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ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza, Fred Ball, Matt Hannam, JD Lashley.

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza, Fred Ball, Matt Hannam, JD Lashley.
The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer FREE concerts of all original music by local Artists. Concerts will take place in the Amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved to the meeting rooms located next to the amphitheater if needed depending on weather.
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit promoting local artists who perform original songs. What to expect, you will hear singer-songwriters sharing a lifetime of experiences in song and the inspiration behind the songs. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Americana music is a coming together of blues, roots, folk , bluegrass, and country. Lots of room to spread out so bring a friend.
Fred Ball started off in Greenwich Village in the early 60s during “The Great Folk Scare”. Played primarily folk music until the late 60s when he started playing in a wedding band. In 2005 Fred recommited himself to his music when he moved to Florida in 2018 and start running the open mic at George and Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grill until COVID shut it down. You can find Fred out and about performing local gigs at Woody’s, Hooked, The Perch at The Wyvern in Punta Gorda, and The Paradise Deli.
Songwriting has become Fred’s passion as well as photography in videoing other musicians. The ACMA is lucky to have Fred as a member he’s always willing to volunteer and help out.
Matt Hannam is a covers artist and songwriter who performs as a solo artist, and with his six piece band The Collective. Matt is a former school teacher that has worked in the Telecommunications industry for the past 21 years. He has been a member of the ACMA since the founding year, and is a former board member of both the ACMA and Hope by Song.
Past regular solo and duo performances include World of Beer University Parkway (2016 to 2019), and Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant (2016 to 2020). He has also played at various other local establishments.
Since The Collective’s formation in 2015 his band has shared the stage with such notable national artists as Fuel (2016 & 2019), Buckcherry (2020), Cracker (2017), Filter (2019), 10 Years (2021), Cinder (2020), and Smile Empty Soul (2016). The Collective has also performed at various local festivals/events to include: Cape Coral Bike Night, Lehigh Spring Fair, Taste of The Town – Jr. League of Lee County, Taste of Cape Coral, Fort Myers Relay for Life, Lehigh Acres Relay for Life, Ink Life Tour – Fort Myers, Gator Fest (Cape Coral), and the Deland Original Music Festival.
JD Lashley, If singer songwriter/ troubadour Todd Snider had dropped his kid brother on his head, he’d have probably wound up a lot like JD Lashley. JD works hard and writes harder, trying to pluck jokes and rhymes out of the grind. His style is heavily influenced by Americana and Roots music, and he’s not afraid to sneak in a little Hip Hop… Something for everyone.
Date: January 9
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Address: 1651 Lee St
Fort Myers , FL 33901 United States

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