Gulf Coast Music on XPoNential

A local music program highlighting local singer/songwriters performing original works. Gulf Coast Music on XPoNential HD2 is recorded in WGCU-FM’s studio by Production Manager Richard Chin Quee with help from Traffic Manager Luc Martin.FGCU sophomore James Till hosts. Listen on line at wgcu.org/music or on our free app.

Interested musicians please contact Nita Flores.

Ray Cerbone

Jun 27, 2013

Ray Cerbone has been dabbling in guitar since the mid 1960’s but has only been playing publicly for a couple of years. He was one of the founding members of the ACMA, the American Community Music Association in Fort Myers, which he says helped him to start writing original music. The organization promotes singer/songwriters.

Cerbone said music is probably one of the most important things in his life right now. “It makes me very happy to be involved. Listening, playing, being a part of it, the people, the players, all of it,” he said. Cerbone can be heard at open mic nights at the French Connection in Fort Myers, the Lakeview in Punta Gorda and at Fred’s in Naples.

Boz & Bon

Jun 13, 2013

Thursday 6/13 @8pm, Saturday 6/15 @10pm & Sunday 6/16 @3pm

Mark “Boz” and Bonnie “Bon” Nabozny make up the duo Boz and Bon Togetha Foreva. They’ve been together 22 years, married 19 of those years. Boz has been playing guitar since he was 14, playing by ear. He also plays ukulele. He has written poetry and lyrics since age 12 but started composing in his 20’s. Bonnie plays percussion.

“Music has always been a joyous thing for me or when you’re sad you always find your solace in music so it’s always been a big part of my life and my parents always listened to country music so it was always a big deal in our lives so just when I met Mark I guess it was fate,” said Bonnie.

Both Bon and Boz are nurses. They say music brings sanity, healing and therapy into their lives. They are at reverbnation – look for Boz and Bon Togetha Foreva.

Matt Hannam

May 30, 2013

Matt Hannam has been composing for 2 years. Hannam lived on an Indian reservation in Manitoba for a year. The Canadian has a teaching degree but is working now as a recruiter in the telecommunications industry. He plays guitar and would like to learn piano. Hannam said, “Music is one of the most important things I have going. I would like it to become something else one day. It’s certainly my number one hobby at the moment. Like every other musician I guess I would like it to become something else one day but if it does or it doesn’t it will always be an important part of what I do and who I am,” he said. Matt Hannam performs at local open mic nights.

Gabrielle Macafee was raised around music. Her dad plays drums, while mom sings and plays piano. She’d tinker around on the piano when she was little but said, “The past couple of years I just realized that I can make music that nobody’s ever sung before or heard and I thought that was a really cool idea.”

So now she said she draws inspiration for her songs from her experiences. Macafee is also involved in musical theatre and said her dream role would be to play Christine in Phantom of the Opera. Macafee plays guitar and the ukulele. She’s an FGCU voice student who sings at Fort Myer’s Music Walk.

Melissa Welke has been singing and writing songs for 20 years. She bought her first used guitar after graduating from nursing school and took it on the road as a traveling nurse. “I started writing music just by chance through human experiences as a Registered Nurse,” said Welke.

She said she aims to project a positive attitude with her songs. The winter resident paired up with John Stay of Sanibel and his guitar for her Gulf Coast Music performance. While she’s in town, they perform at the Lakes Park Farmer’s Market every other Friday.

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