Ft. Lauderdale, you impressed me today. I, admittedly am not a big country music fan. So when we had the initial talks regarding the Tortuga music festival, I was a sceptic. I'd been pushing the promotors hard to bring some rock acts in. I know this town, and I've seen the success of Sunfest in West Palm, and always believed Lauderdale would be the perfect venue for a beach concert. I thought that there should have been a mixture of rock, pop and country, and I will continue to push that envelope in the future. That being said, to see Lynyrd Skynyrd on the beach in "my town", well...I was beaming with pride. Johnny Van Zandt was the prefect Southern gentleman, playing to the pretty much all, "Florida" crowd, and man, when they hit Freebird, the boys didn't miss a blistering note, even if Gary Rossington is the only surviving original member. I still think, in spite of Saturdays brutal weather that the city was shining, one can only imagine this event growing into what Sunfest is today: a mass appeal, world class event in a world class city.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" Guitar Solo at Tortuga Music Fest 4/14/13
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "What's Your Name?" at Tortuga Music Fest 4/14/13
My vantage point during Skynyrd's set.
I'd say it was a success, but lots of people bailed after Freebird. Plus it was 800 degrees.
Anthony Bruno, yours truly and some dude named Mikey. He had to wear the Yanks hat, huh?