The Americana Community Music Association (ACMA) starts the month with a Songwriter Showcase at the Fort Myers Regional Library on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. The event will feature a variety of ACMA members performing for the final plaza event of the season. Admission is free to that event.
April showers bring May flowers and Abby Posner to the ACMA stage for a night of great music on Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 18 years. She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can get her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk, roots, electronic, and pop music making her “Genre Fluid.”
If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can play a mean lead-blues guitar solo, or throw down a complex Earl Scruggs banjo riff. You also may have spotted her playing drums, mandolin, or bass while using her looping pedal. In addition to her versatility, she puts passion and soul into everything she does.
Posner has also scored the music for multiple films (Across Land Across Sea, Through Their Eyes, award winning short animation Elizabeth Sees, and recently scored the Award-winning Documentary Lady Buds) while playing and touring all over the U.S.
In 2019, Posner played banjo and sang Wagon Wheel as a featured principal role in Bank Of America’s ad campaign for the Ken Burn’s PBS Country Music Documentary.
In 2020, Abby Posner won the Carl Gage “Give me Shelter in Place” Songwriting Award through the Topanga Folk Festival for her original song Blind Spots, and she received the runner up for her song Emergency Use Only for the 18th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. She was honored to land an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International in 2022 and will be releasing two new records in 2023.
Opening the May 13 show is ACMA member and singer songwriter Fred Ball. Fred says, “I got my musical start in Greenwich Village in the early 60s during The Great Folk Scare. Played primarily folk music until the late 60s when I started playing in a wedding band (if I ever have to play ‘The Shadow of Your Smile’ again I might throw up).” In 2005, Fred recommitted himself to his music and moved to Florida in 2018. “I started out running the open mic at George and Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grill until COVID shut it down. I have played local gigs at Woody’s, Hooked, The Perch at The Wyvern in Punta Gorda, and The Paradise Deli.”
Tickets are available at the door. Door donations are $12 for members and $18 for general public.
The ACMA Summer of Love concert is set for Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the listening room. Members of the ACMA and All Faiths will be performing songs from the “Summer of Love.” They suggest that attendees dress appropriately for the occasion. Flowers in your hair, sandals on your feet and bell bottoms if they still fit. Door donation is $10.
The ACMA Songwriters Circle will go to every other week for the summer. This free event is held on Sundays at All Faiths and is open to all songwriters.
The ACMA welcomes Rebekah Pulley to the listening room on June 17. Rebekah Pulley is a St. Petersburg based singer-songwriter whose music has been described as jaw dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul whether performing solo, as a duo or with her band, The Reluctant Prophets. With a musical career spanning three decades, she’s etched out a fruitful living in a diverse setting of house concerts, bars, coffeehouses, and festivals.
The ACMA listening room is located at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.
For more details and schedules, visit www.americanacma.org
ACMA Songwriters Showcase is Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. inside the library in downtown Fort Myers.