Hukilau Nights with Coffee Butler & Friends – Sunday, April 23rd
Legendary Key West performer Lofton Coffee Butler will rekindle the memories of the gone but not forgotten – Allan Merrill’s Hukilau nightclub. It will be a seminal evening of music from his 20 years of “Hukilau Nights” remembering old friends that he had performed with like the late Buddy Chavez and Bobby Lowe.
Lofton “Coffee” Butler was born and raised in Key West. Family and friends called him Loffy except for one friend that kept mispronouncing Loffy as Coffee. Soon the name Coffee stuck.
After attending Francis Xavier School, Butler studied music at Frederick Douglass High School and learned to play the piano. His favorite musicians were Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Torn between music and baseball in his early life, Butler was encouraged by Ellen Sanchez, his high school music teacher, to pursue music. In the Jim Crow era, baseball, she felt didn’t provide the opportunity that music would ultimately provide. Sanchez wrote a song The Beautiful Isle of Key West which Butler sang to Harry Truman during the dedication of Truman Avenue.
Alongside Coffee will be special guests Cliff Sawyer, Robert Albury, Clayton Lopez and Mina Lopez. Hukilau Nights will be Coffee Butler’s third appearance at the newly renovated Key West Theater, with two previous sold out shows, produced by Ralph de Palma. Tickets for April 23rd are available online at www.thekeywesttheater.com or by calling 305.985.0433.