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Monroe Crossing to perform at NY Mills cultural center

A bluegrass concert by Minnesota's premier bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing, is scheduled for Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Tickets are $15 advance sale for this concert and $18 the night of the concert. Students (through high school age) are $5 anytime.

As is true with all the concerts at the cultural center, the audience is up close and personal with all the band members - anyone who would like a chance to meet and talk with band members can do so in the informal setting at the center.

Monroe Crossing, celebrating their 11th year together, performs with a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and originals. Their harmonies, arrangements and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.

Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals.

Monroe Crossing is made up of five distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a very unique ensemble sound. They are Derek Johnson on guitar and vocals; Lisa Fuglie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Matt Thompson on mandolin, fiddle and vocals; Mark Anderson on bass and vocals; and Benji Flaming on banjo.

Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was selected to showcase at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention and they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007. They are also the only bluegrass band ever nominated as "Artist of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA).

Monroe Crossing won the 2003 MMA "Bluegrass Album of the Year" award. The group also took home four awards at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet.

Monroe Crossing has recorded 10 CDs to date, their latest being the well-reviewed "Heartache and Stone," showcasing the band's originality and reverence for the bluegrass tradition.