The Sounds of TurtleFest 2023
Talented local musicians Tasty Vibration, The Holidazed, Jay Valor and more, along with performances by local school groups will take the stage while guests enjoy up-close encounters with our resident marine life exhibits. In between sets be sure to check out the educational activities, art, shopping, food and beverage, activities for kids and much more!
The Leafy Greens Band
Main Stage @ 10:15 a.m.
Genre: Acoustic Rock & Soul, Americana
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
With a name that embodies being green in the sense of always growing, this acoustic rock and soul duo settled into the Americana genre with their music incorporating several styles. When writing songs, they don’t limit themselves to one style, but instead create music to tell their stories that they hope will inspire others. With the dream of energizing the spirit and freeing the audience of all concern through an immersive, passionate musical experience, Ellen Skogman and Billy Kensinger started performing together in January 2019.
The audiences felt such a connection with The Leafy Greens Band that the duo played over 150 shows around Florida that first year. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, they continued to play and began recording their first original album, “A Song About…” releasing 11/10/2021! With only 3 years into their music careers, they are on their way to a long standing journey pursuing their passion with each other and sharing it all with the world.
Ellen Skogman - Vocals, tambo and shaker
Billy Kensinger - Guitar and vocals
Main Stage @ 12:15 p.m.
Genre: Reggae/rock with modern technological inspiration
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, FL
With very diverse styles, our five piece reggae/rock/funk band, will capture your imagination, take a hold to ya soul, and put your mind on shuffle. We focus, find, and combine our passions to creating progressive/heart pounding reggae/rock with modern technological inspiration.
*Formally "Down to Earth", Holidazed has been around since April 20th 2009. Hailing from Jacksonville Beach, FL, they have shared the stage with many major touring artists such as (Bob Marley's) The Wailers, Authority Zero, Supervillians, Passafire, and Ballyhoo.
Nick Garnett - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
Curtis Brown - Bass, Vocals
Gabriel Rangel - Drums, Vocals
Shaun Rosario - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Dustin Roller - Keyboards, Vocals
Andrew Mayo - Saxophone
Spencer Dillman - Percussion
Main Stage @ 2:00 p.m.
Genre: Island Jam Funk Rock with a splash of hip-hop
Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
Birthed from the shores of Pompano Beach Florida, Tasty Vibrations have been shredding the gnar as a five piece band since 2018. Their eclectic “Jam Band” sound has made them very popular in the local Broward area (voted "Best Local Band 2020 & 2021 Fort Lauderdale Magazine), yet they still attract a more contemporary crowd with influences of Reggae, Funk, and Hip Hop. They are known for having high energy on stage and delivering electric performances that captivate crowds of all sizes and backgrounds.
Max Accetta - guitar
Bobby Boutin - drums, backing vocals
Sean DeBeltrand - lead vocals, ukulele
Tony Testa - keyboards
Booey - bass
Main Stage @ 3:45 p.m.
Genre: A tasteful blend of soul and Americana
Hometown: South Florida
Jay Valor is a breath of fresh air in a musical climate lacking substance. Jay Valor and his band have given South Florida music a run for its money providing quality songs filled with passion and immense attention to detail. From bars to bayous Jay Valor's songs have touched a variety of music lovers in Florida and beyond.
After 4 years of persistence and commitment, Jay Valor released his first EP titled Born to Run.
Jay Valor - Vocals, guitar
William Jeremy Bryan - Drums
David Palmar - Bass
Eddie Castineira - Guitar
Trent Watkins - Fiddle