THE SEA SER­E­NADE

THE LOWER KEYS CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE PRO­MOTES REEF PRESER­VA­TION WITH THE 33RD AN­NUAL UN­DER­WA­TER MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL.

Ocean Drive - - Front Runner - BY KATIE JACK­SON

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.

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