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Monroe Crossing returns to Spirit Lake

The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame bluegrass band returns to Menahga on Friday, July 23.

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The ever-popular "Monroe Crossing" returns to the shores of Spirit Lake for a July 23 concert. (Submitted photo)
Jamey Guy

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Sounds of Spirit Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, July 23 in Menahga.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing plays a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Their tight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., 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 a command performance at Carnegie Hall. 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 as an official showcase artist at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention.

One of the band’s hallmarks is their willingness to perform audience requests. They are known for their dynamic stage show and the warmth they share on- and offstage. Their two-set performance typically features original compositions and unique arrangements of such bluegrass classics as “Orange Blossom Special “ and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” gospel favorites like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace” and “Down to the River to Pray,” and bluegrass treatment of songs from the golden era of country music.

The concert is free, near the public access on the shores of Spirit Lake. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Refreshments will be available.

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The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Five Wings Art Council, through a legislative appropriation from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund.

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