A very special Acoustic Neighbors with Frank Hamilton

Music & Potlucks presents music legend Frank Hamilton live stream October 27

RIVER FOREST IL - Music & Potlucks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization will present a live stream concert “Acoustic Neighbors” featuring folk legend Frank Hamilton and friends on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm central time.


Along with Win Stracke, Gertrude Solkert & Dawn Greening, Hamilton co-founded Chicago’s venerable Old Town School of Folk Music in December 1957 when he was just twenty-three years old. His sixty-year career in music is impressive. Hamilton has performed in almost every state in the U.S., from the Gate of Horn in Chicago, the first folk music nightclub in America, to touring up and down the east coast with The Weavers.

While raising his family in Los Angeles Hamilton continued teaching guitar at places like Dick Grove’s Music School, Barney Kessell’s Music World and the University of California, as well as working regularly as a studio musician.

Among other things Hamilton is a gifted jazz guitarist, an uncredited scholar and dazzling instrumentalist. He is a daring improviser and a spirited entertainer. Above all else Frank Hamilton is a teacher.

“Frank is a true American master,” said Mark Dvorak, who has performed and taught with Hamilton, and will curate the live stream presentation. “You’d never hear him talk about himself that way. But if you took the time to ask those who know, that's what you’d find out. His legacy in music is the stuff out of which legends are made."


Hamilton was instrumental in arranging and bringing forward the anthem "We Shall Overcome,” and the list of musicians, singers and writers that he has called friend and student and colleague is simply incredible.

For the past three decades, Hamilton has made Atlanta, Georgia his home and in 2015 the Frank Hamilton School was established.


“Music is a birthright,” said Hamilton from his home in Decatur. “It’s an ability like speech, that everyone shares to some degree. Anyone can learn at any time of life whether they consider themselves talented or not.”

The program will feature music by members the Frank Hamilton School and Old Town School of Folk Music communities, as well as a conversation between Hamilton and Dvorak.

"Bringing community musicians together for the purpose of supporting our neighbors in need is at the core of our mission,”  said Stephanie Schrodt, co-director of Music & Potlucks. "We come from different parts of the Midwest and different parts of the country but we stay connected through music and the spoken word arts.”

Tickets to the live stream event are priced on a sliding scale from $10 - $50. Proceeds will directly support the Frank Hamilton School in Decatur, Georgia. A special “Second Half” discussion segment with Hamilton, Dvorak and the entire cast will take place after the concert.

For tickets log on to www.musicandpotlucks.org. For information on the Frank Hamilton School visit www.frankhamiltonschool.org.

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