Monroe Crossing:

Time Correction: Show begins at 7:30 instead of 7:00 as previously posted.

Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Reserved Seating Tickets
Adult: $15 Youth: $10

Tickets go on sale March 16.
D-C Arts Association members may purchase tickets beginning March 11.

Monroe Crossing is a blend of unique musical backgrounds with one common denominator: the drive and intensity that is unmistakable bluegrass. Collectively, they've been entertaining audiences for over a century.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass," Monroe Crossing performs music from the 1st generation masters, as well as contemporary & original songs. Hot pickers? Absolutely! But Monroe Crossing isn't all flash and pizzazz, it's a cohesive, energetic and sincerely entertaining bluegrass and gospel ensemble. The energy and interaction make it clear the group is having an absolute blast. And that's why they consistently get booked back.

Members of Monroe Crossing can be heard on numerous professional recordings, including the band's latest disc, "On the Road."

Matt Thompson

Upon first hearing the mandolin of Bill Monroe, Matt Thompson's fate was sealed. Within two years his group, The Bluegrass Connection, won 1st Place at the 1982 Minnesota State Fair talent contest. Later bands included River Basic Bluegrass, Inside Track, and Big Skyota with Art Blackburn. In 1997, he co-founded True Blue, performed on "A Prairie Home Companion" and at the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Louisville. A brilliant mandolinist, superb harmony singer, and the band's MC, Matt also plays twin fiddle for Monroe Crossing. In 2000, he received Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's (MBOTMA) Mandolin Player of the Year Award.

Jeff Whitson

In October of 2004, Jeff Whitson rented a moving truck, packed up his worldly belongings and brought his family to Minnesota to become Monroe Crossing's new banjo player. A native of Clarksville, Arkansas, Jeff performed with the Arkansas-based bluegrass band Eversong since the mid-90's. Over a 25-year span, he also performed with The Entertainers, The Southern Flames, The Bluegrass Mountaineers, and The Lakeview Bluegrass Band. Early musical influences include the likes of Jimmy Henley, Roy Clark, J.D. Crowe, and the great Earl Scruggs. John Andrus of the Missouri River Bluegrass Festival says, "He's the real deal." We think so too.

Lisa Fuglie

Perhaps Nigeria's only professional bluegrass musician, Lisa Fuglie learned mandolin from an old Bill Monroe 78 rpm record. Excelling on all the stringed instruments, she plays fiddle and twin mandolin with Monroe Crossing. A stellar vocalist and prolific songwriter, Lisa has performed with such notables as The Hers, the Outskirts, and Deadly Nightshade Family Singers, and was the recipient of the 2000 Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from MBOTMA. Lisa plays with the drive and intensity that defines bluegrass fiddle, but listen closely and you'll hear a world of experience.

Mark Anderson

After nearly 20 years as a bassist and drummer in "alternative" groups, some of Mark Anderson's friends suggested he get a string bass and apply his alternative zeal to bluegrass. Finding a musical home, he soon teamed up with Art Blackburn in Art and Sandi's Pretty Good Band, and later, The Pretty Good Bluegrass Band. Mark has also performed with Deadly Nightshade Family Singers. Among the Midwest's elite bassists, Mark was nominated by MBOTMA as 2000 Bass Player of the year in both the Bluegrass AND the Related Music categories! No matter the style, Mark's earthy drive and energy is uniquely his own, and always gets the feet tapping.

Art Blackburn

Art Blackburn brings to the band 30 years of experience and a true love for the roots of bluegrass music. His powerful voice, exquisite flatpicking and thoughtful writing lend a fresh originality to the tradition upon which Monroe Crossing is founded. Called "a font of creative flat picking for decades" by Inside Bluegrass magazine, Art won MBOTMA's Guitar Player of the Year Award in 2000. And as a band leader of Art and Sandi's Pretty Good Band, Big Skyota, and The Pretty Good Bluegrass Band, Art has entertained thousands across the Midwest.

www.monroecrossing.com

Sponsored in part by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association

www.minnesotabluegrass.org