TurtleFest 2018 – Artists & Bands

The Sounds of TurtleFest 2018

Talented musicians Surfer Blood, Bryce Allyn Band, The Helmsmen, Del Pelson, along with performances by 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 p.m.

Surfer Blood


Genre: Indie Rock
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach’s Surfer Blood fuse sunny surf rock charm with indie rock cool. Guitarist/vocalist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz have known each other since high school; they started playing together and soon connected with guitarist Thomas Fekete and bassist Kevin Williams, officially becoming Surfer Blood in spring 2009. They began recording and touring almost immediately, laying down tracks in Pitts’ apartment and embarking on four tours in their first five months together

Prior to the band’s debut EP release, Surfer Blood were pegged to be the opening act for Pixies’ 2011 tour. Working with former Pixies producer Gil Norton, they delivered their more polished major-label debut, Pythons, in June of 2013. After debuting the new single “Dorian” in February 2015, the band announced that guitarist Fekete was suffering from sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and was leaving the band. After signing to Joyful Noise Records, they delivered their third LP, 1000 Palms, in May of that year. Following the late 2015 departure of longtime bassist Williams — who was replaced by old high-school friend Lindsey Mills — in May 2016 Surfer Blood reported that former guitarist Fekete had succumbed to cancer. The band’s ambitious 2017 album, Snowdonia, was the first to feature Mills and guitarist Michael McCleary.

John Paul Pitts – Vocals, Guitar
Tyler Schwarz – Drums
Michael McCleary – Guitar
Lindsey Mills – Bass


Main Stage @ 2:45 p.m.

Bryce Allyn Band


Genre: Conscious Music
Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Singer Bryce Allyn gained his early momentum fronting the stellar south florida band Boxelder. His endless message of spiritual love and awareness has gained him a prolific following over a 20 year span. Insightful lyrics along side a passionate delivery have garnered his fans acceptance better than any South Florida artist to date. His discography goes back over eight albums with Boxelder, B-Liminal and Bryce Allyn.

An epic rendition of Midnight Rider produced by reggae great Wayne Jobson is his latest release. He continues to write and perform with a well anticipated full length release coming soon.

Bryce Allyn Rutkowski – Vocals
Mike Kerr – Guitar
Yazmani Velazquez – Bass
Ryan Weidenfeld – Drums
Tyler Kulik – Drums


Main Stage @ 1:00 p.m.

The Helmsmen


Genre: Island Indie
Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Their lineup completed in 2014, Jupiter, FL-based band The Helmsmen began their foray into original music with “The Homework EP” in June 2015. The following year, they released “Midterm,” a 6-song EP featuring the singles “Rollercoaster” and “Ankles,” to a packed house at The Kelsey Theater in Lake Park, FL.

Not one genre could adequately define their sound, a uniquely South-Floridian amalgam of indie, rock, surf, and folk music.

Jesse Glendinning- Ukulele/Vocals
Derek Campbell- Acoustic Guitar/Sax/Vocals
Jacob Constantakos – Electric Guitar
Micko Paparo – Bass
Samuel King – Drums/Vocals


Main Stage @ 11:30 a.m.

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 @ 11:00 a.m.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company is a select group of students who perform throughout the community in a variety of settings.  Their goal is to create inspiring performances that entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Through rehearsals and performances, cast members experience increased self confidence, improved team building skills, and the opportunity to participate in peer to peer guidance. The Company performs at about 100 events annually, and does not charge a fee.



11:00 a.m. – Albert Rodney (Steel Drums)
3:00 p.m. – Franklin (Acoustic Guitar)