Band to perform bluegrass Christmas music

Published 7:00 pm Sunday, November 26, 2017

Monroe Crossing, members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, will present “A Bluegrass Christmas” at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, according to a press release.

Monroe Crossing performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Still going strong after 17 years, Monroe Crossing presents a high-energy stage show, according to the release. With a combination of vocal harmonies, instrumentation and a comedic stage presence, they will deliver “an unforgettable bluegrass experience.” The band specializes in traditional bluegrass music, but they also put their own spin on selections from other genres such as country, R&B and rock and roll. With many talented songwriters, they also perform original music.

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Taking audience requests at intermission is a standard at Monroe Crossing shows. If the band knows it, they will play it.

The band tours this season in support of their latest holiday release, “Winter Wonderland.” Monroe Crossing’s second holiday album, “Winter Wonderland” contains bluegrass renditions of classic Christmas carols as well as some lesser-known Christmas tunes. It also features two new original numbers from fiddle player Lisa Fuglie.

Founded in 2000 and named in honor of Bill Monroe, “the father of Bluegrass,” Monroe Crossing plays 120 shows every year, performing in venues across the U.S., Canada and Europe. They have performed over 2,000 shows with appearances in places like Branson’s Silver Dollar City, Ozark Folk Center, Dailey & Vincent’s LandFest, the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass convention and twice at Carnegie Hall.

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