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July 21, 2018

6/22/2018 8:22:00 AM
Monroe Crossing to appear at Music in the Park July 1

Kicking off the 2018 Music in the Park series in Longville is the world-class bluegrass entertainers, Monroe Crossing. The award winning group will appear in concert in Longville on Sunday, July 1. The 5 p.m. concert will be held at the gazebo in the park area at Salem Lutheran Church. The concert is free but freewill donations are appreciated.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, the Father of Blue Grass music, 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 an audience favorite.

The group has made over 1,500 concert appearances in nearly every state in the U.S., Canada, Europe and South Korea. They have recorded 17 CDs to date and their latest release is "Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum". Since appearing in Longville one year ago, they also released a new Christmas CD, "Winter Wonderland," a collection of classic Christmas songs in a bluegrass version plus some original holiday songs written by the group.

The popular bluegrass ensemble is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound. Band members are: Derek Johnson - guitar and lead vocals; Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; Matt Thompson - mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals; Mark Anderson - bass and bass vocals; and David Robinson - banjo, dobro, harmonica and harmony vocals. Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a "Monroe Crossing."

Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. They have twice been selected to showcase at the annual "World of Bluegrass" convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association and they have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing had the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch to enjoy this top-rated blue grass band. Popcorn and lemonade will be available. In case of rain, the concert will take place inside the church.

Upcoming concerts include Jack & Kitty on Sunday, August 5. The husband and wife team are Emmy Award winners who refer to their music as "Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk". The duo cites influences as far back as the 1920s and 30s Dixieland jazz and jug band ragtime to modern hip-hop and R&B. That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty's award-winning artistic approach. They also perform for children and songs for kids will be included in the concert.

The final concert for the Music in the Park series features CODA, an acclaimed saxophone and keyboard duo from the Twin Cities performing Sunday, September 2. Returning by popular demand, Scott Dorff and Malcom Anderson deliver the freshest, most professional instrumental music sound possible. The duo's goal is to "bring peace, joy and love to all who listen."

Music in the Park is a community outreach activity of Salem Lutheran Church and supported by the Longville Area Community Choir. It is funded in part with grants from the Blandin Foundation, Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Longville Foundation and Lake Country Power.

Bill Hansen Realty

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