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We are announcing new concert programs offered virtually in coordination with the cancellation of our annual concert series for the 2020-2021 season. Due to the ongoing risks to the health and safety of performers and audiences, concert programs will remain virtual for the foreseeable future.

The Live & Local Concert Series, which began in April 2020, will continue this October with four additional programs featuring performances by and conversations with musicians from Northern Michigan and beyond. The goal of this series is to present entertaining concerts in a safe and interactive format, including both performance and Q&A sessions with each program.
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The Live & Local Concert Series is supported by a grant from Art Bridges, with funds paid to every performer.

live & Local concert lineup


Thursday, October 8, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. EST

Join musician Seth Bernard for a performance and interview with Curator of Education Jason Dake on Zoom. During this wide-ranging program of song and discussion, Bernard will share some of his latest tunes with you and welcome your questions about music, agriculture, community empowerment, and more.

Born and raised on Earthwork Farm in rural Northern Michigan, Seth Bernard was brought up in the folk and farmstead culture with an enriching integrative experience of the arts, agriculture, and community. Bernard has traveled the world and blanketed the US as a magnetic performer and uplifting cultural worker, and is equally at home fronting a large electrified ensemble as he is holding a crowd alone with an acoustic guitar. As Founder of Earthwork Music, Bernard encourages community healing through collective musicianship and organizes the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, a celebrated annual cultural event that takes place on his family farm. As Founder and Co-Executive Director of Title Track, he works for clean water, racial equity, and youth empowerment.


Thursday, October 15, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a performance and conversation with Blake Elliott and Curator of Education Jason Dake. Elliott will play a mix of originals and covers that weave jazz, folk, and soul together in surprising ways. They will discuss Elliott's influences and recent work, and open up for Q & A with the audience.

Blake Elliott’s signature style is as universal as the types of music she creates. Her writing spans a wide range of genres, ensuring that even the most discriminating of listeners will enjoy watching her perform. With a vibrant personality that matches those bright red lips, Blake has made her mark on the Michigan music scene with a fervor that’s unceasing.


Monday, October 19, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a performance and conversation with Jordan Hamilton and Curator of Education Jason Dake. Taking some liberties on the Live & Local format by hosting a musician from Southwest Michigan, they will discuss Hamilton's background and influences, as well as his experiences performing at various venues throughout Northern Michigan. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Jordan Hamilton, cellist of Last Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, merges songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music. The Western Michigan University graduate aims to find new ways for the cello, a traditional instrument, to relate to a modern audience where it can be found playing the music of Bach, the Beatles, or Chance the Rapper. Filled with an eclectic range of songs, his set is sure to capture the heart and mind while reflecting on new horizons.


Thursday, October 29, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a performance and conversation with local bluesman Blair Miller and Curator of Education Jason Dake. Miller will play a mix of blues originals and covers to frame the conversation about the history and importance of the music. They will discuss Miller's background and influences, and open up for Q & A with the audience.

Blair Miller's voyage through the blues started by listening to covers by the British and American bands of the 60's. Then he heard John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins and Howlin' Wolf. Searching for the roots of the blues, he discovered Robert Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton and many more great bluesmen and women of the 20's and 30's.

Miller picked up a steel resonator guitar and a slide and started working on playing the blues of the Mississippi Delta. He also plays a parlor guitar and a cigar box guitar. Now, Blair Miller is a confirmed bluesman. He says," I want to share and keep the blues alive. No music reaches me as deeply as Delta Blues."

Registration is pay what you can $0 - 15 and must be completed by 5:00 p.m. EST the day of the event. After you complete the registration, a member of Dennos staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. Register here.

information regarding canceled 2020 performances

If you purchased tickets to any of the shows listed below through Brown Paper Tickets, you must email with your confirmation number to follow up on your refund. The Dennos Museum Center canceled these events and requested refunds for all ticket buyers. Announcements were emailed to ticket buyers, posted on our website, posted on social media, and listed in our weekly e-newsletter. If you have any questions, please call the museum at 231-995-1055. 

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**This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.

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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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