By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Those who have enjoyed the bluegrass music of Monroe Crossing are likely to enjoy a performance with former band member Art Blackburn and his wife, Teresa, Saturday, Feb. 16 in Dassel.
Art spent 11 years managing and touring with the bluegrass band and has recorded 13 CDs. Teresa grew up singing and playing classic country songs and co-founded The Bluegrass Continentals, a five-piece traditional bluegrass band.
Together, the Blackburns are strongly influenced by the old brother duets of the Louvins, the Delmore Brothers, Bill and Charlie Monroe, and classic country music of the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and more.
The Dassel-Cokato Arts Association last presented Monroe Crossing in 2009. “His followers miss him,” said Colleen Compton, executive director. “He is popular in the area.”
The arts association also wanted a smaller group that would be provide a more intimate performance in the Dassel History Center.
“The community room is a nice venue to rent for more intimate performances,” Compton said, explaining the association hosted its first performance there last year with comedian Jason Schommer.
The event is also perfect timing since it would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for somebody, Compton noted.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., with seating in the community room beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee will be served.
Tickets are $15 for adults, and $7 for youth and can be purchased by calling DC Community Education, (320) 286-4120, online at www.dc.k12.mn.us/pac, or at the door, room permitting.