Sunday, July 15, 2007

500 enjoy music underwater for Keys Music Festival

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It as music under the sea Saturday, as more than 500 scuba divers and snorkelers listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped in beneath the waves in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Musical selections at the annual Underwater Music Festival included the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" and Jimmy Buffett's "Fins."

This year, two local musicians, singing in the station's studio, premiered songs, and opera was added to the program for the first time.

Some divers wore costumes and imitated musicians including Elton John, Sammy Hagar and Sonny and Cher.

"I think it's totally unique," said Louise Trewavas, of London. "Not only do you have this amazing spectacle, you have all the fantastic fish that come to listen and take part in the festival."

The event at Looe Key reef also had a serious side. Public service announcements about coral reef preservation were played between musical selections. Link

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