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Bluegrass benefit concert comes to Bisbee High; Bisbee Kiwanis Club brings Monroe Crossing to county

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Monroe Crossing will perform in Bisbee on Friday.

BISBEE — Bluegrass five-piece Monroe Crossing will bring their rich blend of classic, gospel, original bluegrass from Minnesota to Bisbee this Friday.

The band will perform at the Bisbee High School auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

The concert doesn’t only offer Cochise County residents the chance to see a great show, the proceeds from tickets will go back to community children.

Bisbee Kiwanis Club, which has 14 different programs in the Bisbee school district, is hosting the event and will benefit the Bisbee Kiwanis Club’s school programs.

David Cartun of the Kiwanis Club said this concert will help support the club’s mission of helping the students with their self-esteem and their educations.

“People are never going to see better entertainment from a band anywhere in Cochise County,” he said. “Monroe Crossing has won more national awards than any other bluegrass band and they’ve won it not just for their music but their stage presence, too.”

Monroe Crossing plays about 120 shows a year and is stopping in Bisbee as part of their Anywhere but Minnesota Tour.

Singer/guitarist Derek Johnson said while they have never played in Bisbee before, the group has been to the town to visit.

They performed in Naco, which is how they met Cartun.

“He saw our show in Naco at the Turquoise Valley Golf & RV Park and promoted the show,” Johnson said. “He did a really good job and we wanted to return to the area. He was no longer connected with the RV park so he went to his Kiwanis Club.”

Johnson said their music offers wide appeal and the band prides itself on putting on an entertaining show.

“We are more of a traditionally minded bluegrass band, but we do original songs, too,” he said. “The thing about bluegrass is it’s all acoustic, there’s a lot of dynamic instrumental parts, blending three-part harmony. It’s energetic but not high-volume.

“If people don't think they like bluegrass, they really need to see it live.”

Tickets are available at Spur Western Wear in Sierra Vista and Bisbee Office Supply as well as at Bisbee High School starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets are $20 cash, $22 for credit/debit card and $10 for students. All proceeds benefit the Bisbee Kiwanis programs for local schools.

There is no reserved seating and doors open at 5 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.

For more information on the show, contact 520-432-7766.

To learn more about the band, visit www.monroecrossing.com.

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