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ACMA Songwriters on The Plaza

December 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rain or Shine, moved inside if needed.
Roy Schneider, Kim Mayfield & Bill Metts

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.

Roy Schneider, Kim Mayfield & Bill Metts

Roy Schneider, Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his particular flavor of Americana music since2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring withlife-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield. Playfully dubbed “Blue-Twangled Folk‘n’ Roll” in a 2014 No Depression interview, Schneider has brought his musical blend of the gritty, fun, soulful and sweet to delighted audiencesacross the USA and abroad.

Schneider’s songs have earned praise in the Kerrville New Folk Competition
(TX), Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Blues competition (CO), and Falcon
Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase (NY). The duo has performed
official showcases at Folk Alliance conferences in New York, Austin TX and
Asheville NC. Other notable venues include The Bluebird Café (Nashville
TN), Northern England’s MAD Fest, Meadowgrass Music Festival (with band
Reckless Saints) and season 5 of NBC’s The Voice.

Also an accomplished accompanist, Schneider has performed onstage with the
talents of John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Joe Craven
(Garcia/Grisman), Folk legend Tom Paxton, Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks),
Freebo, Buddy Mondlock, Gove Scrivenor and many others.
“[Schneider’s] gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country,
and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates
his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and
kick-me-in-the-ass roots music.” ~ No Depression

Kim Mayfield started playing music on the family piano at age nine. She played for herself for years before learning to play with others. As a member of the trio “Reckless Saints” Kim has picked up guitar and mandolin, as well as learning to play keyboard without “notes.” She is in her 11th year of touring nationally and internationally with her husband and music partner Roy Schneider. Kim was a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition.

Bill Metts started playing guitar during the Country Blues revival of the 60s and fell in love with the art of finger-style guitar. He began his writing career after moving to South West Florida and regularly attending open mics in Fort Myers, notably the (sadly) no longer operating “Nita’s Sweet Bean Café” where many local singer songwriters cut their teeth. Shortly after, he was asked to served on the board of the nationally known Americana Community Music Association and hosted their weekly Songwriter Circle for four years. He has also, for seven years through a not for profit organization called Hope by Song, been composing songs from the writings of people dealing with great emotional trauma in order to help them heal through the power inherent in music. He has performed at the prestigious Mississippi John Hurt Blues Festival, the world famous “Ground Zero” in Clarksdale Mississippi and twice at the Island Hopper Festival Songwriter Fest. He has also opened for such greats as award winners Doug MacCleod and Jon Shain, and is scheduled to open for the legendary Roy Bookbinder.

Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Address: 1651 Lee St
Fort Myers , FL 33901 United States

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