.), Shaggy (5:10 p.m.), Dan + Shay (4:20 p.m.), William Michael Morgan (3:35 p.m.), Sister Hazel (2:50 p.m.), Seth Ennis (2:20 p.m.) and Adam Craig (1:35 p.m.)

Sunday, April 8: Eric Church (8:25 p.m.), Cheap Trick (7:10 p.m.), Brothers Osborne (6 p.m.), Dylan Scott (5:10 p.m.), Cadillac Three (4:20 p.m.), Jordan Davis (3:35 p.m.), Tyminski (2:50 p.m.), Muscadine Bloodline (2:20 p.m.) and Lucie Silvas (1:35 p.m.).

Expect parking to be a challenge because there is no designated parking area and traffic will be heavy on all roads leading to the event.

Concert-goers are encouraged to use Water Taxis, regular taxis, Uber and Lyft.

Water Taxi is running boats 11 a.m.-11 p.m. each day between three locations, including the Riverside Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the GalleryOne DoubleTree Suites near the Galleria Mall, and the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, near the convention center garage. Parking is free at the Galleria.

Taxi, Uber and Lyft pick-ups and drop-offs are limited to the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex parking lot at 501 Seabreeze Blvd.

Brightline has also added a later train between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach to its Friday schedule, with the last train leaving Fort Lauderdale at 10:55 p.m., arriving in West Palm Beach at 11:35 p.m.

The Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives.

Over $1,000,000 has been given back to their Conservation Village partners as a direct result of ticket sales and donations from Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.

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Ted Scouten