Enjoy a night out on the (Mill) Town this holiday season!
by Taylor Jones
How do you keep a once-thriving shopping center from becoming vacant in your hometown? You turn it into a venue that brings entertainment to locals, and helps your town continue to thrive. That was the goal set forth by Randall Redding, founder of Milltown Music Hall in Bremen. The shopping center that now houses Milltown Music Hall was once home to one of the world’s smallest Walmart stores. Once Walmart moved locations, Redding, a Bremen native, did not want to see the shopping center become empty. In a conversation with General Manager, Steve Bennett, he began renting the spaces to tenants, including Ingles grocery chain. Ingles then decided to build a larger location in town, leaving a large space that needed to be filled. While racking his brain on how to utilize the space, while providing a service to the residents of Bremen, Redding decided to walk by faith, and opened Milltown Music Hall. Since opening in 2012, many acts have entertained residents of West Georgia and East Alabama including: The Oak Ridge Boys, Sammy Kershaw, John Berry, Sara Evans, Diamond Rio, among many others. When looking for acts, the goal was to promote the venue, while finding proven talent, says Kelli Weaver, marketer for Milltown Music Hall. “We tried to find people who were touring, who attracted a crowd, and who we could book. So that we would have all of those elements going together in order to get our numbers up our first two years.” Five big shows are scheduled for the remainder of 2018, starting with John Conlee on November 9, and the Bellamy Brothers on November 17. Milltown Music Hall will feature three Christmas shows, including a two-night show with David Phelps of the Gaither Vocal Band. Phelps, who will be performing his Christmas show at Milltown Music Hall for the second consecutive year, has won a number of Dove and Grammy Awards due to his vocal range that has been described as “seemingly endless.” David will perform two dates at Milltown Music Hall, December 7 and 8 with each show beginning at 7:30 P.M. eastern. The final show of 2018 will be “Christmas with Exile”, with Chris Golden opening. Exile, with hits that include “Kiss You All Over” and “Woke Up in Love”, have been together since 1963 and continue to tour. They will bring their show to Bremen on December 15 at 7:30 P.M. eastern. Opening act Chris Golden has a solid solo platform, and has performed with The Oak Ridge Boys and Restless Heart. To purchase tickets, or for more information on the wonderful music venue, visit Milltown Music Hall online at milltownmusichall.com