There’s always a crowd where the Swingin’ Medallions are playing, and Thursday’s kickoff of the Uptown Live fall concert series was no different.
A sea of lawn chairs stretched out of the Uptown Market as the Medallions, Greenwood’s home-grown musical heroes, took the stage in matching, colorful pants. The blare of saxophones and trumpets mixed with the strum of guitar and the smooth vocals of countless classic beach music tunes swept its way through the market.
Carroll Bledsoe, an original member of the band and author of “An Insider’s History of the Swingin’ Medallions,” said he made the trip down from his house in North Carolina because playing in Greenwood is like coming back home.
A mix of members from throughout the years played, including Joe Morris, another original member. Morris was in town from his house in Pawley’s Island, and Bledsoe said he had played with Morris just last week at Tybee Island.
In writing his book, Bledsoe said he learned a lot about what the band means to fans.
“Well, at Tybee there was one couple that came up — the husband, he was on a walker — but they drove 300 miles just to hear them play,” Bledsoe said.
While the hometown heroes helped kick the fall Uptown Live series off, the concerts will continue Sept. 19, with the Jamie Wright Band. On Oct. 3, KRAW-Fische will be playing, with The Tams taking the stage Oct. 18.
For more on Uptown Live, visit uptowngreenwood.com/events/uptown-live
Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on Twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.