FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Nov. 3, Jesse Acevedo, a broker-manager with Ace Realty & Investments in Fort Lauderdale, will join professional colleagues from Florida and across the U.S. in Orlando for the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) 2016 Realtor Conference and Trade Expo, which continues through Nov. 7, 2016.
While he’ll be at the conference as an attendee, he’ll also be on stage as a performer. As a member of the NAR Realtor Band, Acevedo and his fellow musicians will help keep everyone “in tune” and the Realtor Party going strong.
He said he’s looking forward to reuniting with colleagues to provide entertainment for the 2016 event. Acevedo also is a member of the NAR Broker Involvement Council.
“Musicians and fellow Realtors from all over the country come together for one cause,” he said. “We may come from different places and play different styles of music, but here, we perform for a common cause. I enjoy performing in front of the crowd and have a good time during rehearsals.”
The NAR Realtor Band was formed in 2012 under the approval of then-NAR President Maurice “Moe” Veissi, who was Florida Realtors® president in 2002.
Music is in Acevedo’s blood. His father played the Laúd, a Spanish instrument, in Cuba and in the U.S. on radio and television shows, and Acevedo would accompany him on the guitar. Acevedo first began to play guitar at age 9, when he and his friends started a five-piece band that played at private parties and special events. In his senior year at Miami High School, he was band captain and played the alto saxophone.
Acevedo was a music major in college and plays guitar, sax and flute. He enjoyed a 15-year career as a professional musician. Long-time Fort Lauderdale residents may remember his band, “Ecstasy,” which was the premier house band in Fort Lauderdale’s famous disco-era nightclub called “Pete and Lenny’s.”
“I was fortunate to meet many famous singers and stars like Frank Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Tom Jones, Billy Joel and many others,” he recalled.
While he doesn’t get to perform as often as he’d like, Acevedo said playing the guitar offers a creative outlet and also reduces stress.
“Guitar is one of the few instruments that play melody and harmony, like the piano,” he said.
Want to hear the Realtor Band perform? Be sure to check out the NAR 360 session, Nov. 3, from 4-5 p.m. But come early – the band will play before the session starts at 3:30 p.m. And for more info on the conference, go to: https://www.realtor.org/convention.nsf/