City Park Bandshell Concerts Return; Monroe Crossing to Perform

Special to the Times-Record
Guest Writer

The weekly Valley City Parks and Recreation music programs are returning to the City Park Bandshell on Wednesday, July 22 starting at 7:15 pm. Monroe Crossing will be the entertainment for the evening. If weather does not permit, the program will be held at the Valley City State University music building.
Monroe Crossing's superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals.

Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music.

“This group is very entertaining and fun to watch. They enjoy interacting with crowds of all ages. I can guarantee you will be amazed by the musicality of each of the participants,” Diane Sommerfeld of the VCPR said. “Thanks to the North Dakota Council of the Arts and the Bridges Arts Council of Valley City, we were able to provide the community and surrounding areas with the opportunity to see Monroe Crossing live here in Valley City!”

Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound. Band members are:  Derek Johnson, guitar and lead vocals; Lisa Fuglie, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; Matt Thompson, mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals; Mark Anderson, bass and bass vocals; and David Robinson, banjo, dobro, harmonica and harmony vocals. Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

There will be a freewill picnic supper served before the program in the park by MarketPlace Foods.

“It is exciting to be back in City Park on the bandshell,” said Sommerfeld. “Bring your family and friends, lawnchairs and blankets and enjoy the program amongst the trees in City Park!”

Several local businesses who are supporters of Music in the Park include Sheyenne Care Center, Riverside Gardens, Dakota Plains Cooperative, Lerud-Schuldt Funeral Home, Ingstad Family Media and the Bridges Arts Council. A freewill offering will be taken for continued improvements of the bandshell.