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Country music fans enjoy concert at Lee Civic Center

December 6, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

County music fans agreed: Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley put on a great show for those who came to the Lee Civic Center on Saturday for the first Country Christmas Concert put on by the local Freemasons of Florida.

The two headliners also talked it up with the fans, many of whom donated toys for the Toys for Tots program.

The performers are hopeful the show will bring them more fans and more exposure, as the show was streamed on Wherever TV, an online service designed to show the music of performers worldwide while bringing their fans together to see what's going on with their favorite artists.

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Debra MacDonald listens to Darryl Worley’s performance at the Country Christmas Concert at the Lee Civic Center on Saturday.


Ed Ciofani, CEO of Wherever TV and also a Freemason,, said the idea came from simply helping children in need, with Wherever TV being an added plus.

"I was trying to find a way to help musicians out, whether new or older acts, and put them on TV with international visibility. It's the next phase everybody in broadcasting is going to," Ciofani said. "We have 137 channels that range from English speaking to Greek and we created Wherever TV Country and have created Aaron Tippin TV and Darryl Worley TV."

The artists will create content about other things than about music, but they will also create new music and direct distribute it to their fanbase.

Ciofani said the music industry have become so narrow with the digital downloads and the oligarchical radio industry that it's hard to get any new artists out.

The event really started on Friday, with a VIP acoustic concert. On Saturday, following performances by Zach Stone and The Ben Allen Band, the two headliners gave their all, performing their hits while throwing in a few surprises along the way.

For Worley, it was bringing his wife onstage to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary with a serenade and some of the longest stemmed roses on the planet.

Tippin put together a Huffy bicycle in record time while performing one of his songs, "Working Man's Ph.D." He then presented the bike, with Worley on stage, to Staff Sgt. Taylor Streyle of the U.S. Marine Corps, who will give it to a fellow Marine locally to give to his kids.

"Aaron is a big supporter of the military and for Toys for Tots. Being Marines, we always work for Toys for Tots," said Streyle, a Marine recruiter. "We want to support each other, help each other out and make an impact."

Worley and Tippin did a lot more talking with the crowd about their music and their inspiration and stories behind their music, especially the hits.

When they played them, the fans still sang them back (and other tried to line dance to them, which on the grass was a challenge) and cheered when it was over.

Debra MacDonald of North Fort Myers, who seemed to know all the words to everyone's songs, even the newer stuff, said she loved the show.

"I came for Christmas and for country. I love everything country," MacDonald said. "Darryl was awesome, especially when he did 'Have you Forgotten?' That one always gets to my heart."

Kaylee Kolodziejczyk came with her grandmother and got to meet both artists at the meet and greets, as did Dakota Means, who both said it was a great experience.

"It's great to be here as a young county music lover and to hear the old-style country. They were nice. They said hello and gave hugs and pictures. They were very genuine and we had an awesome experience," Kaylee said.

"They were both really nice and fun and I am really excited to see Aaron Tippin and hear him do 'Kiss This,'" Means said. "They are nice guys, genuine and want to have the great time.



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