Music from the Roots of America

July 22, 2021

An Evening of Bluegrass


Monroe Doctrine


It’s time to kickback and enjoy an evening of Americana; traditional bluegrass music with old time country on the side played by some of North Dakota’s finest bluegrass musicians, Monroe Doctrine.  To add to the evening they will be playing some original songs and tunes as well.  

To add to the evening there will be a Banjo Class prior to the concert.  This will give you the chance to become part of the great history of  American Bluegrass. 

Band members are Bob Johnson from Fergus Falls, MN; Marcie Grohs from Lawton, ND; Tim Stoll from Fargo; and Joe Andrus and John Andrus both from Valley City.  All of our members have played bluegrass with other groups for a number of years.

When they aren’t quarantined, Monroe Doctrine plays a regular gig every other Thursday evening at the Vault Coffee Shop and Arts Center in Valley City.  They have also played out for select venues like Crooked Lane Farm and Valley City Music in the Parks series as well as church events.

The band grew out of a bluegrass jam session that John Andrus hosted in Jamestown.  When he changed his day job to work in Valley City, some of the folks from the jam organized as Monroe Doctrine, playing every other week in the Coffee Shop. We invited a few others and have enjoyed making music together.

The band uses acoustic bluegrass instruments: 5-string banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, and upright bass.