THE SEA SERENADE
THE LOWER KEYS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROMOTES REEF PRESERVATION WITH THE 33RD ANNUAL UNDERWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Sure, you’ve jammed out to your favorite tunes while lounging on the beach, but have you ever tried it beneath the waves? Thanks to the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce’s annual Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef, you can do just that: explore one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world to the sounds of legendary rockers like the Beatles and Jimmy Buffett.
On July 8, special audio speakers by Lubell Labs will be submerged in the ocean, creating an epic soundtrack for your dive. For an even more magical experience, sea-creature costumes are not only welcome but encouraged. (Past festivals have seen clown fish, mermaids—and mermen— and even the beloved Spongebob Squarepants.)
But it’s not all underwater fun and games. The festival’s core purpose is to promote coral reef preservation and awareness, as well as local businesses.
“This is something the Lower Keys Chamber does for our community to share information worldwide about our snorkeling and diving industry,” says the chamber’s executive director, Susan Miller. Along with the music, there will be information on how divers can minimize their impact on the marine landscape, while video footage and photos of the festival will be seen all over the world. “We really want to educate the public about our fragile aquatic environment,” Miller adds.
Scared of deep water? Don’t fret. You can stay on the sand and hear the entire concert broadcast live on the Florida Keys’ US1 Radio. lowerkeys chamber.com
Participants pretend to play mock musical instruments at the Lower Keys’ Underwater Music Festival. Almost 500 divers and snorkelers will listen to a local radio station’s fourhour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers.