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J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ New Dodge Lounge (as special guest) THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND

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New Dodge Lounge, 8850 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck, MI 48212

MALLETT BROTHERS BAND, National touring act, MAINE, U.S.A., melding modern Americana with Rock n Roll. Full of high energies, and musicianship to boot! FEATURING special guests J. MICHAEL & THE HEAVY BURDEN. This is going to a barn burner. $10 presale tickets. $15 at the Door, 21+ Entry. The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine. Their busy tour schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds.

$10 Presale, $15 @ door; 21+ Entry

Funky Rivertown Music Festival presents Jeff Brach (J. MIchael & The Heavy Burden), along with Judy Banker, and Matthew Thick (The Camisas) for an afternoon full of interactive discussion and songwriter performances in the round.

Come join an ultra stellar line up of musicianship w/ J. MIchael & The Heavy Burden at Lake Bonisteel's Blue Chili Grass Music Festival. Regions best musicians along side food and artisan vendors. Free crafts, food, and games for kids and families. Thank you to the Gary Sargent Memorial Music Scholarship for their sponsorship and scholarship award.

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J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ 11 Miles Sessions Live (Podcast)

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11 Miles Sessions, Detroit, MI

Join J. Michael & The Heavy Burden live in studio with host Scott Boatright. Every Thursday night 6-8pm on NRM Streamcast TV Detroit. Bringing you a weekly spotlight on the Detroit music scene and interview with JMHB for the 1st hour, and live in studio full performance by J. Michael & The Heavy Burden from 7-8pm. Listen and watch live stream, and later the archive, via Available on most major market Stream TV apps, and wherever you get your podcasts & live steams (Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon. Also available on your TV Device (Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, etc)

J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ Pond Jam 2023

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Pond Jam Music Festival, Rapid City, MI

Pond Jam Music & Arts Festival. Labor day weekend 4 day Premier Michigan private to the public Music Fest. Considered the Musicians Music Festival with over 60+ regional bands/musical acts, 3 stages, retail/arts/food vendors, camping, disc golf, and a feelin' free vibe like no other. This is the fest of musicians to close out the summer festival scene where many of the touring and regional acts come to jam & unwind to usher in the winter music scene to come.

J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ New Dodge Lounge

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New Dodge Lounge, 8850 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck, MI 48212

  1. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ The New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck, MI. Join us, and our very special musical guest, for a night of groovin's and good feelin's. Doors open early at 6p, Live music from 9p--12am Midnight , $5 Door and a great suprise line up for your pleasure! Start off your Labor Day weekend the right way at NDL with JMHB w/sg....

Holler Fest takes place on Frog Holler Farm, a working organic family farm. The King family has been selling organic produce at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market for almost fifty years! We won't be at the market on the Saturday of Holler Fest, but we will set up a market tent at the Fest with fresh veggies you can consume at Holler Fest or take home with you. Family & Kid friendly, and filled with the most glorious good vibes for all. Bringing you wondrous regional acts over 3 days, on 4 stages, 2 community fires, local & regional vendors, organic farm tours, camping, food vendors, and the glorious Holler Kitchen (serving meals for pre paid event goers). Absolutely a "do not wanna miss" music festival nestled in the rolling southern MI glacial hills of the historic Irish Hills of Michigan.

J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ River Rhythm Music & Arts Festival

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Manchester, MI , Manchester, MI

Come groove with JMHB with a slew of other stellar musicians & bands at the 3rd Annual River Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. 2 nights of camping, high caliber music, yoga, kid/family activities, community, and so much more!!

Weekend w/ camping $65, Other options available @

J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ Lager/Brooklyn Music Festival

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2000 Brooklyn Lager House, 2000 Brooklyn Street, Detroit, MI

Join JMHB for the ultra mega Benefit for Girls Rock Detroit! Over 60 regional and local bands from a wide swath of musical genres. 3 Stages (Venues) including the largest, the 2000 Brooklyn Ampitheater.

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J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ Funky Rivertown Fest

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Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI

The Saturday early show features J Michael and the Heavy Burden and a yet-to-be named band. J Michael and the Heavy Burden is an Americana, rock, funk-tinged outfit drawing influences from Bruce Springsteen to the Grateful Dead, with a hint of Dave Mathews Band. 3 part harmonies and rhythmic interplay will have you moving in your seats!

Corktown Music Festival 2023!!! Join JMHB at this historic Detroit neighborhood for over 50 musical acts at 3 venues, including Lager House, Nancy Whiskeys, and The Gaelic League. This is a benefit show with proceeds going to 4 Paws 1 Heart a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats & dogs by paying for needed medical treatment and assisting with the permanent placement of these animals through their partnerships with local rescue groups. Many of the bands playing are already great supporters of this cause, and we look forward to helping make a difference in the lives of the voiceless.

J. Michael & The Heavy Burden @ Holler Fest 2022

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Frog Holler Farm - Holler Fest, 11811 Beech Rd., Brooklyn, MI 49230

Holler Fest is a farm, music and arts festival in the Irish Hills, Michigan. August 26-28, 4 stages, 60+ music bands/performers. Now in its 13th year, the event takes place at Frog Holler Farm, an organic vegetable farm owned and operated by the King family for more than 45 years. The goal of Holler Fest is to form sustainable relationships between artists and communities, food and consumers, the land and the people.


  1. Michael & The Heavy Burden grooves into "the world's largest local music festival", Hamtramck Music Festival @ Baker Street Car Bar. Celebrating Metro Detroit’s diverse music community, audiences hop venue to venue via foot or car to experience live performances by local bands in numerous Hamtramck favorites including bars, venues and restaurants.

Come check us out Fourth of July weekend, Friday, July 1st, on the Soaring Eagle Casino Stage, at Royal Oak Taco Fest, featuring tacos, tequila, MAW Lucha Libre wrestling, kids activities and live entertainment across three stages. This is the one, you won’t want to miss! Sponsored by:

Admission to Royal Oak Taco Fest is $7 in advance and $10 at the festival gates. The fest’s hours are 11 a.m.–11 p.m. July 1, 2 & 3 and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, July 4