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Beach-themed concert coming to Evans park

Posted: July 8, 2012 - 12:00am
The Swingin' Medallions will perform Friday as part of Columbia County's Summer Beach Blast at Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans Towne Center Park.  Special Photo
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The Swingin' Medallions will perform Friday as part of Columbia County's Summer Beach Blast at Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans Towne Center Park.

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Beach lovers need not make a trip to the coast this weekend to enjoy tropical tunes.

In fact, they can stay right at home.

Columbia County’s Summer Beach Blast will bring a beach-themed concert to Evans Towne Center Park on Friday, where The Tams, The Swingin’ Medallions and Bobby Hendrick’s Drifters will perform at Lady Antebellum
Pavilion.

No strangers to the county, The Swingin’ Medallions have performed several times to audiences at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

“We just want to entertain the crowd,” said the group’s drummer, Robby Cox. “That’s our main goal.”

The Swingin’ Medallions entered the music scene in 1962.

Just four years later, in 1966, the group released Double Shot of My Baby’s Love, which sold 1.5 million records and catapulted The Swingin’ Medallions to the spotlight.

They followed up on their early success with hits She Drives Me Out of My Mind and Hey, Hey Baby.

Dubbed “The Party Band of the South,” the Swingin’ Medallions now consists of eight men, including original member Jimmy Perkins and three sons of founding members.

“We’re, I guess, what you would call the second generation of the group,” Cox said.

While Cox didn’t have any family in the original group, he said he grew up alongside the children of many founding
members.

At age 17, Cox joined the blues and rock group and has remained a fixture for nearly 25 years.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s a different lifestyle for sure, but it just seems to suit me.”

Though many listeners associate the group musically with a beach style, Cox said he and his bandmates perform covers from several genres of music as well as their own works.

The Swingin’ Medallions often travel to play not only at concerts, but also at town festivals in the South, weddings and private parties.

Throughout the years, they’ve put on shows at Border Bash in Augusta as well as inside the county and have garnered a strong local following, Cox said.

“We’ve always had a great fan base in Augusta and around that area,” he said.

County Community Events Specialist Keela Colombraro said The Swingin’ Medallions are crowd favorites.

“They’re always such a big hit,” she said. “Everybody loves them.”

Music by The Tams will begin at 7 p.m., but gates to the park will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Swingin’ Medallions will play at about 8 p.m. followed by Bobby Hendrick’s Drifters at 9 p.m.

A sand pit will be set up in front of the stage, Colombraro said.

Tickets cost $15 but children ages 5 and younger will get in free. Food and drinks will be for sale by
vendors.

To purchase tickets or for information about the concert, visit www.evanstownecenterpark.com.

IF YOU GO

What: Columbia County’s Summer Beach Blast

When: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Towne Center Park

Cost: $15; free for children 5 and younger

More: (706) 312-7192

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