Envisioned by local businessman Randall Redding, owner of RK Redding Construction Inc., Mill Town was a way for him to give back to the community. But the music venue’s success has far surpassed his own expectations.
“It’s been such a blessing to watch as Mill Town Music Hall has grown from a concept in my head to hosting incredible worldwide performers such as Ricky Skaggs and Steven Curtis Chapman,” Redding said. “Ticket sales have exceeded my expectations for a venue that opened only three months ago. Every event has been well attended and people are driving long distances, which is a great sign for the long-term success of the venue.”
It’s also a positive sign for the local economy. At a recent Bremen City Council meeting, City Manager Perry Hicks said that though it was too early to be sure, revenues from the hotel/motel tax seemed to be slightly rising.
“The venue has generated revenue and tourism, which results in jobs,” Redding said, “and that was my initial goal.”
The venue also serves as a fundraising source for local charitable organizations.
“Mill Town Music Hall was originally founded as a way to give back to the community,” Redding said. “We have teamed up with local businesses for our community partner program and utilized a local ministry, The Purpose Center, to serve as vendors at the facility. And we generously provide tickets to numerous local non-profit organizations as a fundraiser for them.”
Redding says while opening a new business can be hard work, breaking ground and operating this one has been a breeze.
“Opening any new business can be a challenge. However, this experience has truly been a blessing. Mill Town provides us an opportunity to glorify God and give back to the community in which I was raised.”
Given the nature of the business, Redding says running Mill Town has afforded him some one-of-a-kind experiences.
“There have been so many, from the grand opening celebration to hosting Steven Curtis Chapman — the most prolific contemporary Christian artist of all time. We also welcomed a personal hero of mine, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. And there are so many magical moments that I look forward to in the future.”
And the community can look forward to them as well. This summer, venue-goers have the opportunity to see a wide variety of musical talent.
On June 22, Mill Town will welcome “American Idol” fourth-season contestant and first runner-up Bo Bice, followed by Greater Vision, The Florida Boys and The Diplomats on June 30. The venue will host its first bluegrass festival July 13-14; The Hoppers and The Diplomats will be on stage July 26; Mark Wills will perform July 28; and country favorites The Oak Ridge Boys will be in town on Aug. 17.
Attendees of the Bo Bice concert will have the added bonus of seeing performances by the winners of a sing-off, which took place at Mill Town during BRIDGE Fest. Caleb Hutchison and Lori Thomas will perform the opening acts before Bice goes on stage.
Bice has released three albums since his “American Idol” days: “The Real Thing,” “See the Light” and “3.” His single, “Inside Your Heaven” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2005. He sang on the track “Brown Skin Girl” on Carlos Santana’s album “All That I Am,” and has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
For tickets, call 770-537-6455 or go by the Mill Town box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday between noon and 3 p.m.