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mike michel on the mend

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ON THE MEND TOUR!  Booking Inquiries: mikemichelmusic@gmail.com

Fri, January 19th Bryant Lake Bowl Theater " Friday Night With Mike & Friends" Mpls, MN 9:30pm
Mike's guests include Ian Allison ( Eric Hutchinson/Jeremy Messersmith), Reese Kling ( Jessica Manning)
& Ryan Young ( Trampled By Turtles)

Past Performances OTM Tour > Iowa City IA, Yellow Springs OH, Chicago IL, Duluth MN, Rochester MN, Cincinnati OH




1. Canadian music sage, writer, insider, creative force, Sirius XM DJ Eric Alper just featured " Magic Trick" on his diverse and creative music platform. So thankful and filled with gratitude. It's it's ultra gratifying when someone you highly respect gives you a nod.

2. UK music blog " Mystic Sons" just featured Mike's new single "Magic Trick." Check it out here...

3. Thanks CULTURE SONAR for featuring " On The Mend." Check out their cool online music and arts magazine with happenings from all over the globe!  http://www.culturesonar.com/mike-michel-tinnitus/

4. Mike's recent interview & feature with LukeTaylor of
89.3 The Current. Click on this link to read and hear clips about " On The Mend," music, wellness & mental health. http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2017/05/13/mike-michel-is-on-the-mend-and-ready-to-rock

5. Thanks Christine Dean (hyper-pro) at
KUMD RADIO Duluth, MN for facilitating important convo and letting me play some tunes. Thanks to Paul Whyte at THE DULUTH READER for the write up as well! Here's to your health and happiness yo! http://kumd.org/post/811-live-studio-mike-michel#stream/0

6. Erica Rivera & City Pages wrote a very thoughtful and insightful article regarding " On The Mend" and Mike's recent life revitalization.

7. Andy Steiner from Minn Post has an informative article about ON THE MEND and my story.

8. Thanks Barb Abney & Miss Brit for spinning my new tracks on KFAI RADIO  https://mikemichel.bandcamp.com/track/magic-trick

9. Thanks Aaron Saaris at
YELLOW SPRINGS NEWS (Ohio) for the performance write up and record review of On The Mend http://ysnews.com/




Mike Michel is a Minnesota Music Academy award winning songwriter, modern guitarist, and music educator, who was raised in Cincinnati,Ohio, developed his craft in Los Angeles, California, and now creates out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After 3 years of debilitating tinnitus and hyperaucis (auditory cortex conditions) which almost ended his career, Mike is making a huge career comeback in 2017 with a new recording and music campaign called “On The Mend” in conjunction with Think Piece Publishing. On The Mend is an upbeat, groove oriented record containing memorable vocal melodies, hooky guitar riffs and messages of resiliency. Collaborators include co-producer Jason Orris (The Bad Plus), engineer Rob Osterlin, drummer Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector) and bassist Ian Allison (Eric Hutchinson, Jeremy Messersmith). This is Mike’s first acoustic-centric recording packed with plenty of rock and roll energy. Mike will be touring well into 2018 as a solo artist and with his trio in support of On The Mend, and will be speaking at schools and wellness institutions to raise awareness for invisible brain conditions.
“Magic Trick, Full Of Pozitives and I’ll Tell You The Truth” are recommended tracks from On The Mend and can be previewed here. https://mikemichel.bandcamp.com/

Mike has had the honor of collaborating with Minnesota artists like Haley Bonar, Dave King (The Bad Plus), Carnage (Minnesota’s beatboxing champion), & DJ Woody McBride. Mike also fronted some of Minnesota’s premiere art rock bands from 2002-2013, The Bill Mike Band and Saltee. The Rock And Roll Therapy Room in Minneapolis is Mike’s music education facility where he teaches and hosts music programs for teens & adult musicians like Peace Den & Eco-Rock. Mike is always committed to empowering the listener and helping the planet one gig at a time.

My intentions as a songwriter, creative guitarist, music educator, and sound therapist are to create memorable melodies, thoughtful lyrics, global rhythms, and organic sounds that empower and inspire audiences. I firmly believe good music helps individuals cultivate their own original voice from within. Performances and recordings are about providing a safe space where listeners can refuel and reimagine their lives in the direction they truly want them to go. Science proves that sound vibrations permeate cellular structure and help heal the human mind, body & spirit; it is my job to create songs that facilitate this process. I approach my craft and use my senses by skirting on the mainstream while maintaining integrity and connection to the progressive underground . I also believe music is a global connector that brings awareness to the many environmental challenges we face today. Raising the collective conscious is my duty as an artist and educator and to do this effectively one has to create and teach with passion and an all inclusive mind set. Empower...Ignite...Create!

Stone Arch Festival (Minneapolis,MN) 2017
Icehouse (Minneapolis, MN) 2017 (Mike's comback gig & On The Mend Launch)

Walker Art Center ( Minneapolis, MN) 2016
Cowles Center (Minneapolis, MN) — guest artist with choreographer Jason Noer (2012)
Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN) — guest artist with Vieux Farka Touré  (2011)
State Theater (Minneapolis, MN) —guitarist with Haley Bonar (2009)
First Avenue ( Minneapolis, MN) guitarist with DJ Woody McBride (2009)
Mercury Lounge ( New York, NY)- featured artist (2006 & 2008)
Chicago Opera House (Chicago, IL) — guitarist with Haley Bonar (April 2008)
Fitzgerald Theater (Saint Paul, MN)- guitarist with Haley Bonar
Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley,MN) - guitarist with Haley Bonar
Ivy Brown Gallery (New York, NY) — CMJ Festival featured artist (2008)
SXSW Music Festival (Austin, TX) —guitarist with Robert Skoro (2006)
First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN) — 10x veteran of First Ave including featured artist at Minnesota Music Awards (2006)
Target Center (Minneapolis, MN) — guitarist with IFFY (2000)
The Metro ( Chicago,Il)- guitarist for Iffy (2000)
House Of Blues ( Chicago, IL)- guitarist with Iffy (2000)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)- guest artist with Anthony Cox & Dave King (2000)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) — featured artist (1999)
CBGB's ( New York, NY)- guitarist with Love Cars CMJ featured artist
The Viper Room ( Los Angeles, CA)- guitarist with Love Cars

Vieux Farka Toure', Cloud Cult, P.O.S., Particle, Blue King Brown, Boombox, The Big Wu, Golden Smog, Greg Ginn, Grieves, Gang Font (Greg from Husker Du),Dosh, Gutbucket, Iswhat, The Droppers, Ill Chemistry, Andrew Bird

Modern Guitar Festival(MN)
CMJ Festival (New York)
NXNE (Toronto)
Midpoint Music Festival 2x (Cincinnati)
Effit Festival (Madison)
Around The Coyote/invitees (Chicago)
10,000 Lakes Festival/Cosmic Break  Finalists (MN)
Minnesota State Fair
SXSW ( Austin)

DJ ESP (Communique Records)
Haley Bonar (Afternoon Records)
MC CARNAGE (Hecatomb Records)
Eyedea (Rhymesayers)
Robert Skoro (Yep Roc)
Anthony Cox (Sketch Records)
Iffy (Food Chain Records)
Chan Poling/The Suburbs (Manifesto Records)
David King/ The Bad Plus(Do The Math Records)
The Unknown Prophets & MadSon ( UP Records)
Desdamona(Zlink Records)


Contributed compositions to The Minneapolis Institute Of Arts " Listen" Exhibit 2014

Contributed guitar work to the Disney/Pixar film trailers “Cars & Ratatouille”

Some of Mike’s solo recording’s have been heard on various MTV shows, PBS, & ESPN

Mike’s original rock compositions have charted nationally in the U.S. on the CMJ  radio charts & on several European radio stations as well.

Composed original music for Santa Clara University’s theater production of “Saint Claire”

Mike contributed compositions to the Minneapolis Institute Of Arts Interactive Exibit "LISTEN"

Studio manager and music composer for Trail Mix Radio & Film Music Studios (Mpls). Composed original tunes for many national corporations

Mike was a roadie for the rock stars back in the 90's and thanks my bosses the 3 BOBS at Third Encore in Los Angeles


CIUT/Toronto,WUIC/Chicago, KSUB/Seattle,RadioXYZ/NewYork, WTBU/Boston, WLHS/Cincinnati and many other cool stations

University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of MN/ Duluth, University of Wisconsin, Augsburg College, Saint Cloud State,
Washington University, Macalester College


Mike's Music Education Hub is called " The Rock & Roll Therapy Room" where he hosts private music lessons and unique music community outreach programs for teens & adults like Peace Den & The RRTR Teen Acoustic Ensemble.

Mike has also taught music at Main Street School Of Performing Arts, MacPhail Center For Music, Lake Harriet House Of Music, Willies Guitars, Southwest Community Ed & The Clara Barton School.

The Rock & Roll Therapy Room's Teen Acoustic Ensemble- is Mike's summer music camp dedicated to empowering blossoming musicians

Peace Den- is Mike's group acoustic music class for adults focusing on the empowering music from the decade of change 1965-75

Mike created & hosted his teen community outreach performance series called "Rock For A Cause" 2005-2009

Mike created Minnesota's first live music matching networking event for part-time adult musicians called " Get On The Grid"

Founded, created & directed “ Rock Camp For Dads ” n 2009, 2010, 2011. Although I'm proud I started RCFD and I'm a huge fan of the cool people that join the camps, I'm not a huge fan of RCFD's current model (sounds sassy I know but just keeping it real).

Guest lecturer building a small music business as an independent artist at MacNally Smith College Of Music

Panel Judge "Best of 2013" student original works competition at MacNally Smith College Of Music

Mike was a contributing music and music education writer for RIFT MAGAZINE


Recipient of The MacPhail Center For Music & McKnight's Artist Grant 2016

Nominated “Best Guitarist” by The Minnesota Music Academy 1999 & 2006

Recipient of the Jonathan Grove Foundation Music Grant 2008

Mike’s former power trio, The Bill Mike Band, was nominated “Best Rock Band” by The Minnesota Music Academy 2006

BMB's  debut recording “ Better News” was nominated "Best Rock Recording" 2006 by The Minnesota Music Academy

Mike created & curated The Modern Guitar Festival 1 (2009) & MGF 2 (2011) in Minneapolis, MN

516 West 22nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405


2017 Mike Michel " On The Mend

2015 MaD Son (The Unknown Prophets) "Family Tree"

2014 New Sincerity Works "44"

2014  Mike Michel " The Big G Guitar ep"

2012  Saltee "Crosspolynation" ep https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/saltee/id529355707

2012  Dave Birk " Speed Queen Mystery Date"

2011  Carnage "Respect The Name" Hecatomb Records

2009  Carnage " Worth The Wait" Hecatomb Records

2009  Bill Mike Band “ Truce” Draw Fire Records (Charted CMJ top 40)

2008  Bill Mike Band & Carnage " Count To Three" ep

2008  Aviete " The Way We Met " Draw Fire Records

2008  Courtney Yasmineh " Beautiful Lonely" SB Recordings

2008  Alecia Wiley " Halfway Home"

2008  Haley Bonar “ Big Star “ Afternoon Records

2008  Few Nice Words ep ( Matt Foust, Bill Shaw, George Marich,Brett Bullion, Mike Michel, Ev Olcott)

2007  Bill Mike Band “Better News “ Uncatagorizable Records (nominated best rock recording by the MMA)

2007  Robert Skoro " These Things Could Be Ours"  Yep Rock Records

2003  Eyedea  (unreleased tracks/Rhymesayers)

2002  Mike Michel “ Letter To Yourself” ep Uncatagorizable Records

2001  Iffy  “Boiota Bondo “ Foodchain Records/Columbia Records

1999  Chan Poling(The Suburbs) “ Calling All Stars” Manifesto Records

1998  Blood Magnet ep ( Mike Michel, Anthony Cox, Mike Lewis, Dave King) Limited Release

1998  Love Cars  "Chump Lessons" No Alternative Records (CMJ top charter)

1998  Tugboat “ 1981 Décor ” (Mike’s First Solo Release) Uncatagorizable Records

1997  Mary Nail “ Mary Nail” ( Mike Michel,Wendy Lewis, Greg Lewis, David King, Cully Swanson) Limited Release

1994 & 1997  Gosh 1&2 LP's  ( Mike Michel, David King, Pete Lynman Doug Hougie, Angelo Barbera, Mike Murphy) LA & Mpls

1987  True Azure “ Gypsy Girl LP” ( Mike's Most Awesome High School Art Rock Band)