Kicking off the 2018 Music in the Park series in Longville is the bluegrass group Monroe Crossing, who will appear at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Salem Lutheran Church.

The concert is free, but freewill donations will be accepted.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, Monroe Crossing plays a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals.

The group has made more than 1,500 concert appearances in nearly every state, Canada, Europe and South Korea and has recorded 17 CDs. Its latest release is "Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum."

The ensemble is made up of 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.

Monroe Crossing was awarded Bluegrass Album of the Year by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, the group was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. It has twice been selected to showcase at the annual World of Bluegrass convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the group has appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing was the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch to the concert. Popcorn and lemonade will be available.

Music in the Park is a community outreach activity of Salem Lutheran Church and supported by the Longville Area Community Choir. It is funded in part with grants from the Blandin Foundation, Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Longville Foundation and Lake Country Power.