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Monroe Crossing in New York Mills Friday [UPDATED]

Published 9:11am Thursday, March 21, 2013 Updated 11:15am Thursday, March 21, 2013


One of Minnesota’s very best bluegrass bands will perform on Friday, at the New York Mills School’s James Mann Center for the

Performing Arts.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and admission is $12 by advance reservation (call 218-385-3339). Student admission for this concert is free.

Before the concert, the band will give a workshop on bluegrass music for students at the school.

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. The band plays more than 125 concerts each year through out the United States and Canada, and includes Derek Johnson, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Lisa fuglie, fidddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals, Matt Thompson, mandolin fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson, bass and bass vocals; and David Robinson, banjo.

This is what critics have said about Monroe Crossing in the recent past: “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.” — Louisville Music News

“Great tune, fine group! The expressiveness of the vocals and the

arrangement are terrific, not to mention the flawless instrumental work.” — Joe Steiner, Bluegrass DJ, WLFC, Findlay, Ohio

Don’t miss the chance to see this amazingly talented band of musicians here in New York Mills. The concert is sponsored by the New York Mills 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 as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

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