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04
Feb

Verlon Thompson in concert. Bill Metts opens. Featured

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Advance Tickets required for this Show https://www.eventbrite.com/.../verlon-thompson-in-concert... Doors open 6:30 Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma). As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona…

14
Feb

ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza, The Pearl Street Band Featured

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Pearl Street Band 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…

19
Feb

Mare Wakefield and Nomad in Concert! Bob Williams opens Featured

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February Sunday night show....Mare Wakefield and Nomad in concert! “Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs. Mare Wakefield and Nomad are a little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk a la Dar Williams or Patty Griffin.” ~ New York Times Find out more about them here: Born with wanderlust in her DNA, Mare lived in eight different places before she was ten. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,”…

25
Feb

Abbie Gardner and Marc Douglas Berardo in Concert! Bill Saltzman Opens Featured

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The ACMA is fired up to have Abbie Gardner and Marc Douglas Berardo as our headliners. This is going to be a great show! More about Abbie Gardner: Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana harmony trio Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable lap style slide guitar playing. Solo performances feature the dobro as a solo instrument, bouncing…

14
Mar

ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza, David Hintz, Robert Bidney, Bob Williams Featured

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza David Hintz , Robert Bidney, Bob Williams 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…

18
Mar

The Rough and Tumble in Concert! David Hintz Opens Featured

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

f its a teeny tiny traveling folk band coming to SW Florida then that means The Rough and Tumble are in town! With delight, we announce their return to our ACMA stage. It doesn't get any better than this. Welcome back! The Rough and Tumble: Writing and performing together since 2007, Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler inevitably formed The Rough & Tumble in 2011 as the friends turned into bandmates. In 2015, after a bad Nashville landlord left them without…

19
Mar

Charlie McCoy/Reckless Saints in Concert Featured

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This is an outdoor show that will be moved inside if necessary Our final ACMA Alliance show of the season will feature Charlie McCoy sharing the stage in the Round with The Reckless Saints. Any musician in Nashville has heard of Charlie McCoy. A mainstay in Music City since the '60s, Charlie has played on dozens of hit records, including work with such legends as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Simon and Garfunkel, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison…

25
Mar

Richard Smith in Concert! Karen Cohen opens Featured

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The ACMA is excited to welcome Richard Smith to our stage. Born in 1971 in Beckenham, England, Richard started early and first picked up the guiar at the age of 5 with his father teaching him his first chords and songs. After some early solo performances and six years of working as a trio with two of his brothers, Rob and Sam in the 90's, Richard moved to Nashville, TN. in January 2000, In 2001 he won the national fingerpicking…

08
Apr

Ordinary Elephant in Concert! Barbara Chamberlin Opens Featured

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

Anything BUT ordinary, the ACMA is excited to have the Ordinary Elephant, Pete and Crystal Damore, on our stage for the first time! International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. Interestingly, if not ironically, in order to accomplish this new work, Crystal and Pete had to set aside the work they'd done previously, as a…

11
Apr

ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza, Karen Cohen , Dan Philgreen, Bruce Gallant Featured

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Karen Cohen , Dan Philgreen, Bruce Gallant 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…

22
Apr

Mean Mary in Concert! JD Lashley open Featured

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Welcome back to our ACMA stage...Mean Mary! Come meet and hear one of the most talented and engaging performers you will ever hear. Mary James, the youngest of 6 children, learned to read music before she could read words and was an official singer/songwriter before she’d started her first day of kindergarten. With the help of her mom, she wrote her theme song “Mean Mary from Alabam’.” The press immediately baptized her with this handle, and she’s been Mean Mary…

09
May

ACMA Songwriters Showcase at the Plaza Featured

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

                 ACMA Songwriters Showcase at the Plaza Join as for our season finale as we celebrate Songwriters on the Plaza. This show will be an ACMA showcase featuring many local songwriters. This is one of the best shows of the year with a variety of musicians. Usually the show will be held indoors. The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer FREE concerts of all original…

13
May

Abby Posner in Concert! Fred Ball opens Featured

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

April showers bring May flowers AND Abby Posner to our ACMA stage for a night of great music! Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 18 years. She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can get her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk, roots, electronic, and pop music making her "Genre Fluid." If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can…

10
Jun

Alan Lee Edwards in Concert! Bruce Gallant opens Featured

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Welcome, Alan Lee Edwards, a new musician to our ACMA stage. Be assured, you will find an artist with musical excellence and fine achievement! Read more here: Alan Lee Edwards has been a songwriter for over 30 years, and became the main singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band Lou Ford. He has been called a "Pioneer" of the Americana / Alt-Country genre. Punks, Alt-Country fans, and glam rockers alike agreed there is an honesty there, an authenticity not built…

08
Jul

Mia Borders in Concert! Casey Page Culbreth opens Featured

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

We are excited to have a new face gracing our ACMA stage. A writer with the Huffington Post says this, “Mia’s voice is an instrument of exquisite beauty.” A native of uptown New Orleans, Mia Borders’ powerhouse vocals and compelling songwriting have made her a perennial figure in the regional music scene. Heralded locally and nationally as one of the city’s best talents, Borders has been featured on AXS.tv’s coverage of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She has…

05
Aug

Deidre McCalla in Concert! Robert Bidney opens Featured

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

Deidre McCalla is not afraid of the heat. Her upcoming tour is coming through Florida in August! The ACMA is lucky to have this powerhouse talent make her first-time appearance on our ACMA stage! What some are saying about Deidre McCalla: "...alluring contemporary folk that is both inspired and inspiring..." –Roots Music Report "...a highly distinctive voice in a crowded field of contemporary folk music." –Austin American Statesman Deidre McCalla doesn’t merely take the stage - she owns it. Her…

26
Aug

Grant Maloy Smith in Concert! Peter Bensen Opens Featured

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Summer concerts at the ACMA keep rolling on into the good stuff. One of our favorites....Grant Maloy Smith is returning to our ACMA stage! NO DEPRESSION magazine, raved: “… lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable…”. Grant Maloy Smith is a Billboard Top 10 recording artist and MusicRow Country Breakout charting songwriter of American Roots music. His latest album, APPALACHIA: AMERICAN STORIES, is…

09
Sep

A Tale of Two in Concert! Bill Frey Opens Featured

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

Following their Bluebird Cafe debut, Nashville based “A Tale Of Two” is an undeniable rising duo in today’s roots music scene. “Official Showcase Artist: 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference” Combining the best of Americana and blues melodies with timeless Southern storytelling, award winning vocalist Stephanie Adlington and guitarist Aaron Lessard draw influence from the likes of Tom Waits and Ray LaMontagne, along with bedrock artists such as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr. Not unlike the artists who inspired them,…

14
Oct

Sarah McQuaid – Bill Veach Opens Featured

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“One of the most instantly recognisable voices in current music … Shades of Joni Mitchell in a jam with Karen Carpenter and Lana Del Rey.” —Trust The Doc Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her endearing personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience. Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England,…

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