Come Sunday

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Gospel Brunch “Come Sunday”     Most agree that gospel music is the roots of blues and jazz. Key West’s Bahama Village has deep gospel roots. In fact, historically Bahama Village is the center of Keys music in general. The music of Bahama Village revolved around gospel, blues, and jazz. There is a venerable mural, […]

A Music Masterpiece family

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A Music Masterpiece family   The Key West Lopez family have musical roots that trace back four generations and even further to their Bahamian music roots. Clayton Lopez is older brother to Calvin, and sister Wilhelmina (“Mina”), all gifted vocalists. Another brother Carlton is deceased. Clayton seemed to always have some kind of stringed instrument […]

Key West Version of the Buena Vista Social Club

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Key West Version of the Buena Vista Social Club By Ralph De Palma   With help from family and friends, I was able to talk Coffee Butler out of retirement to help launch my second volume of The Soul of Key West at a December 2015 concert. Since that sold-out concert, “Coffee Butler and Friends” […]