ACMA Songwriters on the Plaza Feb. 13

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The Lee County Library has joined with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA) to offer free concerts of all original music by local artists.
Concerts will take place in the amphitheater located on South Cornog Plaza on First Street. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved to the meeting rooms located next to the amphitheater if needed depending on weather.
The next concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. and feature The Floridians and The Mystic Trio.
These two groups will play together and play separately for a night of music that will have a little bit of something for everyone
Gene Martin has been singing in church choirs and choruses since childhood, playing guitar since his teen years and joined the ACMA in 2016 when he began songwriting.
He soon founded “Smokey Daytona and The Floridians, that featured original songs and covers with the tight harmony.
Al Candelaria was a member of the trio The Innocents and is a BMI songwriter.
Highlights include being featured in the PBS special, “Rock, Rhythm, and Doo Wop” in 2001 and being inducted into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame in 2014.
Chuck Dettmann adds wonderful vocals and guitar
Carolyn Stanley began playing guitar as a teenager learning to finger pick country blues from her older brother. Since then she has performed solo, joined several duos, and currently performs in a trio with her husband David Stanley and friend Mary Dahl.
Mary Dahl performed for 20 years with The Lite Side quartet in the PA, MD and DC areas. Some of the highlights of their performances include entertaining six times at the White House for three different administrations, Christmas specials at Hershey Park Chocolate World and opening for the Kingston Trio at the Carlisle Theatre in 1996.
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit promoting local artists who perform original songs. What to expect, you will hear singer-songwriters sharing a lifetime of experiences in song and the inspiration behind the songs. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Americana music is a coming together of blues, roots, folk, bluegrass, and country. Lots of room to spread out so bring a friend.
The remaining dates are March 12, April 9 and May 14.
For more about the ACMA, visit the website at and follow them on Facebook for updates.


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