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Songwriters on The Plaza…. Cancelled

April 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rain or Shine, moved inside if needed.

 Gene Martin, Al Candelaria, Bill Veach, Thomas Earl

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.

April 14    6 pm Gene Martin, Al Candelaria, Bill Veach, Thomas Earl
 Gene Martin, AKA Smoky Daytona, will perform with Al Candalaria, they are both part of a local group called the Smokey Daytona Band
Gene is a radiologist from  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. His song, Florida Sunshine, has received over 2800 hits on YouTube.
Al Candalaria, 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.
Bill Veach was a drummer in a rock band in college, but guitars are easier to move and make for better neighbors so he spent $100 of his precious college beer money on a flame red acoustic guitar. Moving was a part of his life for years, with a love of travel that is expressed in many of his songs. His songs are often autobiographical, about his experiences, travel, love, loss and some characters he has met on his journey. Bill is a Western boy, raised in Colorado and lived in Utah and Wyoming before becoming a full time resident of Fort Myers Beach. He became active writing songs as part of the Cheyenne Guitar Society in Wyoming and finds inspiration in the camaraderie of the ACMA Singer Songwriter Circle on Sundays. Bill has never met a genre he didn’t like. Bill released his first CD in 2019. He performs solo and with the The Pearl Street Band
Thomas Earl has been writing and performing music for over 50 years.  He started his career playing in Coffee Houses in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the late 1960s. He is proficient in both guitar and bluegrass banjo, with a focus on creative finger style techniques.  He has written dozens of original songs, including original music for theater productions, and has released two CDs of original music. Reviews of his CDs include descriptions such as , “…a gifted poet that has the ability to set it all to music in a beautiful and unforgettable way … “, …a five star indulgence from start to finish.” and “Golddust Magic glitters with years of musical talent”.  Thomas’ unique approach to playing and writing is based on very early influences ranging from Joni Mitchel and Mississippi John Hurt to Tom Waits and James Taylor.  Thomas spent a year living in Maui while working on his most recent single releases and has just moved to Venice, Florida from the Woodstock, New York Area.


Date: April 14, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Address: 1651 Lee St
Fort Myers , FL 33901 United States

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