‘Hot Summer Nights’ features local songwriters


By Michael Johnson - [email protected]



Andy Park


Shelby Merry


GALLIPOLIS — Hot Summer Nights, a weekly live music series, continues tonight with “Songwriters’ Night” featuring featuring Shelby Merry and Andy Park.

Park and Merry will each present one-hour sets at this week’s event.

Each Thursday night through the end of August — weather permitting — the French Art Colony hosts live music concerts by regional and national musicians. Those performances are showcased in the French Art Colony’s new pavilion on First Avenue. The event is enhanced with food and drink. This week, Honey Creek Barbecue will be on hand serving their specialties, and beer, wine, mixed drinks and sodas will be available in the cash bar.

Park, from Point Pleasant, W.Va., has played lead guitar for West Virginia bands, Voodoo Katz and Crazy Jane. World beat ensemble, Voodoo Katz recorded two of Park’s songs, “Suffer” and “Mothman.”

Park has appeared twice on the internationally syndicated radio program, “Mountain Stage,” and has released a new CD, “True Love.” The new CD includes songs, “Silver Bridge,” referencing the local Silver Bridge tragedy, and the irony of love as a “Theme Park.”

Merry is a musical artist from southeastern Ohio. A musician, writer and producer, she has had three album releases, including the self produced “Oracle EP” released in 2015. She has gained internet attention with her song “When the Darkness Comes,” written for the Maze Runner film with a combined half million streaming plays, as well as being a contestant on MTV’s “Million Dollar Maze Runner.”

More recently, Merry was asked to write for the Lionsgate film “Allegiant Part 1.” She just completed her first novel titled “Second Planet” and is currently in the publishing process. She is a Gallipolis native but will be moving to Nashville in the fall for other music scoring projects currently in the works.

Admission for all Hot Summer Nights events is $5 per person, and free for French Art Colony members.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Call 740-446-3834 for more information.

Andy Park
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_andy-park.jpgAndy Park

Shelby Merry
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Shelby-Merry.jpgShelby Merry

By Michael Johnson

[email protected]

Reach Michael Johnson at 740-446-2342, ext. 2102, or on Twitter @OhioEditorMike.

Reach Michael Johnson at 740-446-2342, ext. 2102, or on Twitter @OhioEditorMike.

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