ACMA welcomes Passerine, Adam Ezra, Matthew Sabatella

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The Americana Community Music Association keeps the live music going in the with intimate concerts at their listening room in Fort Myers.
The upcoming schedule at the listening room includes Passerine on June 1, Adam Ezra Group on June 8 and Matthew Sabatella on June 22.
Additionally, the ACMA and Shell Point Retirement Community present Mean Mary on June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tribby Arts Center. Tickets for that show are available online at www.tribbyartscenter.com or 239-415-5667.
The ACMA welcomes Passerine on Saturday, June 1.
Formed in 2009, Passerine’s distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of the fiddle and dobro (resonator slide guitar), the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, this dynamic group offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana.
Passerine is singer/songwriter/guitarist Carmela Pedicini, David Brain on dobro, Sara Stovall on violin and vocals, and Doug Conroy on bass guitar and vocals. They stay busy touring around Florida. Outside of Florida has taken them as far north as Maine and Massachusetts. In 2017, Passerine spent a month in Germany during an international European tour. Their latest album, “Shiny Things” was released in May, 2023.
ACMA member and singer-songwriter Fred Ball opens the June 1 show.

Adam Ezra Group


Adam Ezra Group performs June 8. Working outside the confines of the traditional music industry, Adam Ezra and his bandmates – Corinna Smith (fiddle), Alex Martin (drums), Poche Ponce (bass) – built a community of fans through sheer grit and determination, regularly performing hundreds of shows a year for the past two decades without any major label or mainstream radio support.
Fusing folk intimacy and rock energy with soul power and pop charm, the band first emerged from Boston in the early 2000’s and quickly garnered widespread acclaim for their bold, insightful songwriting and interactive, euphoric performances. From hole in the wall bars and house concerts to sold-out headline shows and dates with the likes of Little Big Town, The Wallflowers, Gavin DeGraw, Train and The Wailers, Ezra and his bandmates treated every single gig like their last, attracting a die-hard following that believed not just in the music, but in their commitment to activism and social change, as well.
ACMA member Bruce Gallant will open the June 8 show.

Matthew Sabatella


Matthew Sabatella will be on stage at the ACMA listening room on June 22. With vocals, guitar, and banjo, Matthew Sabatella connects people with music that is woven into the fabric of the United States. For more than two decades, he has followed the threads of traditional folk song, revealing a tapestry of music created by American colonists, pioneers, sailors, lumberjacks, immigrants, ’49ers, farmers, mountaineers, slaves, soldiers, cowboys, railroaders, factory workers, and activists.
In his performances, Sabatella tells his own story of discovery while digging deep into his repertoire of folk, bluegrass, old-time country, fiddle tunes, Appalachian music, ragtime, blues, spirituals, railroad and cowboy songs, work songs, sea shanties, Old World ballads, and more.
As a singer, instrumentalist, recording artist, performer, speaker, and writer, he illuminates the connection between music and the story and people of the United States.
Houseboat Jim Visone will open the show on June 22.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. for most listening room shows. 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 or follow them on Facebook.

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