Swingin’ Medallions concert Saturday night at The Fred kicks off PTC Independence Day celebrations


One of the best-known party bands from the 1960s, the latest version of The Swingin’ Medallions will be in concert Saturday, July 2 at the Frederick Brown Jr. “The Fred” Amphitheater to kick off the Independence Day celebrations in Peachtree City.

The evening also features a performance from the 2011 Fred Open Mic Winner, Final Answer Band. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is available for the show through The Fred Box Office in Peachtree City, and online with TicketAlternative.com.

A limited number of reserved seats priced at $20 are still available, as well as picnic tables which seat 6-8. Pack a picnic or visit Maguire’s at the Fred for a tasty treat and enjoy a night of music and fun under the stars.

Dubbed “The Party Band of the South,” the Swingin’ Medallions, a 47-year musical tradition, has a high-energy style which entertains audiences of all ages. Featuring an ever-popular horn section, the group 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 favorites with college audiences as well as the more mature rock and rollers.

Best known for their hit “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” in 1966, the classic party anthem is still the signature song for the band.

As the winners of the third annual Open Mic Night at the Fred, Final Answer Band is a great compliment to open for the Swingin’ Medallions.

Final Answer Band is a six-piece, high energy cover band from Newnan/Peachtree City, Ga. Each member has performed in bands and orchestras throughout Georgia, Tennessee and California.

The Final Answer Band’s debut was a local “Battle of the Bands” competition at the Fred. Currently performing at numerous clubs and private parties in the south Atlanta area, the Final Answer Band promises a night of “party on the dance floor” rock & roll.

“The Final Answer Band is excited about the opportunity to open for the Swingin’ Medallions at one of best open air live music venues in the Atlanta area,” said Ken Holly band drummer. “Our high energy mix of classic rock, blues and R&B is guaranteed to get the crowd moving and swinging.” To find out more about the Final Answer Band visit them on their Facebook page.

To add to the party atmosphere, the entire Gold section will serve as a dance floor for attendees to kick up their heels and really enjoy the music. In addition to full concessions by Maguire’s, residents of Braelinn will have a lemonade stand to raise money to build a gazebo in memory of their neighbor, third grader Anna, who recently passed away from leukemia.

In addition to the concert Saturday evening, there is a full weekend of Independence Day celebrations planned. On Monday, July 4, Peachtree City’s annual July 4th Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Peachtree Parkway South.

Parade viewers are reminded to keep children out of the streets. Stakes or other hazards to traffic to save viewing areas will be removed. Traffic in south Peachtree City will be extremely impacted from 8 a.m. until the parade ends at noon.

Cool off Monday afternoon with the Public Safety Expo & Water Battle from 2–4 p.m. at Drake Field. The event will include a bicycle rodeo and training for children ages 5 to 14 (bring bikes and helmets), a vehicle extraction demonstration, equipment displays, a Police K-9 demonstration, and the famous water battle.

After the formal water battle is over, members of the public can try their hand at the event. Warning, you will get wet! Parking at the library will be allowed until 4 p.m.

The celebration continues with the Independence Day Party at City Hall Plaza. Food and treat vendors will be set up after 5:30 p.m. The fireworks display over Lake Peachtree will begin at 9:30 p.m.

This year, fireworks viewing at Battery Way Boat Docks will be significantly altered. No golf carts, autos, boats, or trailers will be allowed in the Battery Way Park on July 4th due to significant crowding in previous years. Parking is available along one side of Battery Way and at the Methodist Church on Peachtree Parkway and Windgate Road.