Monroe Crossing returns to Spirit Lake on July 10

The bluegrass group's free concert is part of the Menahga Midsummer Celebration.

Monroe Crossing
The ever-popular Monroe Crossing returns to the shores of Spirit Lake for a July 10, 2022 concert.
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World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Sounds of Spirit Lake at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 10 in Menahga.

Their appearance this year is part of Menahga’s Midsummer Celebration. The concert is free, near the public access on the shores of Spirit Lake. Bring a lawn chair. The rain venue is the Menahga School.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, the group performs a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Their tight harmonies, 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 a command performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014 following their debut concert there in 2013. The 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 their World of Bluegrass convention.

The group is known for interacting with the audience and honoring requests after the intermission. Their two-set performance typically features original pieces and unique arrangements of such classics as “Orange Blossom Special,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Down to the River to Pray.” They may also include bluegrass treatments of classic country songs.


Upcoming concerts in the Sounds of Spirit Lake concert series are classic country group Robinson Roundup, 7 p.m. Friday, July 15; classic rock group Rock of Ages, July 22; and award-winning a capella group Tonic Sol-fa, July 29.

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

Performers include Dr. Kyle J. Riess and Scott Guidry on trumpet, Eve Sumsky on horn, Alyssa Konecne on trombone and Jeff Johnson on bass trombone.

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