Monroe Crossing to perform in New York Mills
A concert by Minnesota's premier bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11 at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. 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 New York Mills Cultural Center, the audience is up close and personal with all the band members -- everyone who would like a chance to meet and talk with band members can easily do so in the informal and congenial setting for concerts at the Cultural Center.
Celebrating their 11th year together in 2011, Monroe Crossing dazzles 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 United States and Canada.
Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals, frequently for non-bluegrass audiences. 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, 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 Benji Flaming, banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe so they like to say they had a "Monroe Crossing."
Monroe Crossing has recorded 10 CDs to date, their latest being the well-reviewed album "Heartache and Stone," showcasing the band's originality and reverence for the bluegrass tradition.