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The Swingin’ Medallions set to play Gainesville on Friday for MusicFest

POSTED: August 2, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Didn’t make it to the beach this summer? Don’t worry, the beach is coming to you. Well, the music at least.

On Friday, The Swingin’ Medallions will perform in Gainesville as part of The Arts Council Summer MusicFest series.

The Swingin’ Medallions, founded in 1962, were made famous with the hit album, "Double Shot of My Baby’s Love" in 1966. It remains the signature song of the band and continues to demonstrate their timeless quality on radio, television and in motion pictures.

The band, often referred to as the party band of the South by critics, released countless other singles through Capitol and Smash Records and continues recording new music today, including their latest song, "Large Time," which was released in September 2011.

Started by John McElrath, the band now includes his two sons, Shawn and Shane. The band also features Jake Bartley, the son of original Medallion, Hack Bartley. Jimmy Perkins, an original member of the group, returned full time with the band last summer.

The Swingin’ Medallions has performed throughout the nation in thousands of venues with a diverse repertoire that has made them overwhelming favorites with audiences of all ages.

Chicago Tribune nationally syndicated columnist Bob Greene summed up America’s love affair with "Double Shot" with his discovery of the song sold in the gift shop of the Smithsonian Institute. "When inquiring as to why it was available in the nation’s foremost repository of history, the clerk replied, ‘Because it’s as much a part of our history as anything else we sell.’"

The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. at The Smithgall Arts Center lawn located at 331 Spring St. SW in Gainesville; gates will open at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your favorite picnic foods and beverages. The outdoor concert will have ample room for dancing.

Tickets are $28 for Arts Council members, $30 for nonmembers or $280 for an eight-person table up front. For information or to purchase tickets, call 770-534-0727 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.


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