A Musical Evening with Mr. Butler

Lisa Tate

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Summer is coming to a close and Gerard Butler’s latest action romp, Angel Has Fallen, is hitting theaters any day now.

That means August is #ButlerFest! At this time, the social media world sets aside its political bickering and narcissistic selfies to come together as one and celebrate all things Butler!

Of course, if custom means anything, there’s the ceremonial blood sausage feast, followed by the Glenlivet toast. But call me sentimental as my favorite tradition is the annual Butlerpalooza Festival in which Mr. Butler himself regales us with an intimate concert for invited guests.

Guess what? We’re all invited to the Butlerfest party this year, so don your kilt and grab your sword, while Gerard Butler whips out a few favorite tunes.

Any good concert has to start out rousing and getting the audience on their feet, so here’s Butler giving us his best Jim Morrison with “L.A.Woman” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

We’re going to bring it down a little, with something just for you couples out there. You know who you are, because you make the rest of us want to throw up in our mouths a little bit. For you, Butler offers “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”

What would a Butler concert be without something traditional? In the cryfest P.S. I Love You, he gives us, “Galway Girl.”

Ah yes, those old songs never age, but often the crooner does with undeniable grizzaldness. Butler demonstrates this with a short and slightly depressing rendition of “The Light Will Bring You Home” from one of his more recent films, The Vanishing.

Now it's time for the closing number; the one all Butlerfest celebrants wait for with great anticipation. Silently the senses abandon their defenses, and Mr. Butler concludes his evening of song with “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera.

Thank you all for coming. Mr. Butler will make an appearance to greet guests after the show. So ladies, line up on the left for make-out sessions and men, gather to the right for high fives.

Butlerfest only comes once year, so let’s make the best of it.

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