Schooner Wharf Bar wants to
harness it all for the traditional start of the Conch Republic
Independence Celebration at the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest on
Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Locals, visitors and any
other blowhard can compete for prizes awarded for the longest, loudest and
most musical trumpet of Key West’s namesake mollusk.
Six winners will take home gifts from Cruzan Rum and Landshark Lager,
water adventures compliments of Sebago Watersports, Sunset Watersports,
Spirit of Independence, America 2.0 and other treasures courtesy of Schooner Wharf
party explodes with Cayo Ritmo playing from 7pm till midnight. "Cayo Ritmo"
means in Spanish Cayo = Key or
Island, or fallen, Ritmo = Rhythm. The Band plays Island or Key Rhythms,
dance rhythms of the Caribbean, such as: Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Cha-Cha,
Reggae-ton, as well as American dance rhythms: rock, R&B, funk and soul.
Cayo Ritmo plays high-energy dance sets that are sure to get bodies
moving, shaking and winding. The band is usually presented as a rock
quartet Drums, Bass and Electric Guitar and featuring Steel Pan with
everyone singing. Exciting elements include the improvisational inter-play
between the steel pan and guitar, and latin percussion jam sections.
Definitely bring your dancing shoes…
When you’re finished blowing and listening
to Conchs, head over to the Schooner Wharf Galley for conch fritters and
conch chowder and other tasty fare.
Contestants in 2016 Conch Blowing Contest