Live Music @ NYM Public Library Friday, January 19, 2024
Free to attend & open to all
Plus, Beads on One String @ NYM Public School

The New York Mills Public Library and New York Mills Regional Cultural Center are pleased to announce Dennis Warner, along with Dan Neale, will perform at the New York Mills Public Library on Friday, January 19, at 6:30 pm. 

This concert is free to attend and open to all.

Dennis Warner at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, accompanied by Dan Neale. Photo by Tom Urbanski

Dennis Warner‘s musical career has brought him to all 50 states and beyond. Along the journey, he’s released 11 CDs, authored Beads on One String (now in its Ninth Printing), and performed in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being an award-winning musician, Warner is an outstanding entertainer. Serious topics and ballads are cleverly blended with up-tempo songs, audience participation, and engaging humorous stories. A warm stage presence and the ability to connect with his audience are the trademarks of a Dennis Warner concert.

“Dennis Warner’s powerful songwriting and musicianship charmed our audience. He had them in the palm of his hand the moment he walked on stage!”  — Chris Vallillo; Macomb, IL

Dan Neale joins Dennis on guitar, mandolin, and vocals for this New York Mills Concert.  One of the most sought-after musicians in the Midwest, Dan Neale is well respected both on stage and in the studio. Among his many accolades, he was also the regular fill-in guitarist for Pat Donohue on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.”

Together, Dennis and Dan will blend acoustic singer/songwriter vibes with thought-provoking ballads, up-tempo music, funny songs, and humorous stories. Learn more about the music at

“Songs that ring true… Like a heart to heart with an old friend.”   — Bobby Vee; Music Legend

Dennis Warner is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of the Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Admission: Donations appreciated.

Beads on One String

While in New York Mills, Dennis will also be visiting the New York Mills Public School to present “Beads on One String,” a program that uses music and art to promote positive behavior. What began simply as a song and book about our “connectedness” in the world has grown into a popular positive behavior and bully prevention program for elementary schools.  

Now in its ninth printing, “Beads On One String” has received high praise from kids, parents, school counselors, principals, librarians, media specialists & teachers alike for its positive message about our “connectedness” in the world.

Picture a beaded necklace, where every bead is a different size, shape, and color, but all held together by one string. This is what Dennis Warner envisioned while creating a song that evolved into the beautiful book now utilized throughout the USA and other countries, showing kids and adults that we are all connected, like beads on one string. 

The Beads on One String Project utilizes two things that kids love – music and art – while emphasizing the importance of positive behavior and interaction. Helping with conflict resolution, school counselors love using Beads on One String to demonstrate Dennis’s popular phrase, “We’re more alike than we are different.” 

The highlight is a school visit by Dennis at the New York Mills Elementary School on Friday, January 19th, where he will share a concert with K-6 students. Before Dennis visits the NYM School, students will learn the song with music teacher Amy Sobieski, and Cheryl Bannes from the Cultural Center will share an art lesson with K-6 teachers to teach students to create their own beads. 

This collaboration is facilitated by the NYM Regional Cultural Center and NYM Public Library, and supported by funding raised through the Community Carnival.

Learn more:


Visit or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or the NYM Library at 218-385-2436 with any questions.


This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.