Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now for $24 at www.hopkinsartscenter.com or 952-979-1111. There will be a pre-concert social with free appetizers and cash bar 7p.m. Oct. 27.
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, 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. They will appear for one night only at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at 8pm on Saturday, October 27, at 8pm.
Since the year 2000, Monroe Crossing has released 11 CDs and a live concert DVD and has made over 1,250 concert appearances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The secret to the band’s longevity and success? According to fiddler and lead singer Lisa Fuglie, “It’s just plain hard work and dedication. We all share a love for bluegrass music and for performing on stage. We appreciate every audience, large or small, and understand that we’re there for them, not the other way around.”
Mandolin player Matt Thompson adds, “We have learned the importance of entertaining audiences and not just playing top-quality music. We regularly hear people say that they didn’t think they liked bluegrass music until they saw us play!”
Monroe Crossing has been showered with awards, including Best Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association’s 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet. Monroe Crossing is the only Bluegrass band ever nominated as the Minnesota Music Academy’s “Artist of the Year,” which also recognized the band with an award for “Bluegrass Album of the Year.”
This event is part of an ongoing concert series at The Hopkins Center for the Arts featuring national and regional touring artists. The Hopkins Center for the Arts welcomed over 210,000 visitors last year and is a focal point for arts, education, and entertainment in the center of downtown Hopkins. The Arts Center builds community through the arts by fostering creative expression and providing artistic and educational opportunities for people of all ages. For more information, see www.hopkinsartscenter.com.