ACMA welcomes Cliff Eberhardt Dec. 3

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The Americana Community Music Association is Fort Myers home for original Americana music. The ACMA provides venues for local and touring artists, many are award winning performers in the Americana/folk community.
Cliff Eberhardt will be on the ACMA listening room stage on Saturday, Dec. 3. Louise Mosrie will open the show at 7 p.m.
Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pa., he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt and Mississippi John Hurt.
New York was an ideal musician’s boot camp. Though he put in long hours as a taxi driver, Cliff worked steadily on his music throughout the ‘80s, doing solo gigs and studio work, and playing guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie and others. Singing advertising jingles for products like Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet (“The Heartbeat of America” campaign) allowed him to devote more time to his songwriting.
In 2011, Cliff got a phone call from the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. They had been listening to his song, “That Kind of Love” along with director Aaron Posner and got the brilliant idea to hire Cliff to write original songs for the Shakespeare classic “The Taming of the Shrew.” It would be set in the old West – Deadwood style – and Cliff would be cast as the blind but wise old saloon singer bookending scenes with his poignant songs and guitar phrases. The play was a huge success and won much critical acclaim across town and 7 weeks of solid sold-out shows in the Spring of 2012.
In 2013, Cliff was nominated for a coveted Helen Hayes Award for Sound Design and he and the cast won for Best Ensemble and Best Play.
Admission at the door is $12 for members and $18 for non members.
Singer songwriters circle is held every Sunday 2 – 4 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.
The ACMA is a non-sectarian not for profit organization. For more information visit


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