Last month Monroe Crossing graced our Chautauqua stage bringing catchy tunes and audience requests to life. This first performance of our 2016-2017 season was a definite crowd pleaser!
From the very beginning of the show, Monroe Crossing’s witty banter, and cheerful nature was infectious. The audience could feel that all of the group’s five members truly care for and admire each other.
It was easy to see and hear that all of the members of the band are multitalented. Often, members could be seen switching instruments between songs and taking turns singing in front of the single microphone. With all the members singing into one microphone, the audience heard a melding of all of the voices and could clearly see how close all the musicians are.
When the group started playing Dolly Parton’s “In the Pines,” the crowd erupted, not a toe in the room wasn’t taping. Our personal favorite number is when Lisa Fugile sang a beautiful and unique rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” dedicated to our Wildwood Artist Series President, Ellie Bruner, and her husband, Philip. The second half of the performance was dedicated to audience member’s song requests.
Thank you to Monroe Crossing for kicking off another great season, you are welcome on our stage anytime!
Bluegrass music is by nature music that invigorates the soul and makes you instinctually tap your toes. Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with their original spin on bluegrass music. They have entertained people across the United States, Canada, Europe, and now are making their way to Mahtomedi, Minnesota for a great show! Hailing from the Twin Cities, the band attracts bluegrass connoisseurs and newcomers to the genre too. They love introducing people to the fun and excitement that is bluegrass music.
Monroe Crossing is built on the steady foundation of five unique individuals with varying musical backgrounds. Inspired by the music of Bill Monroe, the “father of bluegrass music,” the band formed Monroe Crossing.
Monroe Crossing boasts many honors, including “Bluegrass Album of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. The band was recently inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Twice, Monroe Crossing has showcased at the annual “World of Bluegrass” convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association. This year, the band will have the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever preform in South Korea.
Whether you have a love for bluegrass or are interested in something entertaining and new, check out Wildwood Artist Series first performance of the season, Monroe Crossings, on October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased here, or by calling 651-269-9888.
We are a community made up of diverse individuals pursuing a wide variety of interests. There is one thing that brings us all together, something that gets a room full of very different people moving and talking. Music. The Wildwood Artist Series announces its 2016-2017 Series, “A Sound for Every Ear.” The series is focused on catering to everyone’s unique music taste, from bluegrass to folk, the five performances are sure to please every ear.
The series opens on October 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. with Monroe Crossing. This nationally acclaimed five-piece band will dazzle audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. On December 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., The Copper Street Brass Quintet presents “Christmas on Copper Street,” featuring traditional carols and music from beloved childhood movies. The Minneapolis Guitar Quintet performs its own brilliant arrangements of music by classical composers, as well as Prince’s Purple Rain, and The Easy Beats Friday on My Mind on January 20, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The Mahtomedi Music Faculty will deliver a concert on February 12, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. to raise money for school music programs and for the Kelly Spaulding Scholarships. The series concludes with folk music’s Renaissance man, John McCutcheon, on March 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.. Sign language interpretation will be provided by Patty McCutcheon.
All events will take place in the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center, 8000 75th Street North, Mahtomedi (the Fine Arts wing of the Mahtomedi High School.) For ticket information and to order tickets, please visit www.wildwoodartistseries.com or call 651-269-9888.
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