Navigation Menu
The Dennos Museum Center
Hero image

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.

Health And Safety

As of February 28, 2022, Northwestern Michigan College has moved to a new phase of our COVID-19 response. Masks will be recommended, but no longer required while inside NMC buildings. This change aligns College policy with state and local guidelines, spurred by a downward trend of cases, related hospitalizations, and an increased vaccination rate in our service area.

night of

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. View our current exhibitions and upcoming exhibitions to learn more about what will be on view before each performance you attend. 

2022-2023 concerts

Sweet Water Warblerssweet water warblers

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 — 7:00 PM
Tickets $20 - $50 / DOORS AT 6:00 PM

The Sweet Water Warblers released their first full studio album, The Dream That Holds This Child, in May of 2020. Produced by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Caroline Spence), the album serves to empower and uplift spirits, and offer refuge, solidarity and support through its focus on modern femininity. “Our sound is a place of refuge. Its roots are deep, and its arms are stretched open wide,” says Lou. “This is the gospel of creating beauty from pain.


Larry McCraylarry mCCRAY

Saturday, October 1, 2022 — 8:00 PM
Tickets $25 - $35 / DOORS AT 7:00 PM

In 2021, Blues Without You, Larry’s latest, a 12-track release was recorded on famed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive nonprofit label with producer Josh Smith, a partnership that has also spawned a video and a documentary. “Larry’s still a relatively young man, with a lot to say, and the world needs to know who he is. It’s the perfect time to have a rebirth of his music,” Bonamassa  says.



Wednesday, October 19, 2022 — 7:00 PM
Tickets $20 - $30 / DOORS AT 6:00 PM

Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim, for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and are currently a two-time winner for the Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards.

Nobuntu will perform for K-12 audiences on Thursday, October 20. See for more information.


Alex Cubaalex cuba

Friday, November 11, 2022 — 8:00 PM
Tickets $25 - $35 / DOORS AT 7:00 PM

Born in Artemisa, Cuba, Alexis Puentes was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s group of 24 guitarists. Alex then went on to study electric and upright bass and touring and recording nationally and internationally. In 1999, Alex moved to Victoria, B.C., Canada where he recorded an album titled Morumba Cubana alongside his twin brother Adonis. His latest album, Mendó, won Best Latin Pop Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.


Enter the Haggisenter the haggis - CANCELED

Thursday, February 23, 2023 — 7:00 PM
Tickets $25 - $35 / DOORS AT 6:00 PM

Due to the incoming inclement weather and for the safety of the performers and our visitors, DMC and Enter the Haggis are canceling tomorrow evening's performance and their Friday educational show.

All ticket buyers will be refunded, and all schools will be notified. Please allow three business days for refunds to appear.

If you purchased a ticket with cash, DMC staff will contact you directly about your refund. If you do not see your refund after three days, please contact DMC staff at, or call 231-995-1055

DMC will look at rescheduling this performance with Enter the Haggis for a later date. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of DMC and our programs.


April Verch & Joe Newberry playing instruments. Newberry & Verch

Saturday, March 25, 2023 — 8:00 PM
Tickets $20 - $30 / DOORS AT 7:00 PM

Whether it is the power of two voices lifted in harmony, or the sound of traditional tunes calling people to get up and move, these two masters of tradition put on an unforgettable show. And, when their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm and those two voices become one, Joe Newberry and April Verch make folks remember why this music existed in the first place.


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.

MCACA LogoNEA LogoArts Midwest