New Hampshire native Andrew Merzi is back in his home state after four years spent in Nashville honing his “genuine songwriting, a unique voice and bruising guitar chops.” Said by a reviewer to “captivate crowds with his clever lyrics and exceptional guitar playing,” he'll be demonstrating his talents at the Andover Community Coffeehouse beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 16, in the Highland Lake Grange Hall, 7 Chase Hill Road, East Andover.
Get a taste of Merzi's talents at www.andrewmerzi.com, which describes Merzi's music as “alt/country/folk/rock.” Coffeehouse admission is free, although donations — which are shared with the featured performer and the Andover Congregational Church, owner of the Grange Hall — are gratefully accepted.
Also appearing onstage will be up to a dozen open-microphone performers, whose contributions in previous months have ranged from the spoken word to show-business, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and country-and-western tunes.
Sponsor for the February event is once again Blue Mountain Guitar in New London, “a full-service musical retail store providing new and used instruments, accessories, rentals, lessons and repairs.”
Doors to the Grange Hall open at 6 PM for food purchases offered by the Andover Congregational Church, and for open-mic sign-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A photographic record of past Coffeehouse performers, both headliners and open-mic participants, is shown on the Coffeehouse website at andovercoffeehouse.org, and on the Facebook page “Andover Community Coffeehouse.”
Video recordings of past programs are shown on a number of community-access channels across the state and are available for viewing anytime on Andover's town website at www.andover.nh.us/ by clicking on “Town Information” and then “Video Archive.” The videos are produced by volunteers at Andover Community Cable.
The coffeehouse is located at the intersection of Route 11 and Chase Hill Road, East Andover. The Andover Community Coffeehouse operates under the umbrella of the Andover Community Association (ACA).