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Monroe Crossing to perform Friday at Spirit Lake

Monroe Crossing will perform Friday, July 22 as part of the Sounds of Spirit Lake concert series in Menahga.

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Sounds of Spirit Lake in Menahga at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

The concert is free, on the shore of Spirit Lake near the public access. Bring a lawn chair. The rain venue is the Menahga School. Food for purchase will be available on site provided by the Menahga United Methodist Church.

Founded in 2000, Monroe Crossing plays 140-150 shows each year, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and a command performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014 following their debut concert there in 2013. They are the only bluegrass band ever inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (2007) and have been invited twice (2007, 2014) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as an Official Showcase Artist at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention. The band recently returned from a concert tour in South Korea.

One of their trademarks is their willingness to perform audience requests.

Monroe Crossing's two-set performance typically features original compositions and unique arrangements of bluegrass classics such as "Orange Blossom Special" and "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow" and gospel favorites like "I'll Fly Away," "Amazing Grace" and "Down To The River To Pray." And don't be surprised if they include some great "crossing" tunes like The Temptations' "My Girl" or Etta James' "At Last," both found on their 2005 CD "Somebody Like You."

This concert is funded in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.