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The Swingin’ Medallions Headline FL/GA Bash

Oct 28, 2015 02:00AM
On October 30th, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort hosts the Florida/Georgia Bash featuring the Swingin’ Medallions, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include 2 drink tickets. Back by popular demand the "Swingin Medallions" perform on the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida.

The Swingin' Medallions have been based out of the Greenwood South Carolina area since the early 1960's. Their musical roots came from listening to the early rhythm and blues acts. The music most often associated with the band is beach music, frat rock, R&B, or shaggin' music. After a few years of touring colleges from the Carolinas to the Louisiana Bayou, John McElrath took the group to Arthur Smith's Studio in Charlotte North Carolina, to record "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)". The song became a million seller in 1966, and has been a party classic for college students for decades. "She Drives Me Out Of My Mind" and "Hey, Hey, Baby" were top 40 hits in 1966 and 1967, but "Double Shot" remains the signature song of the Swingin' Medallions.

The members of the Swingin' Medallions have changed over the past thirty years, with John McElrath being the leader and only member to be performing today. The personnel of the band has always included around eight members with at least a four piece horn section. The high energy party style stage performance of the first Medallions has been passed down to the band that performs today. The present Medallions stage show has coined them the name "The Party Band of the South."

There will also be a costume contest so be sure to wear your best Florida or Georgia gear--or if you wish, wear your favorite Halloween costume. Each ticket includes two drink tickets. Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more, visit