Content for now as a ‘busker,’ Fezz in tune as A.C.E. center’s ‘Guitar Man’

GEORGETOWN — Like David Gates and his 1970’s soft rock band Bread, Georgetown’s A.C.E. Peer Resource Center has its “Guitar Man.”

His name is Fezz Daymude. He’s 34, a native of Georgia – and in transition in the game of life.

Music is his passion and connections with the A.C.E. (Acceptance, Change and Empowerment) center put an acoustic guitar – and carrying case – in his hands.

Fezz Daymude is the guitar man at the A.C.E. Peer Resource Center in Georgetown.

“I’m going to be playing out in Rehoboth. I play all around wherever there are people: Royal Farms, Walmart, the shopping centers,” said Mr. Daymude. “I play out front. People stop and listen and then they’ll donate. I love doing that.”

“His vision was to play the guitar outside like a Walmart or something. That is what he’s doing. Who am I to say that’s a bad idea,” said Jim Martin, A.C.E. Peer Resource Center director. “Fezz was saying that was his vision. He’s a musician. He plays awesome. But he is homeless. He doesn’t want to admit it but he is. He sees playing music as a way out of his situation.”

Mr. Daymude received more than a warm welcome and compassionate greeting when he arrived at the A.C.E. Peer Resource Center, whose cornerstones are radical hospitality, finding employment and ending homelessness, loneliness and isolation. It’s structured with peer support as a non-medical recovery learning center.

The center on U.S. 113 is averaging about 40 to 50 drop-ins daily since opening earlier this spring.  Fezz Daymude is on the list of drop-ins.

Musician Fezz Daymude plays in public, outside stores and businesses as a “busker.”

“Before he was very quiet when he first came here. He comes in. We listen to him and he says he needs a guitar,” said Mr. Martin. “The guy needed a guitar; let’s make it happen.”

The call went out. It was answered by Tom Baker, who generously provided a guitar, Mr. Martin said.

“It was a handmade acoustic guitar. Fezz was absolutely amazed that that happened. He was like blown away,” said Mr. Martin. “It’s the first time in nine years I’ve been in this business, the first time anyone ever asked for a guitar.”

Mr. Daymude thus became the Georgetown A.C.E. Peer Resource Center’s first ever “busker” – one who entertains by dancing, singing or reciting on the street or in a public place.

“Fezz sees himself as that kind of guy, a musician kind of guy. My hat is off to him. He’s not looking for a free ride. He knows he has to make a few bucks. He shows up here. He has a good attitude,” said Mr. Martin.

Mr. Daymude has far grander plans.

“My passion is eventually to be in another band. I’ve sold music for commercials and soundtracks and stuff,” he said. “Eventually I would like to get back to doing that but for now …”

“I am just happy that he chose to be with us,” said Mr. Martin. “I think some places make the mistake of judging people or they assume that they are worthless, or they are asking for handouts. I think people jump to that conclusion too quickly. We’re honored to have him, however long he is here.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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