The History

Get Amp’d Up at Mauldin’s favorite summer concert series! Enjoy live music from a variety of bands featuring genres like beach and pop to rock, country and more. All shows are free, so bring your dancing shoes, lawn chairs, and blankets – it’s gonna be a long, fun, Southern night!

In 2015, the City of Mauldin started Beachin’ Fridays, an annual summer concert series bringing the beach music scene to Mauldin. In 2023, the event was rebranded to Amp’d Up Fridays in an effort to include other popular music genres. People come from all over the Upstate to converge on the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater for evenings of dancing, food and live music.

The event kicks off every Friday night at 6:30pm from May 24 – July 26, 2024! Presented by Duke Energy & Piedmont Natural Gas

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The Scoop

  • All shows are FREE of charge and general admission.
  • Lawn chairs and/or blankets are welcome and encouraged.
  • Outside food and beverage is prohibited. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site.
  • Attendees must be age 21+ to consume alcohol. An ID and wristband will be required (free).
  • Weapons are prohibited.
  • Skateboards, scooters, hoverboards and bicycles are prohibited.
  • Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed at this event. Please bring disposable bags to clean up any waste.

The Finale

Our finale concert will feature a fantastic fireworks display! Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 26. Murray Drive will be closed to traffic during this time, and no parking will be allowed on the section of Murray Drive in front of the Cultural Center entrances.

The 2024 Lineup 


May 24 | Swingin' Medallions

Swingin’ Medallions | beach/pop/rock | May 24, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebook     Tradition is defined as “The handing down of a belief, legend, or custom from generation to generation”. The Swingin’ Medallions, a Southern tradition since 1962, are a living definition of the word. How does a band endure the generations? 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 sons, Shawn and Shane; plus, Joe Morris, the original drummer, who makes as many shows as he can! 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. Read more here!


May 31 | The Mighty Kicks!

portfolio_shagdoctorzThe Mighty Kicks! | motown/r&b/variety | May 31, 2024 | 6:30 p.m

1484858698_facebookThe Mighty Kicks! began in 1986 when a group of friends from Orangeburg, SC, started an air band, the rage at the time, and proceeded to win contests across the region. They were all musicians, and eventually started a “real” band, calling it the Kicks! The band began to earn name recognition throughout the Southeast, performing for large festivals and private events from Georgia to Washington, D.C. The Mighty Kicks! was placed on the U.S. Department of Defense’s roster of approved artists to perform for U.S. troops stationed all over the world, and had the honor of performing on aircraft carriers and military bases throughout Europe and Central America.


June 7 | The Entertainers

portfolio_shagdoctorzThe Entertainers | beach/soul/top 40/classic rock | June 7, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebookBeach Music has long been a tradition in The South, and The Entertainers are proud to have shared in that tradition for over 30 years. The Entertainers were founded in 1980 and scored their first regional smash hit with “Living For The Summer” that same year. This song helped propel the group to the forefront of beach music, which led to their playing the finest clubs along the grand strand of Myrtle Beach, corporate conventions, weddings and festivals from Washington, DC to Naples, Florida. While staying true to their R&B and Beach Music roots, the group also satisfies the most diverse audiences by playing selections from the latest Top 40, Classic Rock & Roll and Country music. The group’s years of performing experience and recording prowess culminated in the release of their latest album entitled, “The Inside Story”. This record, which contains the #1 Beach Music hit, “Thank Goodness She Cheated” and Classic Beach and Soul hits, will surely lead you to the dance floor with a smile on your face.


June 14 | The Shag Doctorz

portfolio_shagdoctorzThe Shag Doctorz | beach | June 14, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebook 1484858706_youtube By way of the fresh water coast,The Shag Doctorz hail from the Upstate South Carolina,in and around the Greenville-Spartanburg area. A favorite among the shaggers and beach music crowd, this five piece band pumps out live Carolina Beach Music and some of your favorite oldies. From Edisto Island to Myrtle Beach and all around North and South Carolina,The Doctorz are out trying to do their part in preserving and keeping this music alive. The Shag Doctorz have been nominated twice for the “Rising Star” award by the CBMA (Carolina Beach Music Association). The band members are a diversified group of musicians who love to entertain and, along with their sound production crew Music Maker, are ready to see you smile and shag the night away! “We don’t have fans, we have friends.” — The Shag Doctorz

June 21 | Sole Purpose Band

portfolio_shagdoctorzSole Purpose Band | funk/soul/country/rock | June 21, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebook Sole Purpose Band (SPB) is an eclectic blend of acoustic/electric Funk & Soul, R&B, Country & Rock.


June 28 | Rhythm City Band

portfolio_shagdoctorzThe Rhythm City Band | beach/variety/oldies | June 28, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebook Rhythm City Band is the Upstate’s most versatile band performing music from all genres.


July 5 | James Radford Band

portfolio_shagdoctorz James Radford Band | country/rock | July 5, 2024 | 6:30 p.m

1484858698_facebook Playing over 200 dates per year up and down the East Coast the James Radford Band has become a favorite among fans and friends. The release of the EP “Songs for Carolina” the band earned a nomination for Song of the Year at the Josie Awards in Nashville TN for the song “Carolina Moon”. The band brings a mix of the best of yesterday and today’s Country music mix with Southern Rock, Blues, Classic Rock and Soul. The band has had the honor to open for artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Big Smo, Jerrod Niemann, Shooter Jennings and more!


July 12 | Randomonium

portfolio_shagdoctorzRandomonium | variety | July 12, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebookRandomonium was founded in a moment of inspiration on a back porch in the Upstate of South Carolina in 2015 by husband and wife Sean and Heidi Chapman, and their good friend/ neighbour Atticus Killough. It seemed like a great way to let off some steam, and enjoy a shared love of a huge variety of genres and artists… And it grew to be so much more! In the early days, the band focused on playing any place they could- from the streets of Greenville, to small coffee shops, to the inside of grocery stores, and other venues both typical and atypical. Their high energy, interactive performances and extremely diverse and deep song catalog has helped them create music experiences that appeal to a wide variety of audiences. They offer several themed shows besides their usual randomness, such as their 80’s experience, Nëon Ärcädiä; their 90’s and 00’s focused show, All Apologies; their Yacht iteration, Yacht Rando; and (NEW!) their Pink Floyd Tribute shows (Dark side of the Moon, released October of 2023, and the Wall, coming November of 2024). Randomonium is now one of the most recognizable acts in the Upstate area. Playing music for those that love it AND building community is their passion, and they want to spread their love of music and the true spirit of rock n’ roll far and wide.

July 19 | The Catalinas

The Catalinas | beach | July 19, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebook     The Catalinas began in 1957 and celebrates their 63 Anniversary in 2020! The band’s popularity is based primarily in southeastern U.S. However, their music is played on radio stations in the UK, Greece and Australia to name a few. Known for their quality, tight sound and energy onstage, they are one of the “in demand” groups for city festivals, weddings and private parties, always playing a variety of music that suits all ages. Though known primarily for Beach music, regionally and nationally for the mega hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me,” they play all styles to a high standard of excellence. “Summertime’s Callin’ Me” has become the anthem of North and South Carolina beach goers as they struggle through the winter waiting on summer to arrive. The band’s latest CD, Dancin’ Romancin’, was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the year’s Carolina Beach Music Awards. The band’s latest single, “Beyond the Sea,” is near the top 10 on Fess Hooks chart on JukinOldies.com. The Catalinas recently welcome their newest member, Angela Resignalo as a lead vocalist in the band! Angela is from Mt Airy, NC and was recently a star performer at the Rudy Theater in Selma, NC since 2006. Be listening and watching out for new recordings featuring her very soon!

July 26 | The Vinyl Junkies

The Vinyl Junkies | rock/top 40/variety | July 26, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

1484858698_facebook The Vinyl Junkies Band is fueled by their passion for making music, entertaining crowds and creating an unforgettable experience. The Vinyl Junkies play popular favorites from Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Black-Eyed Peas to Chaka Khan, Santana and Stevie Wonder. Their premium brass section can rock the house on huge band hits like Chicago and Tower of Power. Their talented and professional musicians come from a variety of backgrounds, having performed or recorded with major label and international artists such as Lady A, Darius Rucker and Mothers Finest; session work on film industry soundtracks such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Men in Black; and stage theatre around the U.S.



Each week we will host 6-8 local food & dessert trucks! Food trucks will be announced week of on social media, so make sure you follow us on Facebook & Instagram (@mauldincultural).

Beer & Wine served by Growler Haus


  Presenting Sponsors


Firework/Finale Sponsor



Interested in sponsoring the 2024 series? Contact us at 864.335.4862 or [email protected].