The coconut cake at this party is not of the white-frosted layer variety, but, instead the music variety. While the island-flavored band (with Michael Libramento, Evan Martin, Dave Mack and others) plays all too rarely — their last show was on Halloween — it (like its namesake dessert) is sweet and worth the wait. (In Libramento’s words: “basically Libro Does Congolese Rhumba and Friends. Members of Floating Action and Jar-e.”)
That said, Coconut Cake’s Tuesday, Feb. 21 performance at BoBo Gallery is more than a chance to get into a tropical groove. The band plays a benefit for Erik Johansen, a local waiter who recently tore his achilles tendon. According to the Facebook invite, Johansen “has not been able to work in three weeks and will not be able to work for many more. He has a baby coming on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (a C-section) and his fiancee will have to stop working very soon. The $5 cover will go towards helping them out in a tough situation and to help the baby by allowing mother Angie Dahm to stay home with the baby as long as possible as she is a bartender and doesn’t have paid maternity leave.”
The show runs from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. and opens with Holiday Childress of The Goodies. He puts on his one-man-show including theatrics, stories and his wicked falsetto. Coconut Cake plays the middle set and DJs Seirra and EB finish out the night with a dance party.
So. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. at BoBo Gallery. $5 cover. Two bands, two DJs, great cause.