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ACMA: Sounds of Discovery at Lovers Key

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On Thursday, Jan. 6, a Sounds of Discovery acoustic concert will take place at the new Welcome and Discovery Center at Lovers Key State Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by the concert at 5:30 p.m.
Friends of Lovers Key, FOLKS, has joined with The Americana Community Music Association to offer acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts will take place in the new Welcome and Discovery Center at Lovers Key State Park. All shows are an intimate song writer’s showcase, with the artists taking turns performing their own compositions and telling the stories behind the songs.
The musicians will be available at the break and after the show to discuss their music. Before, during intermission and after the show, visit the exhibits in the brand new Samelson Exhibit Hall of the Welcome and Discovery Center. Docent tours will be offered.
The three ACMA musicians who will be performing are J. Robert, Ricky Baker Cegelis and Karen Cohen.
Born a fourth generation Floridian, J. Robert enjoys sharing his “Florida Fiddler Show” – a musical monologue of Florida History, Heritage, and Hope! J. Robert is a multi-instrumentalist who also performs on violin/fiddle, guitars, mandolin, dobro, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, and has produced several albums with the Trinidadian Steel Pan. J. Robert’s “true heart” is his songwriting and movie scores. J. Robert’s song “Florida Fiddler” won 1st place in the 1994 Will McLean Festival, thanks to Pete Seeger’s fine judgment.
Ricky Baker Cegelis is local singer songwriter that has performed solo and with a few different bands throughout the Fort Myers area. He is a excellent songwriter, guitar player and harmonica player. Ricky picked up a guitar at age 45 for something to do while recovering from foot surgery. His wife decided that if she was going to have to listen to him sing she’d better get him to take some vocal lessons. Having been bitten by the performing bug he started seeking out open mics in the Bar Harbor and Bangor, Maine, area.
Karen Cohen began playing guitar as a teenager, finger picking traditional folk songs and contemporary acoustic musicians of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Blues Revival at that time was on her radar, but her interest in Delta style and pre-war blues was not piqued until 2005. Role models for Woman Blues players were far and few between, but Karen became inspired by two modern day trailblazers; Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block.
Ticket pricing will include two glasses of wine or bottled water, as well as park entrance fee. Ticket pricing is $25 per person and can be purchased through Eventbrite or the FOLKS website at


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