Rain or Shine, moved inside if needed.
Smokey Daytona Band
Doug Chaiet, Al Candalaria, Mary Dahl, & Gene Martin
The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free Acoustic concerts of 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.
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit that promotes local artists who perform their own original songs. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Americana music a coming together of blues, roots, folk and country.
Smokey Daytona Band
Smokey Daytona Band Is a band of four very talented local songwriters that are all members of he Americana Community Music Association. They have gathered together to support each other’s music. They perform a mix of originals and songs that inspire them. Their music is Americana, Folk & Roots all performed with wonderful harmonies.
Doug Chaiet, born and raised in New York, formed the Manhattan Avenue Junk Band in the 1960’s, which was highly accalimed, but short lived. He then moved northern Idaho, became a successful builder, raised a family, and continued music as a hobby. He and his wife, Lauren, who is also a musician, evidently had had microchips implanted at bitrth. These were activated, and they moved to Florida in 2004. He has since joined the ACMA, and has written many beautiful songs. He plays folk music style guitar, piano, and harmonica.
Al Candalaria, a jeweler from California, first started his music career as a teenager, and it was an impressive one. His three man group wrote many great songs, among them, “Honest I Do”, and “Gee Whiz” which made it into the teens on the Billboard charts. He also plays guitar, and is a very skilled harmonizer. Al now lives here in Florida and is an active ACMA volunteer. You will find him in the front row at the listening room almost every show.
Mary Dahl, who plays banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, dobro, and charango is a former member of “The Light Side”, a trio who entertained for 20 years in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the DC area. They performed at the White House 6 times for two different administrations, and have also been an opening group for Kingston Trio concerts (Yep, THE KINGSTON TRIO). After moving to Ft Myers in 2007, she joined ACMA and found a welcoming venue for her original songs, all of which are upbeat and inspiring. She is a very active ACMA member, and you will see her teaching children ukulele with her good friend Carolyn Stanley.
Gene Martin, AKA Smoky Daytona, is a radiologist from Upstate New York who has played guitar, banjo, and ukulele since a teenager, and has been a singer in choruses, glee clubs, and church choirs since childhood. After moving to Florida and inspired by other ACMA members, he has started writing music. His song, Florida Sunshine, has received over 2800 hits on YouTube, and earned over $2.00 in profit, WOW!
The band members perform together, solo, and with other projects frequently at The ACMA, HealthPark, Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, and many other venues in the area.