ACMA welcomes the return of live acoustic shows

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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. All shows are in a quiet, intimate setting and every show is a meet and greet with the artists. YouTube any of these artists and be prepared to be impressed.
The ACMA welcomes Grant Peeples in concert on Saturday, Nov. 6. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and ACMA member David Hintz will open the show at 7 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.
Fort Myers eagerly anticipating another fun evening with Grant Peeples. He is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and entertaining ballads. He is a pure storyteller in the best American folk tradition.
Door donations are $12 for member and $18 for general public.
For this indoor show masks are required, and the ACMA prefers everyone to be fully vaccinated.

Songwriters in the Plaza Nov. 9
The monthly Songwriters at the Plaza continues on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Cornog Plaza at the Fort Myers Regional Library in downtown Fort Myers. November’s songwriters include Mary Dahl& Carolyn Stanley and Smokey Daytona and The Floridians.
The free acoustic concerts feature all original music. Concerts will 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.
Carolyn Stanley began playing guitar as a teenager learning to finger pick country blues from her older brother. Since then she has played solo, and joined several duos and an eclectic string band.
Mary Dahl performed for 20 years with The Lite Side quartet in Pennsylvania. Their highlights included six performances at the White House, Christmas specials at Hershey Chocolate World and opening for the Kingston Trio.
Carolyn and Mary have forged a harmonious duet and friendship since joining the ACMA
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 song writing.
Martin soon founded “Smokey Daytona and The Floridians,” a trio that features his original songs and covers with the tight harmony, which is their specialty. This trio includes Al Candelaria and Mary Dahl.
Al Candelaria is 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.

Songwriters in the Round Nov. 28
Songwriters in the Round will be held Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. at The Alliance for the Arts and feature Annie Wenz, Marie Nofsinger and Tim McGeary.
Tickets ($15 for members and $16 for non) are available at www.artinlee.org
The Alliance will be accepting the first 132 people for concert reservations. If weather threatens the outdoor concert it will be moved to our indoor theatre for general admission seats. If there is no weather threat we will sell additional tickets at the door the day of the concert.
Annie Wenz has shared her songs & stomped her dusty musical boots through 25 countries around the world… from festivals, ralliess, street corners, schools & arts centers. Her music has been heard on Sirius XM, and radio stations internationally. She’s taught with Roy “Futureman” Wooten of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, collaborated with Dr Jeri Nielsen of the Ice Bound book & movie, and National Boyd Award winning novelist Robert Macomber.
Known as the “Outlaw Songwriter,” award winning songwriter, national touring performer and recording artist Marie Nofsinger will take you on a journey into the soul of America. Lilting melodies, swamp stomp rhythms, as well as jazzy swing tunes carry the lyrics into your memory. Her credits include her CD “Boots” which was voted City Link Magazine’s “Best Acoustic CD of 1999” and the latest 2010 release “The Wildlife Rides Again” chosen as “Best Roots and Acoustic CD of 2010” by the Palm Beach Post entertainment editor.
Tim McGeary hails from Naples where he has lived for the past 20 years. Tim has been writing songs and performing since the ‘80s and was with the band “The Rescue” on AM 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.”

Songwriters circle
Singer songwriters circle ever other Sunday 2-4 PM All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. The circle is for acoustic songwriters of all levels. Songs and experiences are shared in a non-judgmental, casual atmosphere. No membership required. All are welcome to come and play or just to listen. Check Facebook for schedule.

For more information visit online at www.americanacma.org

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