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Music That Will Move You

Welcome to the Dennos Museum Center and Milliken Auditorium! Your support of the arts in our community - through your ticket purchases, your attendance, and sharing your experience with others - remains as important as ever as we return to the blues, folk, jazz, and world music concerts we all love.


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On the night of the concert, doors will open one hour before showtime. During that time, the galleries will be open for ticket buyers to view our current exhibitions, and shop the museum store for waters and light snacks. View our current exhibitions and upcoming exhibitions to learn more about what will be on view before each performance you attend.


Our 2024-2025 Concerts will be announced mid-August and in our Fall 2024 Season Program


Jordan HamiltonJordan Hamilton

Saturday, October 21st — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 - $30

Cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influenced, rhythmically layered, melodically robust. Avant garde, folk-soul music, a key to navigate space, time, and change, gracefully, for those who use it. Driven by diversity, drawn to the cello’s tone, cosmic strings calling souls home.

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May ErlewineMay Erlewine

Saturday, November 11th — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 - $35

One of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters, Erlewine has a gift for writing songs of substance that feel both fresh and soulfully familiar. Her ability to emotionally engage with an audience has earned her a dedicated following far beyond her Michigan roots. She shows us her heartbreak, but she also shows us her empowered and emboldened spirit. In her quest to find her most authentic self, Erlewine gifts each listener with a powerful, emotional experience that immediately connects us.

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Steppin' In It

Steppin' In It

Thursday, January 11th — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 - $35 | SOLD OUT

Formed out of love for traditional American Folk & Blues music, Steppin’ In It has been playing shows and packing dance floors for over 20 years. No stranger to Northern Michigan, the band has played the Traverse Area countless times together yet they’re making their Dennos debut January 11th!

Learn more about Steppin' In It.


Straight Ahead group image.Straight ahead Co-Sponsored by the Alluvion

Friday, February 23rd — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 - $35 

Out of Detroit’s lively jazz scene, which has produced some of the best musicians in the world, comes the groundbreaking jazz group Straight Ahead. 

Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges from mainstream jazz to Salsa and neo-soul. They received international exposure when they were invited to open for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland. At that time- they were the first all-woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. The band has shared the concert stage with a who’s who of the music world including: Kem, Stanley Clark, Roy Ayers, the Yellowjackets and Tony Bennett.  These Grammy-nominated recording artists have travelled extensively in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe with rave reviews. 

Learn more about Straight Ahead.

About The Alluvion

The Alluvion is a 150 capacity venue and event space located on the second floor of The Commongrounds Cooperative building at the edge of The Boardman-Ottaway River near downtown Traverse City. This intimate, creative space is designed with optimal acoustics and world-class equipment. It is dedicated to producing high-quality, highly accessible performances, community events, visual arts, classes, workshops, and so much more.

The Alluvion is co-owned by three partners: Commongrounds Cooperative, Jeff Haas, and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology.

Enter The Haggis group image.ENTER THE HAGGIS

Saturday, March 2nd — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 - $35 

For the better part of two decades, Toronto’s Enter The Haggis has combined bagpipes and fiddles with a rock rhythm section to create a distinctively eclectic sound, praised by The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Their songs offer singalong melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics which tell the stories of everyday hard-working people, often faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Learn more about Enter The Haggis.


Grupo Folklorico Zochiquetzal performing in a gym.GRUPO FOLKLORICO xochiquetzal

Thursday, April 4th — 4:00 PM
Tickets: $0 - $10 

Comprised of volunteers from the local area, the group came together in July 2022 to bring awareness of Latino culture and music to Northern Michigan. They perform various dance styles from parts of Mexico and Panama in traditional attire made in Mexico, and have been invited to perform at festivals, schools, and private events.

Please register in advance. The ticket price reflects the cost of admission to the museum. This event is general admission. Seats are available first come first serve. Should you need a wheelchair-accessible seat, please contact us in advance at or call 231-995-1055.

Our performance seasons are supported in part by the Osterlin Performance Endowment, the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Family Trust, the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Art Bridges, Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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