Despite flirting with the possibility that it wouldn’t, the weather eventually did cooperate Friday evening, allowing music to return to the historic courthouse square for the August 2018 First Friday Concert. The streets were closed off and crowds were able to walk up and down Broad Street enjoying the cuisine as local artists Tyler Crews and Cody Parks & the Dirty South entertained music revelers seated once again on the lawn of the Historic Walton County Courthouse in Monroe.
Since renovations to the lawn were completed in with new sod being planted, the concerts had moved to Court Street, something that many were not happy about. No doubt they were happy Friday to once again be able to dance in front of the courthouse steps to the music of these two local favorites. Crews and Parks (Cody Parks Hutchings) are both local to Monroe and were happy to be playing in front of the home crowd.
Parks left Monroe for Nashville in 2016 to pursue a career in music. In recent times, he and the Dirty South band have been on the road, even sharing events with Florida Georgia Line and Kane Brown by performing at Country Stampede in Manhattan, KS, a yearly country music festival that draws more than 100,000 people. He fired up the crowd before closing out Friday night, telling them as great as it was playing to a crowd of 30,000 along with entertainers as well known as fellow Monroe native son Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, he was happy to be back in Monroe performing locally.
“Nothing beats being here in Monroe, Ga. on a Friday night,” he shouted to cheers from the crowd.
The final concert of the series will take place on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 featuring the Swingin’ Medallions, same time, same place – back on the square of the Historic Walton County Courthouse.