Concerts & Performances

Fans of live performance in the region have come to know The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College as their go-to place for concerts, touring Broadway productions, comedy, plays, dance, and guest speakers. We’ve played host to everyone from former presidents, world leaders, and rock icons to up-and-coming performers from across the country and from right here in southwestern Michigan.

A venue to fit your artistic vision
Are you a promoter who wants to make southwestern Michigan a stop on a national tour? Are you a regional band on the rise looking to fill some dates on your Midwest schedule? Are you a community group who wants to put on a professional-level production to showcase your students or organization? We can help.

Talk with us about your production’s technical specifications, attendance goals, and overall plan. We’ll help you select from among three outstanding venues – the Mainstage, the Hanson Theatre, and the Grand Upton Hall– for the best fit.

In-house technical expertise
Our on-site technical staff brings extensive experience in lighting, sound, load-in, set-up, tear-down, and load-out. Their passion for live performance is evident in their professionalism, commitment to safety, and understanding of how what happens backstage is critical to a successful performance. Our team will work closely with you to implement your stage and set-up plan to maximize your performance in our venue. They can also help you design lighting, sound, and stage set-up plans if you have questions about what will work best.

Back stage amenities
The Mendel Center’s backstage area has secure choral and star dressing room areas with showers, a well-appointed Green Room with kitchenette, wi-fi, television, and lounge area, laundry facilities, and ample room for hair, make-up, and wardrobe. Our facility meets the requirements of most artists’ riders.

Front of house
The Mendel Center clients have access to full box office services. Online ticket sales are made available through the Buy Tickets section of our web site. When you choose to use our ticketing system, your event will also be on sale through our Box Office, which is staffed weekdays from 2 – 6 p.m. and one hour before curtain. Other front of house services include ushers, assistance running artist merchandise sales, pre-show cash bar and concessions in the front lobby, and coordination of meet and greet events. We can also help with marketing your event.

On-site catering and beverage services
There’s no need to worry about a list of nearest restaurants or caterers when you have your performance at The Mendel Center. Our in-house chef and kitchen staff can meet almost any menu needs, and their work gets rave reviews from artists, touring companies, and event planners for its freshness, variety, and quality.

Hanson Theatre
Grand Upton Hall
View the Mendel Center Venue & Services Guide
View the Mendel Center Mainstage Technical Rider

Rental information
Brittany Watts
The Mendel Center Services Coordinator
269-927-8606 or by email