Blues Festivel kicks off 2018 Forsythia Week

The Monroe County Fine Arts Center will bring a Blues Festival for Forsyth for its second annual Forsythia Festival Kick-Off Concert.  Forsythia Blues: A Night of Blues Legends, Music, and Tales from the Road, will be held Sunday, March 4. Headlining the Festival will be Big Bill Morganfield, the son of Chicago Blues legend Muddy Waters (the late McKinley Morganfield).

Reserved seat tickets for Forsythia Blues go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at,, or at the Monroe County Board of Education office.

          In addition to Morganfield, a host of Georgia Music Legends will be featured on the Fine Arts Center stage.   Masters of Ceremonies, who will share stories of Georgia music history, will be Maconites Alan Walden, a 2003 inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and co-founder with his brother Phil of Capricorn Records, and Newton Collier who toured with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and many other acts.  Other performers will include the The Crossroads Band, Georgia Music Legend E.G. Kight, Chicago Blues singer and harp player Sherry Paul, and Rick Maxwell from the Atlanta Rhythm Section.  Charles Davis and Brian Olson will be the opening act.

          As the headliner for the Forsythia Blues, Big Bill Morganfield brings to the stage the history of his late father who is known as the father of modern Chicago Blues.  In just the past few years, Morganfield has earned a number of honors, including being named the W.C. Handy Award as Best New Artists, the 2014 Jus’ Blues Award as Best Contemporary Blues Artist, the 2015 Georgia Music Legend Award, and the 2016 Jus’ Blues Award as the Muddy Waters Lifetime Achievement Recipient.  Morganfield will be on stage with the house band from Blind Willie’s Blues Club in Atlanta.

          For more information about Big Bill Morganfield, visit his website at .

          Forsythia Blues is an official, sanctioned event of the 2018 Forsythia Festival.  For more information about the Festival and its slate of events, visit .


MP Students are Semifinalists in Governor's Honors Program 

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as a semifinalists for state interview/auditions of the GHP process. 


Nomination Area


Rilyn McKallip Mathematics  
Stephanie Nix Music Music Voice: Treble
Sunny DeVane Music Music Voice: Treble
Breanna Jones Science  
Abby Hodges Theatre Theatre Performance
Destiny Thompson Visual Arts