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Music That Will Move You

Welcome back 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. This season feels like a long time coming in many ways. All of these performers have been on our radar for three years or more, and we have been in constant communication with them for two years. As always, you have some of the best seats in the county with great customer service provided by staff and volunteers, high quality audio, and an opportunity to meet the performer after the show.

Find the full lineup below!

Health And Safety

Starting Monday, Feb. 28, Northwestern Michigan College will move 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.

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We will continue to encourage masking and provide masks at the door for every concert this season. Staff will remain masked, and capacity will remain limited for the time being. This change may affect your decision to attend a concert.

In light of this update, if you no longer wish to attend a concert for which you have purchased tickets, please email Megan Holtrey at to begin the refund process.

The Dennos Concert Series staff and volunteers appreciate continued flexibility as we return to live performances while considering the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

brown paper ticket buyers

For those that purchased tickets to our 2019-2020 concert series via Brown Paper Tickets and have yet to receive a refund for those canceled shows, we would like to offer you two options:

  1. Use your purchase of 2019-20 tickets to redeem complimentary tickets to a 2022 concert(s)
  2. Receive a refund for your 2019-20 tickets in full

You can redeem an equal number of tickets in 2022, we will not extend this offer beyond 2022 concerts. Please contact Megan Holtrey, Operations Manager, at or 231-995-1595 to process 2022 ticket reservations or 2019-20 refunds. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the Brown Paper Tickets matter, and we hope to see you at a concert soon! If we do not hear from you by April 15th, 2022 a refund check will be issued to you for the cost of your tickets.

2022 concerts


Saturday, January 8, 2022 — 8:00 PM

Aguankó, the ensemble led by percussionist and composer Alberto Nacíf, is a talented group of Michigan based musicians who are steeped in the tradition of jazz infused Son-Salsa.

Sweet Water Warblerssweet water warblers

This event has been canceled.

If the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, then The Sweet Water Warblers are no exception. Comprised of Michigan songbirds Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erlewine, the folk trio’s organic vocal harmonies and seamlessly interwoven instrumentation leaves listeners breathless.

Toronzo CannonToronzo cannon

Saturday, February 12, 2022 — 8:00 PM

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon defies all expectations. The blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs, blazing his own blues trail.

Tickets are $25 for members, $30 advanced, and $33 at the door.


Thornetta DavisThornetta Davis

Saturday, March 5, 2022 — 8:00 PM

Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA is the Winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 and 2018 DMA’S and a six time Blues Music Award Nominee including two 2021 nominations for Soul/Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist Vocals.


Bassel and the Supernaturalsbassel and the supernaturals

Saturday, March 19, 2022 — 8:00 PM

Deeply inspired by Otis Redding, Bassel & The Supernaturals have performed for audiences in over 100 different cities across North America. Their third album, Smoke & Mirrors (2020) "is a lesson in songcraft, funk grooves and production brilliance." (Preston Frazier, Something Else Reviews)

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 advanced, and $28 at the door.


Loudon Wainwright IIILoudon wainwright iii

Friday, April 15, 2022 — 8:00 PM

Loudon Wainwright III’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, Movie and TV credits, and his autobiography, Liner Notes (2017 Penguin/Random House). In 2010 he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome. His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year.

Tickets are $25 for members, $30 advanced, and $33 at the door.


May Erlewine
may erlewine: Tiny Beautiful Things (Album Release)

Saturday, April 30, 2022 — 8:00 PM

Sometimes a book saves your life. It shows up just in time, and you cling to each page. They don’t always tell you love can be an endless stormy ocean, and when your dreams unravel, sometimes you need saving.

“Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.” - Cheryl Strayed (Tiny Beautiful Things)

This collection of love songs, named after the award winning book by author Cheryl Strayed, offers a look at how love deepens with time. How through our grief, our mistakes, our courage and vulnerability we find bigger and more meaningful ways to be in love. Join us for an evening of love, all kinds of love. Let’s celebrate the miracles we find in our lives, in our joy and in our sorrows. We’ll meet in the moment and uncover the tiny beautiful things.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 advanced, and $28 at the door.


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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