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Monroe Crossing in concert Friday in NY Mills

Bluegrass band Monroe Crossing will perform in NY Mills this Friday. Submitted photo

One of Minnesota’s best bluegrass bands will perform on Friday, March 22 at the New York Mill School’s James Mann Center for the Performing Arts. 

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). There is a cost to attend. Call ahead to reserve a seat, at 385-3339. Student admission is free.  Before the concert, the band will give a workshop on bluegrass music for students at the school.

Monroe Crossing entertains 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 fan favorites across the nation. 

The band plays more than 125 concerts each year throughout the United States and Canada, and includes

Derek Johnson, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie, fiddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals; Matt Thompson, mandolin fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson, bass and bass vocals; and David Robinson, banjo.

A critic with Louisville Music recently said about Monroe Crossing: “This band understands and respects the musical principles laid down by Bill Monroe…. ‘Heartache and Stone’ represents their best effort to date. Arrangements are fresh and creative… An enjoyable project loaded with satisfaction.”

The concert is sponsored by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and by a local group of music lovers, “Friends for Good,” from Perham and New York Mills.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund.