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Swingin' Medallions 50th Anniversary Tour!

Join The Arts Council for one of Gainesville’s favorite traditions, The Swingin’ Medallions summer outdoor concert at the Smithgall Arts Center Lawn.

Tradition is defined as “The handing down of a belief, legend, or custom from generation to generation”. The Swingin’ Medallions, a 50-year Southern tradition, are a living definition of the word. The group’s signature high-energy style delights audiences of all ages. Their act, as well as their music, is indeed timeless. The band was founded in 1962 by John McElrath and 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 has been back traveling full-time with the band since July 2011! Featuring an ever-popular horn section, the group effectively blends the sounds and music of yesterday and today. The band has performed throughout the nation in thousands of venues.  Their diverse repertoire has made them overwhelming favorites with college audiences as well as the more mature rock and rollers. The band was made famous by its 1.5 million selling hit album, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love”, in 1966. It remains the signature song of the band. The song, in fact, continues to demonstrate its timeless quality on radio, television and in motion pictures. “Double Shot” was followed with another hit, “She Drives Me Out of My Mind”, in 1967. In 1969, they released yet another hit, “Hey, Hey Baby”, the song featured at their 2004 Gator Bowl Half-Time Show performance.  The band released countless other singles through Capitol and Smash Records and continues recording new music today, including their latest tune, “Large Time”, which was released in September 2011.

When: August 3, 2012; Gates open @ 6PM,  Concert @ 7:30PM

Where: Smithgall Arts Center


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