Upcoming Music and Pie Concert Schedule: (all concerts are at 3:00pm at Siloa-free will offering)
Sunday, June 2
The Northern Lights Bluegrass band is from the East Central MN area and have been together for 11 years. The members are: Rory Ellingson - mandolin, stand-up bass and vocals; Dick Lilienthal - guitar, stand-up bass and vocals; Doug Ewert - banjo, stand-up bass and vocals; Mary Campbell - vocals; Mike Nelson - fiddle; Rich Campbell - guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Their Mission is to present the Gospel and have Fun with the music. They do concerts in churches, nursing homes, bluegrass festivals and other functions. They have performed in Arizona, Kansas, Mexico, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin.
Rory Ellingson: Mandolin, Stand-up Bass and Vocals
The newest member of the band, Rory also has a hand in taking care of the sound equipment and making us sound our best. Rory was born in Braham, and is a life long resident of Cambridge Mn. where he and his wife Kelli have 2 children. His occupation is HAVC installer.
Rich Campbell: Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals
Rich is a semi-retired cement contractor who was born, raised and currently resides in the Brook Park area with his wife Mary of 48 years, who is also in the band. Father of 2 sons and a grandfather of 2 girls and 3 boys.
Doug Ewert: Banjo, Stand-up Bass and Vocals
Born and raised in the St Peter area of southern Minnesota, Doug currently resides in Cambridge with his wife Darlene of 5 years. Doug is retired from the Grace Pointe Crossing Maintenance Department and has 3 sons.
Mary Campbell: Vocals
Born and raised near Quamba, Mary has been married for 48 years to Rich, also a member of the band. Office Manager for her Church, Quamba Baptist, Mary is the mother of 2 sons and grandmother of 2 girls and 3 boys.
Dick Lilienthal: Guitar, Stand-up Bass and Vocals
Dick is a retired rural letter carrier who was born in Mora and raised in rural Brook Park where he currently resides with his wife Linda of 40 years. Dick is the father of a daughter and son, and grandfather of 2 girls and 3 boys.
Mike Nelson: Fiddle
Mike was born, raised and lives in the Duluth area with his wife Jan of 46 years. A retired teacher, Mike is the father of a daughter and son and grandfather of 3 girls and 2 boys.
February 10, 2013-POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Rescheduled for Sunday, July 14, 2013 Monroe Crossing www.monroecrossing.com
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. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.
Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals, frequently for non-bluegrass audiences — and people often comment that they’d never really liked bluegrass music until they attended a Monroe Crossing concert!
Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a very unique ensemble sound. They are Derek Johnson: guitar, lead & harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie: fiddle, mandolin, lead & harmony vocals; Matt Thompson: mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson: bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson: banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe so they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”
Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was selected to showcase at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention and they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The only bluegrass band ever nominated as “Artist of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA), Monroe Crossing won the 2003 MMA “Bluegrass Album of the Year” award. The group also took home four awards — for Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo — at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet.
Monroe Crossing has recorded 12 CDs and one DVD to date, their latest being the well-reviewed album “Joy Joy Joy,” showcasing the band’s originality and reverence for the bluegrass tradition.