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23
Mar

Squirrel Hillbillies! ACMA member Ralph Leesburg opens. Featured

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of acoustic roots music, spanning folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They perform regularly at festivals and folk clubs as well as non-traditional venues across the US and the UK. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories,…

30
Mar

Shawna Caspi with Joe Virga opening! Featured

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Shawna Caspi performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired…

04
Apr

Songwriters at Sunset 5:45 Metts, Jordan, Williams Featured

April 4 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

FOLKS (Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.) has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free Acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people. Additional seating is also available on the sand. The Folks group will offer a Beach BBQ fundraiser at the show. www.friendsofloverskey.org The ACMA is a Fort Myers based organization that promotes local artists who…

06
Apr

Sharon Goldman in concert. Chuck Williams opens Featured

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SHARON GOLDMAN is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter whose "intense, insightful, vivid" storytelling is a "clinic in how to paint an indelible picture with the simplest images and symbols." (Alan Young, New York Music Daily). Over several well-received albums released over the past decade, she has combined heartfelt portraits and memorable lyrics with unforgettable melodies and expressive vocals — taking a folk/pop sensibility to new artistic heights. She performs regularly at house concerts, folk coffeehouses, festivals, arts and cultural venues and…

09
Apr

Songwriters at the Plaza, Chuck Williams, David Hintz, Ross Jordan Featured

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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…

13
Apr

Songwriters at the Library . Estero, Season Finale Featured

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The ACMA is a Fort Myers based organization that promotes local artists who write and sing their own original songs. Come hear great original acoustic music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase. Helping us close out the season will be multiple ACMA Artists along with a closing All Star Jam

13
Apr

8 Ball Aitken returns! Bill Steel opens Featured

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Australian slide-guitarist and songwriter 8 Ball Aitken has spent more than a decade on the road playing 200+ shows each year worldwide. He tours either with his band, or as a one-man-show. 8 Ball's 2018 album release SWAMP BLUES hit #2 on the Australian Blues charts and single HIGH WATER hit #1 on the Australian AMRAP Radio Charts. 8 Ball is special to the ACMA. He was the first musician to play at our All Faiths Venue. Ask about the…

27
Apr

Jefferson Ross. Ray Cerbone opens Featured

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Southern folk artist, Jefferson Ross, is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. Based in The Peach State, Jefferson travels throughout the U.S. and Europe performing his original music and sharing his art.   Jefferson is an ACMA favorite. He's been with us since the beginning and never fails to entertain with his warm whiskey voice and extraordinary finger picking. Join us for a wonderful evening!   Ray Cerbone plays mostly fingerstyle…

11
May

Nmbr11 at the ACMA with Bill Veach opening Featured

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NMBR11 (pronounced Number-Eleven) is an international act created by artists Bernard Bulhack and Yeshiva Lex. The band was born on May 11th 2012 after Bernard and Yeshiva met while joining a blues project. Their interest in other genres drove them to branch off to create a duo and eventually full band as well. They are double 2017 Global Music Awards Winners in the Duo/band category and for their song “Please Forgive Me.” Born and raised in South America (Chile and…

18
May

Dan Navarro in concert. ACMA member Andy Getch opens. Featured

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dan started as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, The Triplets, Dutch star Marco Borsato, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir. In the 1990s and 2000s, he and Eric recorded and toured as the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned smoothly into a busy solo career over the past…

08
Jun

Ellen Bukstel in concert. Carolyn Stanley opens! Featured

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

From Menopause to Marijuana! …Peace to Politics! …Poignant to Provocative! …Ellen Bukstel writes and sings about it all! This type of happy-sad, life embracing, fear-overcoming emotional schizophrenia truly captures the spirit of modern independent music making—whatever the artist feels in that moment, she shares…and whatever else Ellen is, she’s not shy about it making her audience “sit up and think…laugh til they cry…and sometimes all at the same time!” A veteran to the stage since childhood, she has been honored…

15
Jun

Kenny Cox in concert! Paul Elliott opens Featured

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kenny Cox was born in Tampa & his family moved to Texas when he was a young child. They lived right next to the church where his father was preacher and Kenny had access to a full drum set and other musical instruments when he was only six years old. As was the family tradition he learned to sing and play music right there in that church. Years later he became an in demand "singing drummer" in Nashville. It was…

29
Jun

Michael Reno Harrell! Opener Silvia & Pete Popravak Featured

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South... the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer. One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well warn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. A typical day for Michael might include a program for 4th graders in the afternoon and a…

13
Jul

Tim McGeary at the ACMA. Ross Jordan opens Featured

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tim Mcgeary hails from Naples, Florida where he has lived for the past 20 years. Tim has been writing songs and performing since the 80's 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…

20
Jul

Alan Rhody, Drew Dintzer Opens Featured

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alan Rhody is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist, harmonica player and record producer, with ten solo albums to his credit and over 100 covers of his original material. Rhody tours year-round and what he loves best is “connecting with an audience and having a great time.” His latest release, his tenth indie album, “Farther On” has earned critical acclaim from folks like, music journalist and author, Robert K. Oermann - “Music City troubadour Alan Rhody has a new CD titled…

24
Aug

Brian Smalley in concert! Houseboat Jim Visone opens Featured

August 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - February 22, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Brian Smalley returns to the ACMA. With his lightening fast fingers and innovative lyrics a Brian Smalley show is always amazing!. We can't wait to have him back in our neck of the woods! Brian Smalley lives in Florida. Where is Brian from? That’s a trickier question to answer. By the time he turned 18 his family had moved all across the country more than twenty times. So, it’s no surprise that wander-lust found its way into Brian’s soul, as…

07
Sep

The 502s in concert. Carlene Thissen opens Featured

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Once again the high energy indie folk group will crowd onto the ACMA stage to bring a little of everything to our stage! They were a hit last year, bringing new faces and songs into our venue. We are looking forward to having them back again! "The 502s are a charismatic indie folk band from Maitland, Florida and they've got enough energy to take on the world." - No Depression Listening to their lighthearted gang vocals and buoyant trumpet lines,…

14
Sep

Grant Peeples in concert. David Hintz opens. Featured

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Grant Peeples is no stranger to the ACMA stage. He loves our concept of a Listening Room....and he has a lot to say. His shows are a roiling mix of funny stuff and not-funny stuff. He doesn’t do a lot of lo-ooove songs. When appropriate...he’s been known to play a few ‘off-color’ tunes. 😊 He has made ten studio records, three live recordings and two poetry books. He tours coast-to-coast, primarily as a solo artist, but often with a side…

05
Oct

Cliff Eberhardt in concert, Louise Mosrie opens. Featured

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cliff had such a good time last year at the ACMA he wants to do it again. And he's bringing Louise with him! The review by J Allen pretty much sums it up! Cliff Eberhardt may have come up on the same '80s East Coast singer/songwriter scene as Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, et al., but even from the beginning he had rock & roll -- and even pop -- aspirations. His early albums found him leaning toward Springsteen-esque…

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