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Wednesday, September 27th 2023
6:30pm Cocktails | 7:30pm Concert
SBDAC’s Grand Atrium
General Admission | $10
Week of Concert | $15
*General Admission = First come, first served seating
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The Sidney Berne Davis Art Center is excited to once again present some of the best local songwriters as part of this year’s Island Hopper. All artists are members of the Americana Community Music Association, a Fort Myers based not for profit, that promotes year-round original music.
Roy Schneider, Kim Mayfield, Ray Cerbone , Robert Bidney, and Bill Metts will be performing in the round sharing original music and the stories behind the songs. This will be a wonderful evening of great music in a beautiful location.
Ray Cerbone, One of the founding members of the Fort Myers ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), Ray began playing guitar during the late 60’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 great originals by other very talented singer/songwriters 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 stateside and oversea
Kim Mayfield is better known as half of the Americana duo Reckless Saints. Her music has been described as “haunted by Patsy Cline.” Mayfield’s song ‘Ring Around the Moon’ made her a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. In April Kim and her Reckless Saints partner, Roy Schneider, released a new album titled ‘Blue Twangled Folk ‘n’ Roll.’
Bill Metts. started singing playing guitar during the Country Blues revival of the 1960s and fell in love with the art of finger-style guitar. Shortly after moving to Southwest Florida, he was asked to serve on the board of the nationally known Americana Community Music Association. He began writing songs as a result of being asked to host their weekly Songwriter Circle and for four years did so. He also volunteered for “Hope by Song Inc”, a not-for-profit organization, creating 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, at the Will McLean Festival in Brooksville Florida and in the BMI sponsored Island Hopper Songwriter Festival.
Robert Bidney is a Southwest Florida-based singer-songwriter whose messages are as strong as his melodies. His songs are both relatable and have a strong commercial sensibility. A seasoned performer, who connects with his audiences through his infectious energy and emotional performances, he has been writing songs for most of his life. Bidney has recorded three studio albums, while an eclectic array of artists around the world have also covered his songs with meaning – songs that define him and reveal his soul. His creativity and commercial awareness merged while Bidney was employed by advertising agencies for which he wrote and produced a number of national radio and TV jingles for clients and worked closely with many top musicians,
Roy Schneider, Founding member of the Americana duo Reckless Saints, Roy Schneider has been performing his original music throughout the United States and abroad for the past two decades. His songs have thrice made him a NewFolk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), a contestant on NBC’s The Voice – Season 5 and placed him in the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition (CO). No Depression called him “A songwriter in the grandest tradition of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett, but with a voice, songwriting skill, stagecraft and instrumental talent all his own.” In April Roy and Reckless Saints partner, Kim Mayfield, released a new album titled ‘Blue Twangled Folk’n’ Roll.’