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Monroe Crossing performs bluegrass/gospel music Saturday May 11 at the Zumbrota State Theater.

Bluegrass group will perform at Zumbrota State Theater

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Monroe Crossing gives listeners a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals.

Audiences can see the band perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 11 at the Zumbrota State Theatre.

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Crossings is bringing the five-member band back by popular demand after near sell-out crowds in 2011 and 2012.

Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year.

The band is touring in support of its new CD, "The Road Has No End." This, their lucky 13th CD, features the songwriting talents of band members Derek Johnson, Mark Anderson and Lisa Fuglie.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, "the Father of Bluegrass," Monroe Crossing also recently released the tribute CD, "Monroe Crossing Plays the Songs of Bill Monroe," which features 15 classic bluegrass songs made famous by the "Big Mon" himself.

Monroe Crossing is made up of five distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a unique ensemble sound. They are Johnson on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Fuglie on fiddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals; Matt Thompson on mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Anderson on bass and bass vocals; and David Robinson on banjo.

Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe so they like to say they had a "Monroe Crossing."

Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 day of show. To reserve tickets, stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, or call 507-732-7616. For more information, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.

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