Trom-bonefish, clam-bourines and reefality stars!
I think it’s accurate to say that the only place on the planet that you’d find a festival as whacked-out as the Underwater Music Festival is the Florida Keys. Which is meant as a compliment — I’m shaking my head and laughing just imaging the double-takes from the fish in the area!
The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival ‘Reefality Show’ splashes into Looe Key Reef 10 a.m. –2 p.m. July 14, 2012, offering an offbeat takeoff on popular television reality shows with divers and snorkelers costumed as contestants and judges from “Underwater Idol,” “Dancing with the Starfish” and “Subsea Survivor.” Festival attendees might spot iconic former “Idol” judge “Simon Coral” and current judge “J. Lo Tide” or previous “Survivor” winner “Richard Hatchery.”
The concert’s playlist– broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef — typically ranges from humpback whale recordings to ocean-themed songs such as Jimmy Buffett’s “Fins,” Donovan’s “Atlantis” and the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden.”
The festival also carries a serious message of reef preservation. The broadcast incorporates diver awareness announcements emphasizing ways to enjoy the reef while minimizing impacts on the underwater environment.
Interested in participating?
You can reserve space on boats run by Lower Keys dive operators or launch your own boats from public ramps and marinas in the area.