Medallions bring party music to Sasser market

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

SASSER, Ga. -- "America's Favorite Party Band" will bring its unique mix of frat-boy fun and Carolina Beach Music to the Sasser Flea Market here Saturday, as the Swingin' Medallions take the stage.

Now in their second generation -- with sons of original members taking up their fathers' musical cause -- the Medallions have maintained the party-band propers that made them fun-time favorites from their heyday in the '60s to today.

No less a Southern luminary than newspaper columnist/author Lewis Grizzard said of the Medallions in a 1993 article: "Even today when I hear the Swingin' Medallions sing 'Double Shot of My Baby's Love,' it makes me want to stand outside in the hot sun with a milkshake cup full of beer in one hand and a slightly drenched 19-year-old coed in the other."

What better recommendation could any band ask for?

"It's going to be a great time, a fun evening," Sasser Flea Market owner/manager Dee West said. "They're not called 'America's Favorite Party Band' for nothing."

Best remembered for the aforementioned "Double Shot," which climbed into the top 20 of the Billboard singles chart in 1966, the Swingin' Medallions' nonstop party career has also included such regional/national hits as "She Drives Me Out of My Mind" and "Hey Baby."

When original members John McElrath, Jim Doares, Carroll Bledsoe, Charles Webber, Brent Fortson, Steven Caldwell, James Perkins, Joe Morris and Irven Hicks decided at various times during the Medallions' 50-year career run to step away from the band, approved replacements kept the music flowing and the party in full swing.

Today's Medallions include second-generation members Shawn and Shane McElrath, Robby Cox, Josh Snelling, Justin Gilbert, Jake Bartley, Matt Sprouse and Brad Anderson.

Gates at the venue will open at 7 p.m., and opening act Landis Frier, a rapidly rising country/Southern rock artist, will kick off the music at 7:30. The Medallions will play three 45-minute sets.

Tickets for the show, which are $20 in advance and $25 the day of, are available at Flint River Harley-Davidson, The Exchange, the Albany Visitors Center at the Bridge House, Chances R Bait & Tackle at Lake Chehaw, Leesburg Flowers & Gifts and Cuttin' Up Salon in Americus.

Children 12-under enter free of charge.

"I want to remind everyone who brings alcoholic beverages to the show to drink responsibly," West said. "I don't condone drinking and driving at all. Those who consume alcohol should stay in the tent area, the RV park or have a designated driver.

"We want everyone who comes to our shows to be safe and to avoid being ticketed by law enforcement."

For information about Saturday's show or about the Sasser Flea Market, which is located 9 miles west of the Albany Mall on U.S. Highway 82, call (229) 698-4578, (229) 894-4612. Info is also available online at www.myspace/sasserfleamarket.com.