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Busy Weekend for Frank Hamilton School!

13 May
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Acclaimed songwriter Martha Scanlan (from Reeltime Travelers), Sun May 14 in a backyard concert setting!  Complete information Click Here!

Beautiful weather is forecast for this weekend in Atlanta with highs in the 70’s and low 80’s, so don’t be bashful about getting on out and enjoying community, exercise, or whatever floats your boat!  If the masses at Shaky Knees Festival in Centennial Park aren’t your thing, there are some fun options in which The Frank Hamilton School are participating, and they’re FUN!

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Saturday May 14

kirkwoodSFKirkwood Spring Fling FREE – We will be located at the entrance to the festival on Kirkwood Dr., come visit us!  20 minute performances featuring Frank Hamilton will happen at Noon, 1 PM & 2 PM.  There will be one more performance at 3:30 PM featuring contributions from the music community.  Please visit the website for complete information including directions, live music offerings, food vendors, etc.  It’s a wonderful local event!  Come on out y’all!

Tucker Day

Tucker Day FREE – Frank will head from the Kirkwood Spring Fling straight on over to Tucker Day, happening just east of Decatur on Main St. between Lawrenceville Highway and Lavista Rd. (dead-ends into Tucker High School).  Frank will be performing in the Food Court Tent at the 1st Ave./Main St. intersection from 3:30 PM-4:15 PM.  Another wonderful local festival!

 

 

 

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Sunday May 15

TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan (from Reeltime Travelers) see picture at top

Address: 466 Ridgecrest Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307 (backyard concert setting)

$15 Adv/$20 Door ~ Purchase Advance Tickets

 ~ Gate opens 5 PM, Showtime 6 PM. BYOB, bring a chair, bring a grillable if you like, some apps will be available but feel free to contribute! Bring your instrument for some after show jamming!

A PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT Frank Hamilton School.

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On behalf of The Frank Hamilton School, TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the acclaimed and gifted songrwrtier Martha Scanlan, formerly from the Reeltime Travelers, for a Sunday backyard gathering. This concert is a benefit for the Frank Hamilton School, so come on out and support a wonderful cause while witnessing magic on the stage with Martha’s presence. Martha hasn’t been around these parts very much in recent years so this will be a special performance!

Frank Hamilton School Concerts & Festival Sightings

9 May

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Come play with us this week, as we have a very busy one out and about!  Music classes continue Tuesday at Oakhurst Baptist Church – if you’re curious about how they run, come on out and see for yourself.  Courses for this term include guitar levels 1-3, mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and banjo.  We will pick back up with ukulele next term beginning June 7!

Our calendar filled up this week quite nicely – keep reading to get the scoop!  Hope to see you out at one of our events!

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As part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Serieswe are excited to present Grant Green Jr.Thursday, May 12 at the Red Light Cafe!  Grant is a member of the legendary group Masters of Groove, along with drummer Bernard Purdie and B3 Organ player Reuben Wilson, and his live shows are extremely soulful and uplifting, his skills on the guitar are second to none. Expect an incredible evening of music by a music gem we are fortunate chose to make Atlanta his home (by way of New York). 

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TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan in a relaxed backyard setting, 466 Ridgecrest Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307.

Sunday, May 15, Gate at 5PM, Showtime 6 PM ~ ADVANCE TICKETS $15/$20 GATE

BYOB, bring a chair, bring a grillable if you like, some apps will be available but feel free to contribute! Bring your instrument for some pre/post show jamming!

A PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT Frank Hamilton School.

http://marthascanlan.com/

On behalf of The Frank Hamilton School, TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the acclaimed and gifted songwriter Martha Scanlan, formerly from the Reeltime Travelers, for a Sunday backyard gathering. This concert is a benefit for the Frank Hamilton School, so come on out and support a wonderful cause while witnessing magic on the stage with Martha’s presence. Martha hasn’t been around these parts very much in recent years so this will be a special performance! On a personal level, I worked with the Reeltime Travelers several times throughout their too brief of a career as a band, and I can’t express to you how excited I am to be presenting this show.

Martha Scanlan’s long-awaited third release, The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, is already being heralded as her best work yet. “A revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Scanlan evokes western landscapes as effectively as Georgia O’Keefe did on canvass.” – Dirty Linen

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On Saturday May 14, The Frank Hamilton School will be present at two wonderful community events!

Kirkwood Spring Fling, Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive NE, 30317 

We will be located in the artist market performing acoustically with sets at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM featuring Frank Hamilton.  Two more sets from 3 PM – 5 PM!  Come visit us!

~ Tucker Day, Main St., Tucker, GA.  Performance at 3:30 PM on the First Avenue Stage featuring Frank Hamilton.

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If you would like to get involved as a volunteer with The Frank Hamilton School, please contact us through the website and we will get back to you quickly!  Plenty of opportunities available that can utilize particular skill sets, from accounting and bookkeeping to membership development!  Become a part of the New Folk Movement!

 

Frank Hamilton School/TDawg Presents News!

3 May

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We are well underway with classes at the new location at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur and are thrilled about future opportunities that we create and are invited to participate!  Our May/early June schedule is quite busy beginning with next week!   Please

read on to see all the exciting events we are part of, as well as some mighty fine concerts as part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series.

Frank will be interviewed this evening before classes begin by the Georgia News Network, which is working on the Year In Georgia Music project in conjunction with the Georgia Economic Development.  The interview will be heard soon over the airwaves on stations around the state.  Stay tuned for more details!  Below is a complete list of FHS band appearances and FHS Concert Series dates through mid-June!

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May 12 ~ Frank Hamilton Concert Series Presents Grant Green Jr., Red Light Cafe, 8 PM, $12 ADV/$15 Door

May 14 ~ Kirkwood Springfling, 3 X 20 minute sets at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM with Frank Hamilton, Two more sets between 3 & 5 PM, FREE

May 14 ~ Tucker Day, 3:30 PM, FREE

May 15 ~ TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan (Reeltime Travelers), Backyard Concert at 466 Ridgecrest Rd., Atlanta, 5PM, $15 ADV/$20 DOOR.

May 21 ~ Fire in the 4th Festival, Old Fourth Ward, 6:15-6:45 PM, FREE

May 28 ~ Decatur Arts Festival, Acoustic Palette Tent, 11:00 AM, FREE

June 4 ~ Virginia Highland Summer Fest, Noon-1 PM, FREE

June 16 ~ Frank Hamilton Concert Series Presents Grayson Capps, 8 PM, $12 ADV/$20 DOOR

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Below is a very cool video of Grant Green Jr. doing what he does best, at the Inman Park Festival in 2012.  Ike Stubblefield on the keys.  Enjoy!

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Finally, it’s not too early to mark your calendars, especially as fast as this year has flown by!  Sunday, December 18 at Terminal West is the date and location for the 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny & Silent Auction!  TDawg Presents is thrilled to have Atlanta Habitat for Humanity  involved once again.  Y’all, this show keeps getting better and better as we go along!  Here is a clip from last year’s monumental show that closed out with one of the greatest sets by Col. Bruce Hampton that I have ever witnessed, and I’ve seen many!  Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Colonel!

Frank Hamilton School Moves to Decatur

18 Apr

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This week marks a big step towards our commitment to the development of The Frank Hamilton School in the greater Atlanta community as we hold court for the unforeseeable future at our new location, Oakhurst Baptist Church, in Decatur!  The next six-week term commences tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19th. Our new address will be:

Oakhurst Baptist Church
222 E. Lake Drive
Decatur, GA
30030

Register for classes at FrankHamiltonSchool.org – or join us Tuesday night for our first class.  Classes are available in Guitar Levels 1-3, Banjo, Fiddle, Ukulele, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony.

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Check out this wonderful interview with Frank Hamilton conducted by Boyd Baker of the Good Gracious Show on his podcast.  We had a great time talking at the Kavarna Coffeehouse in Oakhurst just about three weeks ago – Boyd is a true patron for the arts and we appreciate his taking the time to sit down with Frank and me!  He’s always on the lookout for unique contributors to the greater Atlanta community.

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May is filling up with activities for the Frank Hamilton School!  Please see below for festival, concert series, and house concert dates!

May 12 ~ Frank Hamilton Concert Series Presents Grant Green Jr., Red Light Cafe, 8 PM, $12 ADV/$15 Door

May 14 ~ Kirkwood Springfling, 3 X 20 minute sets at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, FREE

May 14 ~ Tucker Day, 3:30 PM, FREE

May 15 ~ TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan (Reeltime Travelers), Backyard Concert, 5PM, $15 ADV/$20 DOOR.  Email me for address.

May 21 ~ Fire in the 4th Festival, Old Fourth Ward, Time TBA, FREE

May 28 ~ Decatur Arts Festival, Acoustic Palette Tent, 11:00 AM, FREE

Epic Hootenanny!

6 Apr

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Well we had quite a HUGE time this past weekend – friends gathered that span the entire era of HarvestFest (and before!) and the Back Porch Hootenanny movement, creating for me an emotional and joyous occasion that everyone from loyal Hootenannigans to the musicians, staff, volunteers, and Smokey & Debbie simply couldn’t get enough of!  I know that I shed many a tear over the course of the weekend, as it did mark the end of an era that involved a great investment of heart & soul, not just by me but by everyone who has been along for the journey.  The Hootenanny instills a family energy that will sustain and serve as a springboard for the next chapter at Cherokee Farms involving the Frank Hamilton School.  I ask that you please continue to follow and support FHS, as it will serve as a catalyst for continuing to bring great music to the community through concerts and public events music education.

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Ralph Roddenbery Band

I know I say it every time but the music was REALLY off the charts, knocking the bar way off already high expectations!  Every set was extremely special, and they all featured sit ins by fellow musicans, which made for very spontaneous moments of musical ecstasy.  There were so many highlights it’s hard to single out even a couple of them – Blackberry Possum kicked it off right on Friday night under the stars and the largest Friday night attendance yet.  From the first notes on Saturday with Smokey’s Farmland Band and through the entire day’s performances from the MOMS All-Stars, The Rickety Crickets, The Ain’t Sisters, Ralph Roddenbery Band,

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Donna Hopkins & Friends

Brian Ashley Jones, Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins, Rev. Jeff Mosier and finally Strung Like A Horse to close it out, the energy one felt throughout Cherokee Farms was unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  THANK YOU from the bottom and top of my heart for the music, friendship & LOVESTORM that transpired.

I was particularly caught off guard by a little ceremony that occurred prior to introducing Strung Like A Horse and featured the dedicated Hootenanny staff, volunteers & people who have been a part since 1998.  If you have a few minutes, I recommend you watch the video below courtesy of my friend Jessi 😉 :

Two big THANK YOU’s right now  – the first to Beth & Randy Judy, life friends and creators of Suwannee SpringFest and MagnoliaFest down at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.  Without their inspiration in the mid/late 90’s with the inaugural Sunshine Daydream Weekend (became MagnoliaFest), I don’t know if I would have ever meandered down the crazy path that is the music business and festival industry.  Their vision is my vision, as music farmers growing fresh sounds for the ear with amazingly talented musicians.  I love y’all to the moon and back, as do many many others!

The second THANK YOU goes to Roy, Rebecca & Dave, who are the masterminds behind High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA and DelFest in Cumberland, MD.  They joined forces with TDawg Presents in 2001, and we were able to continue the magic that was Blue Ridge HarvestFest, taking the festival from a popular regional festival to one of national stature.  Unfortunately the hurricanes from 2001-2005 won the battle, but the magic produced despite the setbacks was unrivaled, and it was a fantastic experience to host Bob Weir & Ratdog and John Prine, among many, many others.  I love what High Sierra has continued to do through the years and hope our paths will cross once again!

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On that note, I hope you can make it out Thursday night for the third installment of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series featuring Dangermuffin at the Red Light Cafe!  Showtime is 10PM, and trust me when I tell you that these fine fellas from Folly Beach, SC will simply blow your mind with their of level of talent and amazing instrumentation.

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TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Next Weekend (4/1-2)

23 Mar

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Advance Tickets

SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

We’re just over a week out from the final Back Porch Hootenanny, and it is going to be an amazing time had by all, from the musicians to staff & volunteers to the patrons who have supported the Hootenannies all these years and HarvestFest before that!  We all WANT to be there.  The music will be continuous, first from the stage and carrying over to the late night acoustic jams!  We will celebrate all that has been, that has brought an amazing group of individuals together to form an extra special potpourri of family and friends for so many years already and for the unforeseeable future.  The message of bringing together community through music via TDawg Presents events doesn’t end; there is simply a change of venue in the Frank Hamilton School that will continue the trend of outstanding performances and on a more regular basis!  Meanwhile, HOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY y’all!!!

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

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Here’s a fun video from the spring Hoot in 2012 featuring a nice little jam from led by Donna Hopkins and featuring The Bibb City Ramblers.  Enjoy!

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Frank Hamilton School Relocation & Other Happenings!

15 Mar

The Frank Hamilton School is relocating to the Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030, beginning with the next term that starts on Tuesday, April 19!  We are thrilled to find a new home for the next several years that will allow FHS to grow into an organization that actively contributes to the community.  Expect some fun events to sprout up from our new location as we move along – come play with us, and Click Here for more information about how you can become part of the movement!

We’re gearing up for what promises to be a fantastic spring season for the Frank Hamilton School as we continue to move forward!  Tune in next Thursday, March 24, at 8 PM on WRFG 89.3 FM as Frank Hamilton visits with Dave Chamberlain on the long-running show Sagebrush Boogie.  Expect a little live music in the studio as well as discussion about the school, the history of Frank Hamilton, and the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series.   Please scroll down for some opportunities to get involved, attend one of our concerts, or to see one of the initial performances of the Frank Hamilton School Band that features some of our instructors, led by Frank Hamilton of course!  Also please visit the Website for complete information.

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Sunday, March 20, 4PM @ Red Light Cafe, 100% of proceeds to benefit FHS!

A special performance with Four Shillings Short, a husband/wife duo from Ireland & California, respectively, that travels the world promoting world folk music through a plethora of instruments on stage that weave a story untold of different cultures coming together.  Advance tickets and more information click here.  

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Thursday, April 7, 10 PM at Red Light Cafe, Frank Hamilton School Concert Series

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This night will be the only 10 PM start of the concert series, but folks it’s well worth it to get on out to watch this incredibly dynamic trio take the stage and wow you with their incredible songwriting and instrumentation.  You can explore more about Dangermuffin on their website.  Advance tickets and more information click here.

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Sunday, April 10, 10:15 AM @ 80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, International Stage

This performance is the first in public by the Frank Hamilton School Band, so come out early to enjoy your coffee and hear some wonderful music to start your day.  You might do a little shopping while you’re at it 😉  We had a fun time on Sunday getting together for a band rehearsal and some gumbo at TDawg’s house!  The band managed to assemble a list of 13 songs from which to choose.  Below is a little snippet of “You Are My Sunshine.”  Also heard while cooking up the gumbo was the classic “City Of New Orleans” so expect some great songs you can sing along to, and even play along to if you bring your instrument!

Exciting Shows on the Horizon for FHS Concert Series!

9 Mar

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Advance Tickets $15/$18 Door

On behalf of the Frank Hamilton School, Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music is excited to bring this amazing and dynamic performance to the Red Light Cafe featuring Four Shillings Short.  As part of the creative fusion that is happening in World Music today, Four Shillings Short Blends music of India, Ireland, Scotland, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Americas, Blues, Folk and Original compositions, all the while carving out a musical identity all their own.  The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995, tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town playing at music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk & historic societies, libraries, museums and schools.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Frank Hamilton School.  We hope you can make it out for this very special performance!  Bring your kids if you want – it’s a very fascinating and captivating experience for all ages!

Here is a video sampler of their varying array of instrumentation and musical paths they will take during one of their performances.  Enjoy!

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Advance Tickets $12/$15 Door

Showtime 10PM

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The Frank Hamilton School Concert Series is excited to welcome the dynamic trio and national touring act Dangermuffin to the Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series! Their Friday night showcase performance at last April’s TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem that displayed true respect to the traditional roots music while creating a progressive acoustic folk-rock sound all their own. They have developed quite a nice grass-roots following in the Atlanta area, so you can expect a very enthusiastic crowd that appreciates fine musicianship. This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly, and we couldn’t be happier to bring them to you via the FHS! From Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston, their melodic sound represents three musicians bringing you something unique. Expect a nice long set mixing acoustic &  and perhaps some special sit-ins along the way.

Here is a wonderful video about the band that provides some great insight the band and their thought process.

Thanks for your support and embracing of a new musical journey with a commitment to bringing community through music!  We hope that you can make it out to either one of these shows or the remaining scheduled concerts!   Please note that more will be added as we move along.  Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website anytime to find out how  you can be a part of the movement!

Frank Hamilton School Concert Series Off & Running!

22 Feb

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We had a great week last week at the Frank Hamilton School!  Check out this great article that James Kelly wrote in the Atlanta Creative Loafing edition out now!  Many thanks for the push as we move forward in our journey to become an integral part of the musical DNA of the greater Atlanta area.

Please consider coming out Tuesday evening to Epworth United Methodist Church (across from Candler Park) for the start of our next term (6 sessions for $100) – you’ll be glad you did!  We will be featuring Guitar I & II, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Fiddle & Vocals…there’s something for everyone!  It really doesn’t matter what level you are, and if you’re shy about playing with others then this is your ticket.  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for more information, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 23!

The opening concert of the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday night with Jeff IMG_0461Mosier starting the festivities followed by The Georgia Crackers was an amazing experience that was fitting for a kick-off celebration, and we had a great crowd for the festivities!  Below are some videos that highlight how wonderful the evening really was.  The first video features Jeff Mosier performing the classic John Hartford tune made famous by Glenn Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”.  The next song is performed by The Georgia Crackers, and the last couple of videos feature Jeff joining on stage with the spoons.  Great stuff!  Hope you enjoy!

We hope to see y’all out on March 3 for our next concert at the Red Light Cafe, featuring Atlanta’s own Hair of the Dog!  Great Cajun music with a twist of pedal steel thrown in for good measure.  You’re sure to leave a fan!  Advance tickets are available for purchase, $10 Adv/$12 door.  Please let your friends know, show starts at 8pm!

Learn More About Frank Hamilton School and the Living Music Icon!

16 Feb

 

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Frank Hamilton is living music history – he is an educator, musician, leader & visionary all wrapped into one.  I am fortunate to be involved in continuing his vision in the new millennium.  While the world is a much different place than it was in 1957, one particular constant that remains is the importance of music and the arts in the community.  That is the ultimate goal of the Frank Hamilton School, bringing together community through love of music.  The classes are group sessions that finish up with a jam led by Frank and involving all instruments.

There have been a some wonderful interviews with Frank Hamilton since September, where he talks about his history, the Old Town School in Chicago, and bringing the OTS model to the Atlanta area.  When you have a moment, I highly recommend you listen to them.  None of them are more than 15 minutes long and are incredibly informative.

~ City Lights on WABE 90.1 FM, 9/10/15

~ On Second Thought, GPB 88.5, 10/22/15

~ Interview by Noel Morris, 9/14/15

I hope y’all can make it out to celebrate the start to the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday evening at the Red Light Cafe!  Music will begin at 8pm, so it will be an early night!  Rev. Jeff Mosier kicks it off to be followed by The Georgia Crackers!  Click Here for advance tickets.

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