ACMA goes virtual, looks for return of live shows

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Like many Southwest Florida venues, the Americana Community Music Association has canceled all indoor and outdoor concerts and turned to live streaming and virtual shows.

The May 2 and 9 shows will not be in person, but there will be YouTube videos on the group’s Facebook page. The local group is awaiting approval from the All Faith’s Board before it can reopen the ACMA listening room there. That board is not expected to discuss that matter until its meeting on May 20.

Meanwhile, the May 16 show featuring Jann Klose (and local Robert Bidney) will be streamed on ZOOM with the link being posted on the ACMA Facebook page later in May.

Jann Klsoe is an award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released six albums and two EPs. Klose was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany and the United States. His latest single “Love You the Most” is part of the soundtrack for the movie “Married Young” and has been streamed over 1.3 Million times on YouTube and Spotify alone. Jann is an ambassador for Desmond Tutu’s TutuDesk campaign. He is the singing voice of Tim Buckley in the movie “Greetings from Tim Buckley” (Universal). His songs have been heard on the Grammy nominated “Healthy Food For Thought” compilation, charted in the Billboard Top 10 compilation “Action Moves People United” as well as MTV Cribs and movies “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and “One Little Finger” alongside Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett and Julian Lennon.

He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde and The Who’s Tommy as well as made for TV movies, voice overs and commercials.
The ACMA calendar for this month also includes Smithson and French on May 23 and Keith Rea on May 30. The ACMA is awaiting word from those artists if there will be any live streaming.

Eli Cook

In June, the ACMA schedule includes Eli Cook on June 13. Eli Cook is a mystifying soul. He’s a keen observer, a provoking thinker and has swagger.
All under that messy blonde hair is a passionate heart with fingers of silver and gold that recalls John Lee Hooker, Chris Smither and Chet Atkins, mixed in with a dirty, grungy sound. It’s clean playing mind you; it’s just his fingers are covered in the dirt left over from the crossroads.
The growl in his voice shows off an emotional connection to the music as a tool rather than decoration. Thomas Earl will open the June 13 show.
For updates, follow the ACMA on Facebook or visit www.americanacma.org.

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