TurtleFest 2017 – Artists & Bands

The Sounds of TurtleFest 2017

Talented musicians Jahfé, Del Pelson, Fireside Prophets and The People Upstairs along with performances by the Performing Arts Academy of Jupiter and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre will take the stage while guests enjoy up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles. In between sets be sure to check out the educational activities, art, shopping, food and beverage, activities for kids and much more!

Main Stage @ 4:30 pm



Genre: Roots-Rock-Reggae
Hometown: Miami, FL

Jahfé is a crowd-pleasing Miami reggae band that has opened for many of the biggest names in the business including Damian Marley, Steel Pulse and Toots and the Maytals. Jahfé are an eclectic group, comprised of heavyweight session players and fronted by Esther Fortune; a commanding reggae front-woman who, like her band, is capable of effortlessly shifting from rock steady to roots, to dub and back again. Jahfé also allows elements of rock and hip-hop to influence their sound, which rounds out their eclectic appeal.

Sha Sanon, and Esther Fortune.


Main Stage @ 2:45 pm

Del Pelson


Genre: Alt. Pop
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Del Pelson is a five-piece Alternative Pop group based out of South Florida, combining catchy indie-pop melodies with the power of alternative rock.

Formed in early 2015, singer/songwriter Cal Nelson and drummer Garrett Kealer met while performing together in a jazz quintet at Florida Atlantic University. Bassist Nathaniel Spiner was then introduced through Garrett, spawning the initial trio of the band. After a year of writing, tracking, and gigging, the trio sought to expand and added Douglas De Jong on guitar and Patrick Montanari on keyboard.

Cal Nelson – Vocals/Guitar
Garrett Kealer – Drums/Vocals
Nathaniel Spiner – Bass/Vocals
Douglas De Jong – Guitar
Patrick Montanari – Keys/Vocals/Sax


Main Stage @ 12:30 pm

Fireside Prophets


Genre: Reggae/Rock Fusion (JAMROCK)
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL

Laid back, soaked in Florida sunshine and all twisted up in reggae-rock – this is Boca Raton’s own Fireside Prophets. Following the success of their debut EP Resinate, the dynamic three-piece group is back in the studio to prepare a full-length album for release in late 2014. Part chilled-out reggae, part slinky rock and all attitude, this is the next up and coming band to keep your eyes on.

While combining classic elements of reggae with hip hop rhythms and the crunchy attitude of 90s grunge, Fireside Prophets coined their own brand of “Dirty South Swamp Rock.” Ideal for fans of Slightly Stoopid, Authority Zero, The Expendables, Sublime or Rebelution, the group consistently pushes the limits while transporting the listener to the fun-loving, palm tree dotted warm shores of Florida.

Justin “JD” D’Alfonso – Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Piano and Ukulele
Oren Gross – Bass, Vocals, Piano, Guitar and Violin
Travis Schmeider – Drums, Percussion and Vocals


Main Stage @ 11:30 am

The People Upstairs


Genre: Supreme energy and infectious hooks
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL

In their 11th year playing and performing together it is the chemistry and camaraderie amongst the band that has been the glue to hold them together. It’s the genuineness that appeals to all, not just the fans. It’s a mixture of brotherly love, low-brow comedy and musical talent that makes The People Upstairs more than a band. They are an act. All this is captured in their latest EP release, “Take it how you want”. With the dance-hall jam “Give me a reason” about making love on the dance floor, to the less emotional and obviously satiric “Always Drunk”. This new EP highlights the boys improved songwriting abilities and is delivered in their highest quality recording to date.

Gabe Rangel, Tony Rangel, Casey Buckley, Chris Prestia, Chris O’Brain


Main Stage @ 11:00 am

Maltz Jupiter Theatre – Conservatory of Performing Arts


The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of all ages and abilities. It provides professional theatre training, as well as tools to develop their imagination and self-esteem. The Conservatory offers classes in dance, voice, acting and musical theatre for students from toddlers to seniors, all taught by Broadway-caliber instructors. In addition to a full schedule of classes, the Conservatory’s workshops and master classes offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the world of theatre from nationally known composers and performers, agents and local instructors.

As a not-for-profit theatre, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, recognizing the importance of arts education for all ages, has made its mission to “entertain, educate and inspire.” The Conservatory offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of every ability and provides professional theatre training, as well as tools to develop their imagination and self-esteem. Conservatory students, in addition to taking classes, are invited to attend workshops that feature local and national talent.


Main Stage @ 10:15 am

Performing Arts Academy of Jupiter


Performing Arts Academy of Jupiter is designed to provide a professional, disciplined, and supportive atmosphere where students of all levels can succeed in obtaining a Performing Arts education.  Regardless of age or whether or not your goal is to become a professional performing artist, we believe that an Arts Education is essential in creating positive results that will last a lifetime.

Our goal is to teach dance, music, and theater as well as an appreciation of each.  Our staff has many years of instructional and personal experiences perfecting their craft.  Their individual love of the arts spills over to the students they teach. This is why Performing Arts Academy of Jupiter will maintain our commitment to the highest standards of excellence in Arts Education.