The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) will host Monroe Crossing, “the Midwest’s premier bluegrass and gospel quintet,” on Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Morris Area Schools Concert Hall (151 South Columbia Avenue, Morris, MN 56267). Members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Monroe Crossing has experienced another record-breaking year in 2013, making 145 concert appearances all across the United States and central Europe.
Monroe Crossing performs to sold-out and performing arts centers across the country, headlines bluegrass festivals as well as state and county fairs, and makes numerous other public and private appearances. They are renowned both for their dynamic stage show and for the warmth they share on and off stage, interacting with the audience and always honoring requests after intermission.
Monroe Crossing’s two-set performance features original compositions and unique arrangements of bluegrass classics such as “Orange Blossom Special” and “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” and gospel favorites like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace,” and”Down To The River To Pray.” They also include great “crossing” tunes like The Temptations’ “My Girl” and Etta James’s “At Last.”
Prior to the evening concert, Monroe Crossing will hold a symposium for elementary students on Friday at 2 p.m. at Morris Area Elementary Thursday Night Jam, a bluegrass band from Hancock, will warm up the house at at 6:30pm.
Tickets—$10 for adults, $5 for children/students—are available at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) and Willie’s Supervalu, or from PRCA board members. Additional information on Monroe Crossing can be found at monroecrossing.com.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.