ACMA Songwriters on the Plaza Feb. 11

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The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts take place in the amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved indoors depending on weather.
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit that promotes local artists who perform their own original songs. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate songwriters showcase.
The next Songwriters on the Plaza will be Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and feature Tim McGeary, Kip Lawrence and Ray Cerbone.
Tim McGeary hails from Naples, where he has lived for the past 20 years. Tim has been writing songs and performing since the 80’s and was with the band “The Rescue” on A&M records and toured with Billy Idol, Roxy Music, Depeche Mode, The Cure and many more. Recently Tim got a publishing deal in Nashville as a songwriter. His songs have been featured on TV shows (Smallville, One Tree Hill,Glory Days) and movies like, Girl Got Moe (HBO), Most recently he had 7 of his songs placed in two full length motion pictures, ” In Mysterious Ways” and “The Knowers.” His most recent band Wonderful Johnson, opened for bands, The Black Crows, David Ball, Sherrie Austin, Confederate Railroad, Wet Willie, Rush Low and many more.
Kip Lawrence toured the country with his legendary band The Yard Dogs spreading the gospel of the music they created called “Florida Swamp.” Since his first recording as a solo artist (Alone With A Song), he has released 12 albums of original music.
His former company Musikip Entertainment was assistant to the creator of BMI’s Key West Songwriters Festival, Nashville’s Drew Reid, and was a consultant to founder of The Frank Brown Songwriter Festival Joe Gilchrist.
Kip founded The SW Florida Songwriters Fest (three years), The SW Florida Blues Fest (10 years) and F.I.S.H. Fest (5 years).
Ray Cerbone is one of the founding members of the Fort Myers ACMA. Ray began playing guitar during the early 70’s folk scene. With the support and inspiration of fellow local and touring musicians, he began writing and playing in earnest in 2010. Traveling a long road in a short time, his music encompasses many genres, including Americana, folk, blues, ballads, and a little bit of country. His storyteller style takes the listener to another place in time, his music and lyrics bringing evocative insights into the many sides of life. Ray is also a singer-songwriter’s song-singer. Ray’s recently released CD, “How Much Time” has received glowing reviews and is being featured on KEOS Radio in Austin, Texas, 98.1 in South Florida as well as others.
For more about the local ACMA, visit www.americanacma.org

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