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ACMA Songwriters on The Plaza

February 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rain or Shine, moved inside if needed.
Tim McGeary, Kip Lawrence, Ray Cerbone

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.

Tim McGeary, Kip Lawrence, Ray Cerbone

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 A&M 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”. His most recent band Wonderful Johnson, opened for bands, The Black Crows, David Ball, Sherrie Austin, Confederate Railroad, Wet Willie, Rush Low and many more. Tim plays shows all over the country and likes to work closely with young songwriters, helping them hone their musical skills.

Kip Lawrence, toured the country with his legendary band The Yard Dogs spreading the gospel of the music they created called “Florida Swamp”. Since his first recording as a solo artist (Alone With A Song), he has released 12 albums of original music.
His former company Musikip Entertainment was assistant to the creator of BMI’s Key West Songwriters Festival
Nashville’s Drew Reid, and was a consultant to founder of The Frank Brown Songwriter Festival Joe Gilchrist.
Kip founded The SW Florida Songwriters Fest (3 years), The SW Florida Blues Fest (10 years) and F.I.S.H. Fest (5 years). As marketing director/entertainment for Bert’s Bar in the historical fishing village Matlacha, Florida he brought top talent to SW Florida for 10 years. He currently is founder of Christmas Toys For Girls and Boys, which is in its 10th year and performs with The Yard Dogs, his band Skinny Water or by himself on classical guitar.
First and foremost he writes and creates music everyday in the hope that he will write something good. His newest cd is due to be released in November 2019.

Ray Cerbone is one of the founding members of the Fort Myer’s ACMA, Ray began playing guitar during the early 70’s folk scene. With the support and inspiration of fellow local and touring musicians, he began writing and playing in earnest in 2010. Traveling a long road in a short time, his music encompasses many genres, including Americana, Folk, Blues, Ballads, and a little bit of Country. His storyteller style takes the listener to another place in time, his music and lyrics bringing evocative insights into the many sides of life. Ray is also a singer-songwriter’s song-singer. That is, he does interpretive covers of other great originals by little-known but very talented artists using his own creative touch. His inventive fingerstyle guitar is uniquely diverse and easy-on-the-ears.

Ray’s recently released CD, “How Much Time” has received glowing reviews and is being featured on KEOS Radio in Austin, Texas, 98.1 in S.Florida as well as others. He has shared the stage with Jaime Michaels, Pierce Pettis, Muriel Anderson, Rebecca Folsom, Jefferson Ross as well as Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield (The Reckless Saints), and Robin O’Herin.

Ray fronted “The Apocalypse Blues Revue”. A hard hitting blues rock band formed by Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola of “Godsmack” fame. The band was signed to Mascot/Provogue records and under that sign released two full length records, the first of which reached number two in the blues charts. Over 6 years the band played, blues festivals and blues venues on both coasts. They opened for Steven Tyler, Robbie Krieger of “The Doors”, The Blue Oyster Cult, and did two tours with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Ray is currently working on his second solo project which will once again cover the full range of “Americana” music!


Date: February 11, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Address: 1651 Lee St
Fort Myers , FL 33901 United States

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