Monroe Crossing headlining at Sounds of Spirit Lake


World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert Friday, July 20 at The Sounds of Spirit Lake.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing offers audiences with 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 U.S., Canada, Europe and South Korea.

The 7 p.m. concert is free, on the shores of Spirit Lake in Menahga. Bring a lawn chair. The rain venue is the Menahga School.

Founded in 2000, Monroe Crossing plays 140 to 150 shows each year, including The Kennedy Center and a command performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014 following their debut concert there in 2013. They are the only bluegrass band ever inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and have been invited twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as an Official Showcase Artist at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention.

One of their trademarks is their willingness to perform audience requests. They are renowned both for their dynamic stage show and for the warmth they share on and off stage, interacting with the audience and always honoring requests after the intermission.

Monroe Crossing's two-set performance typically features original compositions and unique arrangements of bluegrass classics, such 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." They might also include bluegrass treatment of classic country songs from the golden era of country music.

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.