World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Sounds of Spirit Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 in Menahga.

The concert is free, on the shores of Spirit Lake near the public access. Bring a lawn chair. The rain venue is the Menahga School.

Refreshments at the lakefront site will be provided by the Menahga United Methodist Church. Hot dogs, sodas, water, coffee, popcorn and root beer floats will be offered for sale.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing plays an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States, Canada, Europe and South Korea.

Founded in 2000, Monroe Crossing plays 140-150 shows each year, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York, N.Y. They are the only bluegrass band ever inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and were twice an official showcase artist at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention.

The band is known for their willingness to perform audience requests and for the warmth they share on and off stage. A typical performance features original compositions and unique arrangements of such bluegrass classics as “Orange Blossom Special” and “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow,” and gospel favorites like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace” and ”Down To The River To Pray.” Also, they sometimes give classic country songs the bluegrass treatment.

The following week, Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

This concert is funded in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.