First Friday Concerts in Monroe go local this week as they bring in some hometown talent. Local favorite, Tyler Crews, will open the show at 7 p.m. followed Monroe native Cody Parks & the Dirty South band, beginning at 8 p.m.
Often described as “Def Leppard on cornbread,” Cody Parks & the Dirty South say their sound is “the perfect blend of 80’s rock and modern country. Formed in late 2016, they have developed a following in Nashville with their energetic performances, which can be seen every month at Dirty Thursday, their residency show that features some of Nashville’s top songwriters and up and coming artists.”
In recent times, the band has been on the road, even sharing the stage with Florida Georgia Line and Kane Brown at Country Stampede in Manhattan, KS, a yearly country music festival that draws more than 100,000 people. A native of Monroe, Parks is probably better known around town as Cody Hutchings (Parks is his middle name). He was featured on the cover of the Summer 2016 issue of Walton Living Magazine, along with a write up on how his career in music began. He’s come a long way since then. Parks graduated from George Walton Academy in 2008, and went on to graduate from Georgia Tech in 2013, where he was a member of the Yellow Jacket football team. He moved to Nashville in 2016 to pursue a career in country music. Friday he will perform on the Monroe Courthouse square along with the Dirty South for his hometown crowd.
VIP tables are available for $150/table (seating for 8), space is limited, but general admission is free. Just be sure to bring your own lawn chair (no tables) if you don’t reserve a table! Email or call (770) 266-5331 if you have questions.
Beer and wine will be available for sale on site. No outside alcohol permitted, but you can visit one of the downtown restaurants and take your alcohol to go in our new branded cup.